Battle Honours - A Proud Past

The 1st Hussars have received 34 Battle Honours throughout its history: 17 of which adorn the Guidon. Battle Honours are given to units which have displayed distinguished achievements during battle.


The Guidon in the Light Cavalry and the Armoured Corps is the counterpart of the Infantry Colour. Originally Guidons were intended as conspicuous rallying points in battle. Each Regiment has only one Guidon, of crimson silk damask, two feet eight inches deep and three feet five inches to the points of the swallow tails. Embroidered and fringed in gold, it is carried on a pike seven feet four inches long with tassels of mixed crimson and gold.

 

The Guidon of the 1st Hussars has as its center badge the White Horse of Hanover over a Coronet surrounded by the name "FIRST HUSSARS". All are within the National Wreath and ensigned with the Royal Crown. Beneath is the Regimental Motto "HODIE NON CRAS" (Today Not Tomorrow). In the first canton, or corner, is the abbreviated name of the Regiment "1H" and in the second and third, the White Horse of Hanover. The fourth contains the cipher of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Emblazoned are 17 of the Regiment's 34 Battle Honours.



The ceremony of Trooping the Guidon stems from that of Lodging the Guidon and derives its title from a troop or drum call. When Guidons were still used on active service, at each day's close, they were formally escorted to the safe custody of their overnight lodging in a building or tent. As part of that ceremony the Guidons were borne in slow time through the assembled Regiment to ensure recognition by all ranks in the confusion of battle. The exact drill for this procedure was laid down by Army Order and included "the part to be played by the drummers in beating a troop."

Traditionally each Guidon was carried by a Cornet, or junior officer, but in 1822 the responsibility was delegated to a Troop Sergeant Major. Today, the honour of carrying the Guidon is entrusted to the senior Master Warrant Officer.

 

First Hussars Battle Honours (Those in bold are carried on the Guidon)

"South Africa 1900"
"SOMME 1916"
"Scarpe 1918"
"Flers-Courcelette"
"Drocourt-Queant"
"Ancre Heights"
"Hindenburg Line"
"Arras 1917,1918"
"Canal du Nord"
"Vimy 1917"
"Cambrai 1918"
"Amiens"
"Pursuit to Mons"
"France and Flanders 1915-1918"
"Normandy Landing"
"Falaise Road"
"Putot-en Bessin"

"Quesnay Wood"
"Le Mesnil-Patry"
"The Laison"
"Caen"
"Chambois"
"The Orne"
"Calais 1944"
"Bourguebus Ridge"
"The Lower Maas"
"Faubourg de Vaucelles"
"The Rhineland"
"Verrieres Ridge - Tilly - la - Campagne"
"The Hochwald"
"Apeldoorn"
"Falaise"
"Bad Zwischenahn"
"North West Europe 1944-1945"

"Afghanistan"