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15th The King's Hussars George

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15th The King's Hussars George

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Item number : 1356

Reference : N80058

Type : Complete figures

Nationality : Great britain

Period : Empire

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The 15th The King's Hussars was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in
1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated into the 15th/19th
Hussars in 1922.

The regiment was raised as the first of the new regiments of light dragoons in 1759, and
named Elliots Light Horse, after George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield who had
raised the regiment, then soon after renamed the 15th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons.
In 1759 the 15th was the first unit in the British Army to be awarded a battle honour
"Emsdorf" for the battle of Emsdorf in the Seven Years War. Other more senior units
then applied to be awarded battle honours for previous campaigns and battles. In 1766
they were renamed for George III as the 1st (or The King's Royal) Regiment of Light
Dragoons, the number being an attempt to create a new numbering system for the light
dragoon regiments. However, the old system was quickly reestablished, with the
regiment returning as the 15th (The King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. They
became hussars in 1807, as the 15th (The King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
(Hussars).

These light dragoon regiments fought all over the world in the half-century that followed,
notably in India and North America. They distinguished themselves under the Duke of
Wellington in Spain and Portugal in the Napoleonic wars, and three of them were present
at the battle of Waterloo (1815).

The title was simplified in 1861 to the 15th (The King's) Hussars. After service in the
First World War, the regiment retitled as the 15th The King's Hussars in 1921, and was
amalgamated with the 19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own) to form the
15th/19th Hussars the following year.
 

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