6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers

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Formed in 1922 by the amalgamation of the

Francis Ingall, in his autobiography The Last of the Bengal Lancers (available online, see below) wrote:

In 1930 the Regiment was horses, the sowars (troopers , enlisted men) carried lances, and the officers carried sabres and pistols…In 1940 the 6th Lancers was mechanized and became a light armoured regiment, reorganized and re-equipped to play a distinguished part in the Second World War[1]

Regimental history

  • The 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers in Italy, September 1943 - May 1945 [published anonymously but attributed to Major F Brock]. Published Durban, 1948. Available at the Imperial War Museums LBY 25624 .

External links

  • Obituary of Francis Ingall 1908-1998. He was in war time command of the 6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers in Italy. Mechanised in India in 1940, the 6th Lancers served in Iraq in 1941 then went with the 8th Indian Division to Persia to counter the German threat to the oilfields in 1942. After the invasion of Italy the 8th Indian Division landed at Brindisi in October 1943 and from then on the 6th Lancers fought their way northwards with the Eighth Army. theojclub.com, now archived.
  • 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers (Watson's Horse) Defence Journal website, May 1999, now archived. An extract from John Gaylor's book Sons of John Company.

Historical books online


  1. Page 3 The Last of the Bengal Lancers by Francis Ingall Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library