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(The Princess Royal's)
Dragoon Guards
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by A. Melville-Brown
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1688.12.31 Lord Cavendish's Regiment of Horse
formed by regimentation of troops raised earlier in 1688; known until 1751 by the names of six other colonels
1690 ranked as 9th Horse;  also known 1691-93 as Duke of Leinster's Regiment of Horse
1694 ranked as 8th Horse
1746.12.25 ranked as 4th Horse on Irish Establishment;
also known as
Black Horse
1751.07.01 4th Regiment of Horse
1788.04.01 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards
transferred from Irish to British Establishment and named for Charlotte The Princess Royal
1921.01.01 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's)
1922.10.22 amalgamated with 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, to form 4th/7th Dragoon Guards
pip Deployment and Service
pip The Dragoon Guards, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
pip British Cavalry Regiments, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
RHQ and Depot:
  Home HQ: [none]
  Recruiting Area: nationwide
Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Dettingen, Warburg, South Africa 1846-7, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War1 La Bass´┐Że 1914, Givenchy 1914, Somme 1916 '18, Bazentin, Flers-Courcelette, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Lys, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18

1. awarded Sep. 1922 and amended Feb. 1925.

flag The oldest cavalry standard of the British Army still extant, defended by Cornet Richardson at Dettingen in 1743, is preserved in the National Army Museum.
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  1914.06.22 HRH Princess Louise, The Princess Royal, CI
1688.12.31 Col. William (Cavendish), 1st Duke of Devonshire, KG
1690.04.10 Gen. Meinhardt (Schomberg), 3rd Duke of Schomberg, KG (Duke of Leinster)
1711.01.27 Col. Charles (Schomberg), Marquess of Harwich
1713.10.12 Maj-Gen. Charles Sybourg
1720.07.18 F.M. Sir John Louis (Ligionier), 1st Earl Ligonier, KB
1749.07.24 Gen. Sir John Mordaunt, KB
1749.11.01 Maj-Gen. Henry de Grangues [also 9th Dgns, 30th Foot, 60th Foot]
1754.07.08 F.M. Hon. Henry Seymour Conway
1759.04.05 Gen. Philip Honyood
1782.06.07 F.M. Studholme Hodgson
1789.03.17 Gen. Charles (Grey), 1st Earl Grey, KB [also 3rd Dgns, 8th Dgns, 20th Lt Dgns, 28th Foot, 98th Foot]
1795.11.05 Lt-Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby, KB [also 2nd Dgns, 6th Foot, 69th Foot, 103rd Foot]
1796.11.02 Gen. Sir William Medows, KB [also 73rd Foot, 89th Foot; Gov. Bombay 1787-90; C-in-C Madras 1790-95]
1813.11.20 Gen. Richard Rich Wilford [also 25th Lt Dgns]
1822.12.24 Lt-Gen. Sir Robert Bolton, GCH
1836.03.18 Gen. Sir Evan Lloyd, KCH
1846.03.10 Gen. Sir George Scovell, GCB
1847.12.18 Gen. Hon. Sir Henry Murray, KCB
1853.03.18 Lt-Gen. Arthur Moyses William (Hill), 2nd Baron Sandys
1858.08.26 Lt-Gen. Sir Michael White, KCB
1868.01.28 Gen. Lord George Ausgustus Frederick Paget, KCB
1874.01.07 Gen. Robert Wardlaw, CB
1885.12.02 Lt-Gen. Charles Sawyer
1891.09.23 Lt-Gen. Edward Burgoyne Cuerton
1892.04.30 Lt-Gen. Andrew Nugent
1900.02.10 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Peter Ewart, Bt., GCVO, KCB [continued 1922 in 4th/7th DG]
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Motto: Quo fata vocant
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Marches: quick: [none] (the regiment considered it undignified for cavalry to be dismounted on cermonial occasions)
7th Dragoon Guards (aka: The Black Horse)
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Miscellaneous Tradition Links:


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monument The Royal Dragoon Guards Museum, York (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Military Museum of The Royal Dragoon Guards and The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, York (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
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Full Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Seventh, or, Princess Royal's Regiment of Dragoon Guards containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1688 and of its subsequent services to 1839. London : Longman, Orme ; Clowes, 1839 (Historical records of the British Army)
book Thompson, C.W.; Campbell, N.D.H.; Whetherly, W.S.; Holland, J.E.D. Seventh (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards : the history of the regiment (1688-1882); and, With the regiment in South Africa (1900-1902). Liverpool : The Daily Post, 1913.
book Adams, W. J.; Gordon-Brown, Alfred (ed.). The narrative of Private Buck Adams, 7th (Princess royal's) dragoon guards, on the eastern frontier of the cape of Good Hope, 1843-1848. Cape Town : The Van Riebeeck Society, 1941. (Van Riebeeck Society. Publications ; 22)
book Scott, Francis James. Records of the Seventh Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) during the Great War. Sherborne : F. Bennett, 1923.
book Brereton, J.M. (John Maurice). A History of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and their predecessors, 1685-1980. Catterick : 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, 1982. ISBN: 095083310X
Short Histories:
book Avigdor-Goldsmid, J. A. (James Arthur) d'. Short history of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, 1685-1922 : 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards, 1688-1922; 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, 1922-1939. Aldershot : Gale and Polden, 1943.
book Avigdor-Goldsmid, J. A. (James Arthur) d'. Short history of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, 1685-1922 : 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards, 1688-1922; 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, 1922-1939. Aldershot : Gale and Polden, 1949.