United Kingdom

10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Hussars

Cropped mounted photo - Signed

Lieutenant Clement Henri Peto in India in 1910

Clement is wearing the two "pips" (showing the rank of Lieutenant) introduced in the 1902 regulations.

This photo gives an excellent view of the officers' chained pouch belt, a distinctive pattern of the 10th Hussars. The Prince of Wales' Feathers can distinctly be seen on the badge holding the pickers. Note also how the 10th wore their cap lines under the left arm and not around the neck.

Clement Henry Peto was born in 1884 in London  Kensington. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Peto, of Dunkinty, Elgin. He was educated in at Harrow and Sandhurst, and from the Royal Military College was gazetted Second Lieutenant into the 10th Hussars on 3rd February 1904. The 10th Hussars had left South Africa for Mhow in India in 1903 so it must have taken him a while to join his Regiment. He'll be promoted to Lieutenant on 22nd october 1905. 

In 1908, the 10th moved from Mhow to Rawalpindi. Clement H. Peto will reach the rank of Captain on 23rd September 1910 (so the photo had been taken earlier in 1910).The Regiment will go to Potschefstroom in South Africa in 1913.

At the outbreak of the War, they sailed from Capetown to the UK (august 1914). On arrival they joined the 6th Cavalry Brigade in the 3rd Cavalry Division at Ludgershall on 22 September 1914. The 10th Hussars embarked for France and Flanders with the British Expeditionary Force, landing at Ostende on 8 October 1914. They formed part of the "Old Contemptibles", a nickname the original British Expeditionnary Force defiantly adopted after the famous "Order of the Day" given by Kaiser Wilhelm II on the 19th August, 1914: "It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English; walk over General French's contemptible little Army."

The regiment was dismounted and served as infantry in the trenches at Ypres. On 17 November 1914, the Germans attacked. The 10th Hussars suffered two Officers and ten ORs killed. Captain C.H. Peto was one of them.

He rests in the Ypres Town Cemetary.

Extracts from the London Gazette

The medal card above stipulates the late C.H. Peto was entitled to the famous "trio" :


The Victory Medal with Oak Leaf ("Emblems") for those mentionned in despatches


The British War Medal


The 1914 Star (for those who served with the establishment of their unit in France and Belgium between August 5th 1914, and midnight of November 22/23rd, 1914) with a bar inscribed "5 aug. to 22 Nov. 1914" ("Clasps") for those who served under fire