In 1811 both regiments sailed for the Spanish Peninsula in order to reinforce the Duke of Wellington’s Army and both regiments were awarded the honour ‘Peninsula’. The lancer regiments of Napoleon’s Army had shown how effective cavalry regiments armed with the lance could be and in 1816 an order was published directing that the 9th and 12th Light Dragoons should be armed with the lance. In 1842 the 9th were sent to India and in 1843 they took part in the campaign against the Mahratta State of Gwalior. In 1855 the 12th were sent from India to the Crimea to reinforce the Light Cavalry Brigade which had been decimated by the charge at Balaclava. Both regiments were in India at the outbreak of the Mutiny in 1857. The 9th was the only regiment to be present at the three major actions of the campaign and during this campaign the 9th won 13 Victoria Crosses. In 1878 the 9th took part in the Afghan campaign. In addition to the famous charge at Kila Kazi the regiment also too part in famous march from Kabul to Kandahar. In 1879 Lord William Beresford of the 9th was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Zulu War. Both regiments fought in the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902.