Royal Irish Lancers
Honours of World War One
5th Royal Irish Lancers won a total of 20 battle honours
during World War One, they are listed below:
Retreat from Mons
Ypres 1914 '15
Canal du Nord
Pursuit to Mons
France and Flanders 1914-18
- How They Were Awarded
The award of battle honours for World War One was decreed
by the Army Council and issued under Army Order 338 of
4th September 1922 regarding the rules. The following
are extracts from it:
Regiments will have emblazoned on their Standards, Guidons,
and Colours not more than 24 Honours of which not more
than 10 will be "Great War" honours..."
"The guiding principle in the selection and allotment
of battle honours will be that Headquarters and at least
50 per cent of the effective strength of a unit in a theatre
of war must have been present."
Regimental Committees under the chairmanship of their
regimental colonels will be set up to select the particular
honours for Regimental Colours."
Given that many regiments had so many pre-WW1 battle
honours, the limitations proved difficult and Army Order
470 was issued on Dec 24 1922 making the process a little
easier for the Regimental Committees:
"Regiments of cavalry will have emblazoned on their
standards and guidons Battle Honours earned...up to a
maximum of 10, in addition to those already carried.."
"Battalions of infantry...will have emblazoned on
their King's Colour, Battle Honours up to a maximum of
10, in addition to those already carried."
A number of additions and corrections were ordered up
to August 1939.