This battle honour was the first granted during the reign of Queen Victoria, to who was present at the storming of the Afghan fortress by Sir John Keane on July 23, 1839.
The Honour was awarded to the 4th Hussars.
In 1839 the first fighting was done storming the defended fortress of Ghuznee in which the 4th were ready should they be needed, and later in the year, Kabul was taken without a fight.
The 4th (Queen’s Own) Light Dragoons were in the Bombay Army that took part in the expedition into Afghanistan in 1839 to depose Dost Mohammed.
On 23 July they were present at the siege of Ghuznee, although it was entirely an infantry assault and they were reduced to the role of spectators.