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THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY -

BRIEF REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF

THE HOUSEHOLD BATTALION

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The Household Battalion

1916 - 1917

1916

In September 1916, the Household Battalion was formed.
This was an infantry battalion with Household Cavalry Officers and
NCOs, with men who had volunteered for the duration of the war
for the Household Cavalry.

Three months after it was formed, the Battalion was in the trenches
in France, at Sailly-Saillisel in the Somme Valley, with the 4th Division.
Their first action cost them 300 casualties.

1917
At the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe River (May 1917), the Battalion fought
for 14 days in the capture of Roeux Village, a subsidiary action in the
greater battle of Arras (1917).

In the 3rd Battle of Ypres (1917), the Household Battalion added
the honours of Brookseinde, Poelcappelle and Passchendale to the
Household Cavalry's battle honours during the month of October 1917.

The Battalion was disbanded in January 1918.

In 12 months it had suffered a total of 20 officers and 437 men killed in action.
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