9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum

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Welcome to the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum

Welcome to the new Website of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum which is based in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery at the Strand, Derby. The Regimental Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and legacy of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, a British cavalry regiment now operating in the armoured reconnaissance role. The Regiment’s origins lie in the 9th and the 12th Dragoons, both raised in 1715 which subsequently became Light Dragoons (in the mid/late-1700s) and Lancers (from 1816); between they them saw service in most major campaigns in which the British army was involved including the Napoleonic Wars, through campaigns in Afghanistan, India, and South Africa to the First and Second World Wars. After further service in Palestine, Malaya and Aden, the two regiments were amalgamated in 1960 to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers which has subsequently been fully engaged in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015 the Regiment will amalgamate with her sister Lancer Regiment, the Queens Royal Lancers, to form the Royal Lancers which will be the only serving Lancer regiment in the British Army.

This website contains many of the archives, medal rolls and photographic records held by the Museum, as well as Regimental Journals, histories and other documents. You will be able to search by name for those who served in the 19th and 20th centuries and for images of all the medals won by members of the Regiments. The Website will be under continuous development and will eventually include images of the main items held in the museum collection.

We hope you find this website interesting and informative and that you will visit us in Derby.