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1715
March 24

The founding of the regiments

The founding of the regiments

 In July 1715 King George I approved a measure to augment the Army, in order to counter the First Jacobite Rebellion, which planned to place..Read More

1732
June 1

Lord Mark Kerr’s Dragoons

Lord Mark Kerr’s Dragoons

Honywood’s Dragoons were retitled Lord Mark Kerr’s Dragoons. At this time a regiment was named after the officer who had received a warrant from the..Read More

1745
June 1

Cobham’s Dragoons

Cobham’s Dragoons

Gore’s Dragoons were retitled Churchill’s and subsequently Cobham’s Dragoons. At this time a regiment was named after the officer who had received a warrant from..Read More

1746
April 16

Battle of Culloden, Scotland

Battle of Culloden, Scotland

From 1745 Cobham’s Dragoons and Lord Mark Kerr’s Dragoons saw service in the Second Jacobite Rebellion. They both took part in the Battle of Culloden..Read More

1751
January 1

10th and 11th Dragoons

10th and 11th Dragoons

In 1751 Cobham’s Dragoons and Lord Mark Kerr’s Dragoons were retitled 10th Dragoons and 11th Dragoons. During much of the 18th century, the Dragoon regiments..Read More

1759
January 1

The 20th Inniskilling Light Dragoons

The 20th Inniskilling Light Dragoons were formed in 1759, during the Seven Years War. After 1746, regiments did not take their title from their Colonel..Read More

1760
July 31

Battle of Warburg, Germany

Battle of Warburg, Germany

The Battle of Warburg was fought during the Seven Years War between Britain and the Hanoverians against the French. Twelve British regiments were involved including..Read More

1775
January 1

The 20th Light Dragoons resurrected

A day’s work for the cavalry soldier was ruled by trumpet calls, and was split between looking after his horse and riding out on patrol...Read More

1776
January 1

The 14th Light Dragoons

The American War of Independence showed the need for lighter, more mobile troops. The 14th Dragoons were converted to Light Dragoons. Light Dragoons were required..Read More

1781
January 1

23rd and 26th Light Dragoons

The 23rd Light Dragoons and 26th Light Dragoons were raised, renumbered and disbanded as and when the Army needed more regiments. The 23rd Light Dragoons..Read More

1783
June 1

10th and 11th Light Dragoons

10th and 11th Light Dragoons

In 1783, the 10th Dragoons were retitled the 10th, or Prince of Wales’s Own, Light Dragoons. The 11th Dragoons were retitled the 11th Light Dragoons...Read More

December 1

The 20th Light Dragoons disbanded

The Treaty of Paris ended the American War of Independence.

1793
March 1

War with France 1793 to 1814

War with France 1793 to 1814

In 1793 the French king was beheaded and France declared war on Britain. The conflict lasted 20 years and involved most of Europe. The 10th..Read More

1794
April 26

Battles of Beaumont and Willems

Two squadrons of the 11th Light Dragoons were sent to fight in France and the Low Countries, serving at Famars and Valenciennes. They saw action..Read More

1795
August 12

Battle of Montego Bay, Jamaica

The 20th or Jamaica Light Dragoons were formed again in 1791 to put down an incipient rebellion in Jamaica. Yellow fever took its toll of..Read More

December 1

The 14th Light Dragoons to San Domingo (now The Dominican Republic)

The unrest in nearby Jamaica spread to San Domingo (now The Dominican Republic). The 14th, 18th and 21st Light Dragoons fought a successful campaign over..Read More

1798
January 1

Marriage of Princess Frederica of Prussia to The Duke of York

Marriage of Princess Frederica of Prussia to The Duke of York

On 29 September 1791 Prince Frederick, The Duke of York, second son of George III and Commander-in-Chief of the Army, married Princess Frederica of Prussia...Read More

1801
January 1

“Royal Sussex” adopted as the Quick March of the 14th Hussars

In 1801, while the 14th Light Dragoons were based at Canterbury the regimental band was due to play in Dover, but were found to be..Read More

1805
May 1

Left Wing 20th Light Dragoons to Cape Town, South Africa via Brazil

In May 1805 The Left Wing of the 20th Light Dragoons was ordered to Cape Town to assist in putting down Napoleon’s Dutch allies in..Read More

May 1

Right Wing 20th Light Dragoons to the Mediterranean

300 men of the Right Wing of the 20th Light Dragoons were sent for dismounted service in the Mediterranean from 1805 to 1807. A brave..Read More