I have a photo of my Grandad James Shipp who is in a group of soldiers entitled 'Wounded in Shabkadar'. Where could i find any information about him when he was out there or were only Officers mentioned in action reports etc?
Philip Wilson, on 14 August 2009 - 07:03 PM, said:
The 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers get a five line entry only in Brigadier James' British Cavalry and Yeomanry 1914-18:
Battle Honours N.W.Frontier of India, 1915, 1916.
4.8.14 Rawal Pindi. Remained in India throughout the War.
A Service Squadron formed part of the X1V Corps Cavalry Regiment in France from June 1916 to August 1917.
The History of the 17th/21st Lancers by R.L.V. ffrench Blake confirms the Service Squadron which fought in France on the Somme and elsewhere was formed mainly from reservists at Tidworth in June 1916 and was disbanded August 1917. The reason being given that infantry losses had become so great they required every possible man to serve in that arm.
Chapter 10 of 'The Last Charge - the 21st Lancers and the Battle of Omdurman' by Terry Brighton ISBN 1 86126 189 6 covers the action at Shabkadar in 1915 in some detail. It also provides an overview of the 21st Lancers involvement in France and Flanders. There are several exceptionally good photos of the 21st Lancers in India and France. The book is well worth reading.