10th Queen's Own Canadian Hussars
The 10th Queen's Own Canadian Hussars (QOCH) was a cavalry regiment of the Non-Permanent Active Militia (this was the name of the part-time volunteer Canadian Armed Forces before the formation of the Canadian Army in 1940) which existed between 1856–1913 and 1928–1936.
|Queen's Own Canadian Hussars|
10th Queen's Own Canadian Hussars
|Active||13 November 1856 – 15 August 1913|
1 August 1928 – 1 February 1936
|Branch||Non-Permanent Active Militia|
|Garrison/HQ||Quebec City, PQ|
Although the unit did not take part in any fixed actions of its own various officers and men were incorporated as volunteers into Canadian Expeditionary Forces overseas such as the Canadian Mounted Rifles in the Second Boer War, where some distinguished themselves such as Lieutenant General Richard Ernest William Turner who, as a lieutenant serving with the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), won the Victoria Cross at Leliefontein, one of three officers from the RCD who were given the award for the same action.
On 1 August 1928 the 10th were re-raised, again in Quebec City, but disbanded permanently on 1 February 1936.
Although not sent as a unit to the Second Boer War, some personnel volunteered to serve with the Canadian Mounted Rifles (CMR) which was raised to soldier in that campaign. Various sources list individuals from the QOCH who were attached to the CMR (First Contingent) such as the following members of E Company (Montreal):
- Dynes, E. J.
- Home, F.
- Lee, F.
- Sheehan, M.
- Tregett, J.
Amongst the number who volunteered for service in South Africa was 29-year-old Richard Ernest William Turner who had been commissioned into the QOCH as a lieutenant, rising to the rank of major. In order to serve overseas he dropped rank to lieutenant and joined the Royal Canadian Dragoons. During his service there he gained the Victoria Cross along with two other RCD soldiers, Lt HZC Cockburn and Sgt E Holland. Turner was given command of the 10th QOCH as a Lt Colonel. He was eventually promoted to Lt General during World War I although his career finished ignominiously after a friendly fire incident near the town of St. Eloi in September 1916. This resulted in him being removed from command and given administrative jobs for the rest of his time with the Canadian forces.
Uniform and badgeEdit
The uniform was similar to that of Imperial hussar regiments, dark blue with gold frogging on the jacket and a double yellow stripe on the trouser. Unlike other Canadian hussar regiments the QOCH also wore a busby similar to their Imperial cousins. The rest of the Canadian hussars (with the exception of the 8th) wore a white helmet.
The badge had a blackened silver maple leaf is the central device and was attached to the main body by two pins. The rest of the badge is gilded. The collar dogs (badges worn on the lapel) were all gilt.
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