The 20th Light Dragoons formed part of a force sent by Wellington to eastern Spain to stop Marshal Suchet from moving north with his army to join up with French forces.
The 20th Light Dragoons formed part of a force sent by Wellington to the east of Spain to stop Marshal Suchet from joining up with French forces in the west. In March 1813, the 20th drove the French out of Alcoy, and in April took part in the Battle of Castella, just north of Alicante, causing the French to retreat in disorder. By September they had pushed the French north to Villa Franca, near Barcelona. There, in company with the Brunswick Hussars, they charged a 2,000-strong French force, causing it to withdraw. In May 1814 the 20th Light Dragoons sailed for Malta and returned to England, landing at Portsmouth in September.