2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)

2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)

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The 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse) was a cavalry regiment of the British Indian Army raised in 1809. It served in the Nepal and First World Wars. During the reconstruction of the British Indian Army in 1922 it was amalgamated with the 4th Cavalry.

Early history

The regiment was raised in 1809 by William Linnaeus Gardner who had previously served with the 74th Highlanders; it first saw service in the Nepal War of 1815.Like all regiments of the Indian Army, the 2nd Lancers (Gardner’s Horse) underwent many name changes in various reorganisations. (They are listed below):

World War I

The regiment was sent to France in World War I as part of the Mhow Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Indian Cavalry Division. It was brigaded with the 6th Dragoons and the 38th King George's Own Central India HorseHaythornthwaite P.J. (1992). The World War One Sourcebook, Arms and Armour Press.During their time on the Western Front the regiment was involved in the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Bazentin, Battle of Flers Courcelette, the Advance to the Hindenburg Line and the Battle of Cambrai.


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