13th REGIMENT OF BENGAL LANCERS – 1882
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Raised in 1857 as 4th Sikh Irregular Cavalry.
1861 – 13th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry.
1861 – 13th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry (Lancers).
1874 – 13th Regiment of Bengal Lancers.
1884 – 13th (Duke of Connaught’s) Regiment of Bengal Lancers.
1901 – 13th (Duke of Connaught’s) Bengal Lancers.
1903 – 13th Duke of Connaught’s Lancers.
1904 – 13th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse).
After the reforms of 1921, it amalgamated with the 16th Cavalry and was renamed the 13th / 16th Cavalry.
One year later, in 1922, he became the 6th Lancers of the Duke of Connaught. In 1927 it receives the denomination of 6th of Lancers of the Duke of Connaught (Watson’s Cavalry).
Following the independence of India in 1947, with the partition of the British Empire of India and the creation of the independent state of Pakistan, the lancers of the Duke of Connaught’s 6th Lancers (Watson’s Cavalry) were transferred to the Pakistani army, keeping its name until 1956 that it receives the new denomination of 6th Lancers.
Battle Honours: Afghanistan 1878-80, Egypt and Tel-el-Kebir, Punjab Frontier and Tirah Campaign.
Composition: (1901) Sikhs, Jats, Dogras and Punjabi Muhammadans.
The 13th Duke of Connaught’s Lancers was originally raised in Sep 1857, at Lahore, as the 4th Sikh Irregular Cavalry by Lieutenants H. Cattley and John Watson VC. Watson was appointed the commandant but did not join until 1860. He would go on to command the regiment for eleven years and is better known for introducing changes in the riding practices of the cavalry.
The regiment served in the Second Afghan War of 1878–80 and in Egypt in 1882, where it fought -together with the 2nd and 6th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry- against Arabi Pasha at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. It so impressed the Duke of Connaught that he requested his mother, Queen Victoria, to appoint him as their Colonel-in-Chief. In 1897, the regiment was engaged in suppressing the tribal uprisings on the Northwest Frontier.
During the First World War, the regiment remained on the Northwest Frontier until July 1916, when it moved to Mesopotamia for the relief of Kut-al-Amara (1). On its return, it served in Waziristan during the Third Afghan War in 1919.
The uniform features the distinctive scarlet blue kurta, with steel mesh shoulder pads on a red cloth background. The officers have the silver facings. On the red cashmere patterned cummerband is buckled the silver belt with a red stripe. The turbans differed from the native officers to the troop. Characteristic of this regiment were the banner of the lances, whose colors were blue and red.
In the Egyptian campaign, when the horses did not arrive in time, they had to use horses acquired in Syria.
The figure is inspired by an illustration by R. Catton Woodville for the magazine The illustrated London News, published in September 1882. In this illustration you can see the uniform used in this campaign. You could see the bags with feed for the horse, carried hanging from the front pommel of the saddle.
The siege of Kut-al-Amara, after more than four months of siege, was the largest surrender of the British army between 1783 and 1942
Size or Dimensions
54mm metal kit