9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers

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Also known as the Delhi Spearmen.


  • 1715 raised by Major-General Owen Wynne as the 9th Dragoons or "Wynne's Dragoons"
  • 1783 became the 9th Light Dragoons
  • 1816 became the 9th Lancers
  • 1830 became the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
  • 1921 became the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers
  • 1953 merged with 12th Royal Lancers and became 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

Service in British India

FIBIS resources

  • "Boy Soldier to Lancer: John Arnfield in the Anglo -Sikh Wars" by Ainslie Sharpe FIBIS Journal Number 26 Autumn 2011, pages 31-40 For details of how to access this article, see FIBIS Journals
John Arnfield transferred from the 16th Lancers 1 April 1846 when that regiment returned to England. He fought with the 9th Lancers in the 2nd Sikh War. He was discharged at his own request 11 February 1853. He had served in India since joining as a Boy in 1833 and had fought in both the 1st Sikh War and the 2nd Sikh War. He died in Calcutta in 1856, age 35, ‘out of employment’

Histories and Accounts

  • The Life of a Lancer in the Wars of the Punjab, or, Seven Years in India, 1843-50, by James Gilling, first published 1855, and available at the National Army Museum. Republished in 2014[1], but catalogued with the spelling Punjaub. Gilling was a private soldier and a description of the book says "It is the only published memoir written from the ranks of a lancer regiment at this period".

External links

Historical books online

A Lady's Diary Before and During the Indian Mutiny by M H Ouvry 1892 Archive.org. The author 's husband wrote the book above.
  • The Ninth Queen's Royal Lancers 1715-1936 by Major E W Sheppard 1939 is available to read online on the website of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum. There is also a history from 1936. Some of the pages were slow to display, or did not display in a reasonable time.