The majority of the collection comprises administrative records which document the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (R.G.H.) as a fighting unit in the Middle East during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. There is particularly full documentation of the Western desert campaigns of 1941-1942.
In addition to official war diaries spanning both World Wars, the collection includes several personal accounts of battle experiences which were used to provide background material for the various R.G.H. histories.
The collection also illustrates R.G.H. social and welfare activities, particularly after the Second World War when only the dedication of certain senior officers enabled the regiment to retain its identity and spirit. The papers preserved by Lt. Col. "Sam" Lloyd are of particular interest in this respect.
C.O. Commanding Officer
N.C.O. Non commissioned officer
O.R. Other ranks
P.O.W. Prisoner of war
R.A.C. Royal Armoured Corps
R.G.H. Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
R.W.Y. Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
T.A. Territorial Army