9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum

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Welcome to the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum

Welcome to the Website of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Museum based in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery in Derby. Our Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the 9th /12th Royal Lancers, one of Britain’s greatest cavalry regiments.  This website gives you access to many of the treasures that we hold.


The origins of the 9th /12th Royal Lancers lie in the 9th and 12th Dragoons, which were raised in 1715 to deal with the Jacobite rebellion of that year.  The two Regiments saw action in almost all of the major campaigns in which the British Army has fought the Napoleonic Wars and Waterloo, Afghanistan, India and South Africa and the First and Second World Wars.  Since then they have served in Palestine, Malaya and Aden, before the two regiments were amalgamated in 1960 to form the 9th/12th Royal Lancers,  and subsequently fully engaged in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.


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


Over the years the Regiment, and its antecedents, have undergone many changes.  They adopted the lance (and with it the name of 9th and 12th Lancers) in 1816 and were one of the first Regiments to change horses for armoured vehicles in 1927.  Most recently, on 1st May 2015, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Regiment amalgamated with the Queen’s Royal Lancers to form the Royal Lancers.  The serving Regiment is currently based in Catterick, North Yorkshire and is the only remaining serving Lancer Regiment in the British Army, operating in the armoured reconnaissance role.


As well as our Museum at Derby we have a sister Museum at Thoresby, Nottinghamshire (for the Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum).  Their website is at www.qrlnymuseum.co.uk.