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King's Royal Irish
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1693.02.01 Henry Conyngham's Regiment of Dragoons
raised in Ireland; ranked as 8th Dragoons; also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1714.04.16 disbanded
1715.07.22 John Pepper's Regiment of Dragoons
re-formed in Ireland without loss of precedence
1716.02? disbanded (8th Dragoons rank remained vacant)
1719.03.17 Phineas Bowles's Regiment of Dragoons
re-formed in Ireland without loss of precedence
1751.07.01 8th Regiment of Dragoons
1775.12.25 8th Regiment of Light Dragoons
1777 8th (The King's Royal Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
(named for King George III)
1822.09.21 8th (The King's Royal Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
1861.08.17 8th (The King's Royal Irish) Hussars
1921.01.01 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
1939.04 transferred to Royal Armoured Corps
1958.10.24 amalgamated with 4th Queen's Own Hussars, to form The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
pip Deployment and Service
pip History of the Regiment (QRH Regimental site)
pip 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, by Paul Baker (History of the Hussars)
pip 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, by Military Museum of Sussex.
pip 8th Hussars in the Crimea, by Jim Boys and Roy Mills (Lives of the Light Brigade)
pip 8th Hussars at Balaklava, by Military Museum of Sussex.
pip The Hussars, 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
Leswaree, Hindoostan1, Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Central India, Afghanistan 1879-80, South Africa 1900-02

The Great WarGivenchy 1914, Somme 1916 '18, Bazentin, Flers-Courcelette, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosiļæ½res, Amiens, Albert 1918, Hindenbrug Line, St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18

The Second World WarVillers Bocage, Mont Pincon, Dives Crossing, Nederrijn, Best, Lower Maas, Roer, Rhine, North-West Europe 1944-45, Egyptian Frontier 1940, Sidi Barrani, Buq Buq, Sidi Rezegh 1941, Relief of Tobruk, Gazala, Bir el Igela, Mersa Matruh, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, North Africa 1940-42

Seoul, Hill 327, Imjin, Kowang-San, Korea 1950-51

1.  awarded 1825 for services in 1802 to 1822, including 2nd Mahratta war, and 3rd Mahratta war.

flag construction sign
Badges: construction sign
Uniform: construction sign
1953.06.02 F.M. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO
1693.02.01 Maj-Gen. Henry Conyngham
1706.01.26 Maj-Gen. Robert Killigrew
1707.04.15 Maj-Gen. John Pepper [to 1714]
1715.03.17 Maj-Gen. John Pepper [reappointed; to 1716]
1719.03.23 Maj-Gen. Phineas Bowles (senior)
1722.11.19 Brig-Gen. Richard Munden
1725.09.23 F.M. Sir Robert Rich, 4th Bt.
1731.01.01 Maj-Gen. Charles (Cathcart), 8th Baron Cathcart
1733.08.07 Brig-Gen. Sir Adolphus Oughton, Bt.
1737.06.27 Lt-Gen. Clement Neville
1740.05.06 Lt-Gen. Richard St. George
1755.01.22 Gen. John (Waldegrave), 3rd Earl Waldegrave
1758.10.23 Gen. Sir Joseph (Yorke), 1st Baron Dover, KB
1760.11.27 Gen. John Severne
1787.07.13 Gen. Charles (Grey), 1st Earl Grey, KB [also 7th Dgn Gds, 3rd Dgns, 20th Lt Dgns, 28th Foot, 98th Foot]
1789.03.17 Gen. Francis Lascelles
1797.03.23 Gen. Charles (Grey), 1st Earl Grey, KB [reappointed]
1799.09.04 Gen. Sir Robert Laurie, Bt. [also 28th Lt Dgns]
1804.09.13 Gen. Sir John Floyd, Bt. [also 23rd Lt Dgns]
1818.01.15 Gen. Sir Banastre Tarleton, Bt., GCB [also 21st Lt Dgns; Lt-Col. Cmdt. British Legion]
1833.02.01 Gen. Sir William Kerr Grant, KCB, GCH
1839.08.24 Lt-Gen. Sir Joseph Straton, CB, KCH
1840.04.30 Lt-Gen. Philip Philpot
1843.04.04 Gen. Sir John Brown, KCH
1855.11.17 F.M. George Charles (Bingham), 3rd Earl of Lucan, GCB
1865.02.22 Gen. John Lawrenson
1868.12.10 Gen. John Charles Hope Gibsone
1875.09.22 Lt-Gen. Rudolph de Salis, CB
1880.0314 Gen. William Charles Forrest, CB
1886.02.08 Lt-Gen. Sir James Robert Steadman Sayer, KCB
1886.06.25 Lt-Gen. Sir William Craufurd Fraser, Bt., VC, KCB
1895.06.08 Maj-Gen. William Mussenden
1910.03.07 Gen. Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon, KCB, KCVO, DSO
1930.09.24 Brig. John van der Byl, DSO
1948.01.01 Col. (Air Marshal) Sir John Eustace Arthur Baldwin, KBE, CB, DSO [continued 1958 in QRIH]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Queen's Royal Hussars Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
vc Victoria Crosses, by Military Museum of Sussex.
pip Lieutenant General Sir Charles Craufurd Fraser, VC, KCB, by Fred Larimore.
Motto: Pristinae virtutis memores
Anniversaries: Salamanca (22 July)
Marches: quick: St. Patrick's Day + A Galloping 8th Hussar
slow (ca. 1880): March of the Scottish Archers
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag 6th Duke of Connaught's Royal Canadian Hussars 1936?-1958
Australia flag 8th Light Horse Regiment (Indian Light Horse)
Australia flag 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Australia flag 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 1953-1958
Associated Yeomanry:  
UK flag The Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1947-1956
UK flag The Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's) 1947-1956
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monument Queen's Royal Irish Hussars Collection, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Royal Sussex Regiment Museum gallery, Military Museum of Sussex, Eastbourne.
monument Sussex Combined Services Museum, Eastbourne (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
book The cross-belts.
Full Histories:
book Fitzroy, O. Men of valour, 1927-1958. Tinling, 1961.
Short Histories: