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7th Hussars

Pvt F.J. White

7th Queen's Own Hussars

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 Movement of The Regiment:

1689

On the 18th December.  King William III orders formation of a regiment from various independent troops of Scottish Dragoons to keep order in the Highlands.

1690

On the 30th December.  Colonel Richard Cunningham appointed first Colonel. Regt known as Cunningham’s Dragoons.

1694-97

Regt served in the Netherlands against the French.

1698-1711

Regt served in Scotland.

1711-12

Regt served in Netherlands but saw no action and returned to England.

1714

Regt disbanded, the soldiers going to Royals and Scots Greys.

17l5

On the 3rd February.  Regt re-embodied.  Known as Kerr’s Dragoons (after Colonel).  1st August, Regt renamed H R H Princess of Wales’s Own Royal Regt of Dragoons.  Sep-Dec, Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland, Battle of Sheriffmuir.

1716-42

Regt stationed in England on internal security and revenue duties.

1727

On the accession of King George II Regt renamed The Queen’s Own Regiment of Dragoons.

1742-48

Regt served in Europe in War of Austrian Succession.  Fought at battles of Dettingen (1743), Fontenoy (1745), Rouceux (1746), Val (1747).

1749-60

Regt served in England on internal security duties.  Light Troop raided France in 1758-59.

1760-63

Regt took part in Seven Year War.  Fought at Battle of Warburg (1760), Vellinghausen (1761), Wilhelmstal (1762)

1764-92

Home Service.

1784

Regt re-equipped and renamed 7th or Queen's Own Light Dragoons.

1793-94

Regt fought the French in Netherlands, Battles of Beaumont and Wjllems (1794).

l795-99

Home service.

1799 

Regt on active service in Holland.

1800-08

Home service.

1801-42

Marquis of Anglesey Colonel of Regt.

1807

Regt clothed and called Hussars.

1808-09 

Regt in action in Spain. Retreat to Corunna.  During the return to England about 120 officers and soldiers were drowned off Cornwall.

1809-13

Home service in England and Ireland.  A detachment served in Spain.

1813- 14

Active service in Spain and France.  Battles of Orthes and Toulouse 1814.

1814-15

Home service in England.

1815

Waterloo campaign in Belgium.  Battles of Genappe (17th June) and Waterloo (18th June) Allied Cavalry commanded by Marquis of Anglesey.  196 all ranks out of 376 were killed or wounded in two days.

1815-18

Regt part of Army of Occupation in France.

1818-38

Home service.

1838-42

Internal Security duties in Canada.

1842- 57

Home service.

1857-70

Service in India including Indian Mutiny.  Two VCs awarded - to Cornet Bankes and Major Fraser.

1870-81

Home service.

1881

First Boer War.  Regt in Natal.

1882-86

Home service.  Detachment served in Sudan in 1884 on camels.

1886-95

Service in India including North West Frontier.

1895-96

Active service in Natal and Rhodesia.

1899-1905

Second Boer War (to 1902).  Active service in South Africa.

1906-10

Home service.

1911-17

Service in India.

1917-18

First World War.  Active service in Iraq.

1919-20

Home service.

1920-23

Service in India.

1923-35

Home service.

1935-40

Service in Egypt.

1936

Regt mechanised.

1940-45

Second World War.  Active service in Egypt, Libya, Burma, Iraq and Italy.

1946-48 

Regt in Trieste and BAOR.

1949

Regt in England.

1949-54

Service in BAOR at Luneburg and Fallingbostel.

1954-57

Service in Hong Kong.

1957-58

Service at Tidworth.


Recommended History:

The 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars, by C R Barrett    RUSI, 1914.

The Years Between, by Maj Gen Roger Evans,    Gale and Polden, 1965.

The Seventh and Three Enemies, by Brig G M 0 Davy,    Heffer, 1952.

One Leg  (The Life and Letters of Henry William Paget, 1st Marquis of Anglesey, KG, 1768 -1854).  Edited by the Marquis of Anglesey,    Jonathan Cape, 1961.

Pvt F.J. White

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