Last lance cavalry battle to be remembered

Prince Andrew will join 150 9th/12th Royal Lancer soldiers at a memorial service at Montcel-Fretoy in France on Sunday, September 7
Prince Andrew will join 150 9th/12th Royal Lancer soldiers at a memorial service at Montcel-Fretoy in France on Sunday, September 7
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The last lance-on-lance cavalry battle of the First World War is to be commemorated this weekend.

The Duke of York, Colonel in Chief of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers which recruits from Northamptonshire, will join 150 soldiers at a memorial service at Montcel-Fretoy in France on Sunday, September 7.

The service forms part of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and will take place on the 100th anniversary of the Great War’s final lance-on-lance cavalry battle.

This was fought on September 7, 1914, between the 9th Lancers and 1st Garde Dragoner (Prussian Dragoons).

During this intense battle on horseback there were remarkably only four fatalities, one of which was Lt F de V Allfrey who had been in charge of the machine gun and was on foot when killed.

The Ccmmanding officer was wounded in the charge and was dismounted from his horse.

Records recount how he was amazed that while on the ground he was not trampled by the horses that were still engaged in combat.

To recognise this defining moment in the regiment’s history, a short service will be held at Fretoy Communal Cemetery.

The service will be led by the Rev Carl Stokes, chaplain to The 9th 12th Royal Lancers.

During the visit, Prince Andrew will also present operational service medals to a number of soldiers following their recent return from Afghanistan.