Lieutenant Colonel Victor Sandeman (Figure 9), having seen service in the 17th Lancers joined the King’s Colonials on the 20th July 1904. He became Commanding Officer of the 4th County of London Yeomanry, King Edward's Horse (the King's Overseas Dominions Regiment) from January 1913 to June 1914 and again after a period of ill health from the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914 to June 1916.Figure 9, upper image: Lieutenant Colonel Victor Sandeman, Commanding Officer from January 1913 to June 1914 and August 1914 to June 1916 (Lieutenant Colonel Lionel James. The History of King Edwards Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment). London: Sifton, Praed & Co, 1921).
The King Edward’s Horse was mobilised for war on the 4th August 1914. For many Troopers it was a card to loved ones back home and off to ‘the grand adventure’ (Figure 10).Figure 10, bottom image: A mounted Trooper (Ernest ---) of King Edward’s Horse writes home to his sister as he sets off to war. He is equipped with a .303 Short Medium Lee Enfield Mark 1 rifle (in its holster) and 1908 pattern cavalry sword (Image from an online auction site).