Lieutenant Colonel John Evelyn Darley commanded the 4th Hussars from 8 October 1916 – 31 March 1918.

After the Battle at Ypres in 1915, the cavalry was largely withdrawn from the line.

The 4th Hussars spent the next three years some twenty miles behind the line preparing for the breakthrough should it happen.

In the Spring of 1918 Ludendorf launched a massive offensive. It was a typical cavalry action followed by a dismounted attack with rifles and machine guns.

The infiltrating German infantry inflicted heavy casualties. Those killed included the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Darley, two other Officers and fourteen Other Ranks.

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