Topic: Militia - K.E.Horse
King Edward's Horse
King Edward's Horse an Oversea Dominions' Regiment
KING EDWARD'S HORSE AN OVERSEA DOMINIONS' REGIMENT.
FINE BODY OF MEN.
(From our Special Correspondent.)
London, August 5.
The King has given his special approval to the change of name of the King's Colonials, which body is in future to be called King Edward's Horse. Thanks to a munificent gift from Lord Strathcona and to other liberal contributions, the future of King Edward's Horse rests upon a solid foundation, and the gradual expansion of the corps and its influence throughout the Empire may be expected with confidence.
The King's Colonials were raised in November, 1909, and through the influence and keen personal sympathy of King Edward, who was pleased to become honorary colonel, were enrolled in the forces of the Crown as a regiment of Imperial Yeomanry. The raison d'etre of the King's Colonials was to commemorate the personal services rendered in South Africa to the Empire by the oversea Dominions, and to enable citizens of the different States domiciled or temporarily resident in England to qualify themselves for the defence of the Empire. The qualifications for King Edward's Horse are that the recruit shall be born in a Dominion or Crown colony, or that he shall come of parents born in a Dominion or Crown colony, or shall have lived in a Dominion or Crown colony for not less than five years, while all who join the regiment give on undertaking to fight for the Empire in the case of national emergency wherever their services may be required.
The gradual creation of an Imperial general staff happily synchronises with the enlarged activities which certainly lie ahead of the King's Oversea Dominions Regiment, for it is to be hoped that the newly named corps will prove a valuable source of supply of men trained and qualified to take their place as officers in the local forces. The enlisted strength of the regiment at present is 472 officers and men, and included in this number are 38 Rhodes scholars and representatives from every oversea Dominion. It may be mentioned that the Rhodes trustees contribute to the funds of the regiment, thus giving practical proof of their approval of King Edward's Horse as a factor in Imperial education and federation.
King Edward's Horse, which is a unit of the London Mounted Brigade, is now training on Salisbury Plain, and all critics are agreed that the spirit, intelligence, and, physique of all ranks are so splendid that, given adequate training, a finer lot of soldiers would not be found anywhere.
[A recent cable message announced that King George had accepted the colonelcy-in-chief of King Edward's Horse.]
Citation: King Edward's Horse, King Edward's Horse an Oversea Dominions' Regiment, The Advertiser, Wednesday 7 September 1910, p. 8