|In the mud and barbed wire of the Western Front there was little use for troops on horseback.|
Cavalry had taken part in the opening battles of the Great War which then settled into four years of static trench warfare.
In other theatres of war such as Palestine the mounted soldier was used with effect.
The lowest rank in the infantry is a Private, in the Cavalry it is a Trooper often abbreviated to Tpr.
|In Victorian days Cavalry were the elite of the British Army.|
If a soldier in a photograph is wearing spurs which show as an oval of leather covering his bootlaces he is something to do with horses.
Mounted troops often wore bandoliers to carry spare ammunition as the usual waistbelt pouches would be uncomfortable when seated on a saddle. Both the Royal Field Artillery and the Army Service Corps troops favoured bandoliers and spurs.The number of men serving in the RFA and ASC was enormous compared with those in the Cavalry and Yeomany; so be careful not to jump to conclusions.
Many Cavalry Regiments were dismounted later in the war and became infantry in France and Flanders.
In 1937 most Cavalry Regiments were mechanised by being changed from horses to armoured cars or Tanks.