The Battle of Ferozeshah was fought between the British East India Company and the Sikh Empire, at the village of Ferozeshah in Punjab. The British were led by Sir Hugh Gough and Governor-General Sir Henry Hardinge, while the Sikhs were led by Lal Singh.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 3rd Hussars.


The 3rd played a magnificent part in this battle against the invading Sikh Army. The Sikhs were in an entrenched position at Ferozeshah and to begin with, the 3rd moved up slowly in support of the infantry, but at the crucial moment when the centre two divisions had gained a tenuous foothold on the enemy fortifications, the 3rd was launched in a charge against their left flank.

They went headlong over the entrenchments cutting down the gunners then, shouting wildly, they stormed through the camp, leaping over guy ropes, tent pegs, guns and every sort of obstacle until they smashed straight through the Sikh reserves coming out of the other side of their position, where they rallied.

The next day a second Sikh Army of 20,000 men approached, when all the Anglo-Indian cavalry, through a staff mix up, departed for Ferozepore leaving the 3rd as the only cavalry with the Army.

The massed Sikh cavalry charged our lines but inexplicably halted 150 meters away and then allowed the 3rd to charge and repulse them. They turned about and fled, followed by all their infantry and gunners who abandoned all their equipment.

In the two days, the regiment lost 55 killed (including 2 officers) and 100 wounded.

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