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Household Battalion

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I am off to Belgium tomorrow to the Tyne Cot Memorial. My grandfather was a Trooper in the Household Battalion and was killed in the 3rd battle of Ypres. Can anybody tell me what the role of a Trooper was?

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Private soldier. In the GW, the rank of Trooper applied only to the lowest rank of the Household Cavalry (1st Life Guards, 2nd Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards), all other cavalry units still using "Private".

Trooper was introduced to Line Cavalry post-war.

Basically, your man was a Private.

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But of course the Household Battalion was an infantry unit, raised from men not required to serve in the mounted role with the Household Cavalry

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But still retaining Household Cavalry ranks, so your chap was a cavalryman on foot.

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Thankyou for your comments.

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I should also add that the service records for these men were not with those badly affected by bombing in WWII, but at the RHQ in Windsor. They were transferred to The National Archives just a few years ago, and form series WO 400. They have not been digitised, but can be seen at Kew.

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