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3rd Skinner's Horse
Active 1903–1922
Country British India
Branch British Indian Army
Type Cavalry
Battle honours Afghanistan
Ghuznee 1839
Afghanistan 1879-80
Punjab Frontier
The Great War
France and Flanders, 1914-15-16
Baluchistan, 1918
The Third Aghan War

The 3rd Skinner's Horse was originally raised at Hansi by Lt.-Col. James Skinner as the 2nd Regiment of Skinner’s Horse in 1814, the various changes and amalgamations are listed below.

  • 1814 2nd Regiment of Skinner's Horse
  • 1821 Baddeley’s Frontier Horse
  • 1823 4th (Baddeley’s) Local Horse
  • 1840 4th Irregular Cavalry
  • 1861 3rd Regiment of Bengal Cavalry
  • 1901 3rd Bengal Cavalry (Skinner’s Horse)
  • 1903 3rd Skinner’s Horse.
  • 1921 1st/3rd Skinner’s Horse.
  • 1922 1st Duke of York's Own Skinner's Horse


3rd Skinner’s Horse was sent to the Western Front, France, with the Meerut Cavalry Brigade in late 1914, remaining there until their transfer back to India in 1916, then they were posted to the Loralai for service on the North West Frontier. They saw action during the Third Anglo-Afghan War of 1919.

Claude Stokes, intelligence officer for the Dunsterforce was an officer with the 3rd Skinner's Horse.

It amalgamated with the 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers Skinner's Horse at Sialkot in June 1921 and so ceased to have a separate identity, its traditions and honours being carried forward by the new regiment.


  • Kempton, C (1996). A Register of Titles of the Units of the H.E.I.C. & Indian Armies 1666-1947. Bristol: British Empire & Commonwealth Museum. ISBN 978-0-9530174-0-9
  • Daniels, Major A. M. (1925) The History of Skinner's Horse.

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