1st Cavalry Division

Known as the Cavalry Division until September 1914. The Cavalry division was not formed until the war had started. The 1st Cavalry Brigade was at Aldershot, the 2nd Cavalry Brigade at Tidworth, the 3rd Cavlary Brigade was in Ireland and the 4th Cavalry Brigade was in London and the south east. The Division was formed in August 1914 and went to France between 15 and 18 August 1914. On 16 September the Cavalry Division became the 1st Cavalry Division. At times during the war the division served in the trenches as infantry, each Cavalry Brigade once dismounted formed a dismounted regiment under the command of a Brigadier. The 1st Cavalry Division served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements
France and Flanders

Battle of Mons. 23 - 24 Aug 1914.
Action of Élouges. 24 Aug 1914.
Rearguard Action of Solesmes. 25 Aug 1914.
Battle of Le Cateau. 26 Aug 1914.
Affair of Néry. 1 Sep 1914.
Rearguard Actions of Villers Cottérêts. 1 Sep 1914.
Battle of the Marne. 7- 9 Sep 1914, including the Passage of the Petit Morin and the Passage of the Marne.
Battle of the Aisne. 12 - 15 Sep 1914, including the Passage of the Aisne and Capture of the Aisne Heights and Chemin des Dames.
Actions of the Aisne Heights. 20 Sep 1914.
Battle of La Bassée. 10 Oct - 2 Nov 1914.
Battle of Messines. 12 Oct - 2 Nov 1914.

 

 

Battle of Frezenberg. 9 - 13 May 1915.
Battle of Bellewaarde. 24 May 1915.

 

Battle of Flers - Courcelette. 15 Sep 1916.

 

 

First Battle of the Scarpe. 9 - 12 Apr 1917.
The Tank Attack. 20 - 21 Nov 1917.
Capture of Bourlon Wood. 23 - 26 Nov 1917.
The German Counter Attacks. 30 Nov - 3 Dec 1917.

 

Battle of St. Quentin. 21 - 23 Mar 1918.
First Battle of Bapaume. 24 - 25 Mar 1918.
Battle of Rosières. 26 - 27 Mar 1918.
Battle of Amiens. 8 - 10 Aug 1918.
Battle of Albert. 21 Aug 1918.
Battle of Cambrai. 8 Oct 1918.
The Persuit to the Selle. 9 - 12 Oct 1918.

 

   

 

Cavalry Units

 

1st Cavalry Brigade.

2nd Dragoon Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
5th Dragoon Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
11th Hussars. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

 

 

2nd Cavalry Brigade.

4th Dragoon Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
9th Lancers. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.
18th Hussars. 04 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

3rd Cavalry Brigade. (Placed under the command of Brigadier Gough on 06 Sep 1914 and then transfered to the 2nd Cavalry Division on its formation on 13 Sep 1914).

4th Hussars. 04 Aug 1914 - 06 Sep 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division.
5th Lancers. 04 Aug 1914 - 06 Sep 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division.
16th Lancers. 04 Aug 1914 - 06 Sep 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division.

 

 

4th Cavalry Brigade. (Transfered to the 2nd Cavalry Division 14 Oct 1914).

Composite Regt of Household Cavalry. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 Oct 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division.
6th Dragoon Guards. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 Oct 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division.
3rd Hussars. 04 Aug 1914 - 14 Oct 1914. to the 2nd Cavalry Division.

9th Cavalry Brigade. (Formed 14 Apr 1915).

8th Hussars. 10 Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
15th Hussars. 14 Apr 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
19th Hussars. 14 Apr 1915 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry. 12 Jun 1915 - 10 Mar 1918. To the Cavalry Corps Cyclist Reserve.

 

 

Attached Troops

HQ and C Sqn 1st Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry. 20 Apr 1916 - 04 May 1916. To the III Corps Cavalry.
Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars. 31 Oct 1914 - 11 Nov 1914. To the 2nd Cavalry Division
23rd Divisional Cyclist Coy. 20 Apr 1916 - 09 May 1916. To the IV Corps Cyclist Bn.
33rd Divisional Cyclist Coy. 20 Apr 1916 - 09 May 1916. to the XI Corps Cyclist Bn.

 

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