Topic: Militia - K.E.Horse
King Edward's Horse
King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment)
The following is a extract from British Army Orders, cited as Army Order 79, 1913, King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment) which formalised the specific establishment of the Regiment by clearly defining its purpose.
Army Order 79, 1913, King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment)
Instructions, Regulations, Etc.
His Majesty the ping has been graciously pleased to approve of the conversion of King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment), now a unit of the Territorial Force, into a unit of the Special Reserve, under the title of “King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment)."
The conversion, with His Majesty's approval, of King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment), from a unit of the Territorial Force to a unit of the Special Reserve, is intended to mark the connexion of the regiment with the Oversew Dominions, and the fact that the regiment is solely recruited front citizens of, or those intimately connected with, the ding's Oversew Dominions.
The appended orders regarding the conversion are published for the information of all concerned
1. Since the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 does not provide for the transfer of a Territorial Force unit to the Special Reserve, it becomes necessary, in order to effect the conversion of King Edward's Horse Yeomanry to a unit of the Special Reserve, to disband the regiment, and to reconstitute it as a Special Reserve unit, under the title of " King Edward's Horse (the King's Oversea Dominions Regiment)."
2. Those officers and non-commissioned officers and men who elect to continue in the regiment will be required to serve in the Special Reserve of Officers and in the Special Reserve, respectively.
3. This procedure will not cause any break in the services of those officers and non-commissioned officers and men who elect to serve in the Special Reserve of Officers and in the Special Reserve, respectively.
4. On mobilization being ordered, all ranks will be liable for service, both at home and abroad. In undertaking to serve in the Special Reserve of officers and in the Special Reserve, officers, non-commissioned officers and men serving in the new unit will be liable for service with their own corps, or such part of that corps as may be required.
5. The organization of the regiment will remain as at present, viz.:-
Machine gun section,
6. The peace establishment of the unit will be as shown in the Appendix to this Order.
Command and Training.
7. The officer commanding the regiment will be responsible for the command and training of his unit, under the orders of the General Officer Commanding, 4th Cavalry Brigade, and the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command.
8. Recruits' training and annual training will be carried out as laid down for yeomanry in the Regulations for the Territorial Force, but in the case of trained soldiers a minimum of fifteen days' annual training in camp must be performed.
9. Additional training will be given as far as the subscribed funds in the hands of the Committee of Administration admit, but no expenditure will be admissible from army funds beyond that authorized for a regiment of territorial yeomanry.
10. Training will be carried out in accordance with the Yeomanry and Mounted Rifle Training Manual, 1912.
11. The regiment will cease to be subject to the control of the Territorial Force Association for the County of London.
12. Correspondence will be conducted in accordance with the general rules of Section XIV of the King's Regulations.
13. Such matters as have hitherto been dealt with by the Territorial Force Association for the County of London and the General Officer Commanding, London District, respectively, will in future be dealt with by the present Committee of Administration, and the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, respectively.
14. The regimental head-quarters will remain in the present premises at the Duke of York's Head-quarters, Chelsea. All correspondence regarding the upkeep and repair of the buildings occupied will be addressed to the County of London Territorial Force Association.
15. The regiment will be affiliated to the Cavalry Record Office at Canterbury.
Pay and Allowances.
16. All grants to the regiment, whether in money or in kind, and the personal emoluments of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men will be those of a regiment of territorial yeomanry, and will be issued at the rates and subject to the conditions laid down from time to time in the Territorial Force Regulations. The special outfit allowance, gratuities and bounties of the Special Reserve will not be admissible.
17. All grants, other than personal emoluments, will be payable to the Committee of Administration, which, in regard to the expenditure and administration of such funds, will occupy the same position as a County Association, and will be guided by the instructions in Part II, section 4, Territorial Force Regulations. The Committee's accounts will be rendered under section 5.
18. Any extra expense incurred for training in excess of the prescribed periods will be borne by the private funds of the regiment. The prescribed periods of training, for which pay and allowances are admissible, are as laid down for a regiment of yeomanry in the Territorial Force Regulations.
19. All officers serving on the date of conversion will be eligible for commissions in the Special Reserve of Officers on condition of accepting the liability –
(a) To serve abroad in time of war.
(b) To perform the annual training prescribed for this regiment.
Soldiers-Enlistment and Terms of Service.
20. As a soldier cannot be held to serve in the Special Reserve on a Territorial Force attestation, all non-commissioned officers and men now serving will be discharged forthwith from the Territorial Force. Those willing to continue serving under the new conditions will then be re-attested for the Special Reserve, either for a period corresponding with the remainder of their current engagement in the Territorial Force or for a fresh period of four years, as they desire.
21. In the case of future enlistments which will be solely confined to citizens of, or those intimately connected with the King's Oversea Dominions, the standards of age, height, &c., will be as laid down in the Recruiting Regulations for the Irish Horse, and the limit of age for continuance in the service will be thirty-five years, except in the case of non-commissioned officers of and above the rank of sergeant, for whom it will be forty years.
22. In future, enlistments will be for the term of four years, and re-engagements up to thirty-five years of age may be permitted at the discretion of the officer commanding the regiment. Payments for purchase of discharge will be regulated by the Committee of Administration in accordance with the general principles laid down in paragraph 802, Territorial Force Regulations.
23. Recruiting will be carried out by the officer commanding the regiment, with the assistance of the adjutant and the regular establishment under the authority of the Committee of Administration.
24. All men joining the Special Reserve become army reservists and therefore subject to the same conditions of service and liabilities as regular reservists.
25. When called out for training, or on mobilization, they become subject to military law.
Citation: King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment), Army Order 79, 1913