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Royal Irish Lancers
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1689.06.20 James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons
ranked as 6th Dragoons; also known until 1751 by names of other colonels
1690 ranked as 5th Dragoons
1704 Royal Dragoons of Ireland
1751.07.01 5th Regiment of Dragoons
1756 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons
1799.04.08 disbanded at Chatham

1858.02.23 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons
re-formed, resuming old number, but losing precedence and ranking after 17th Lancers
5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers)
1861.08.17 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers
5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
1921.01.01 5th Royal Irish Lancers
1921.07 disbanded
1922.04.11 squadron reconstituted and concurrently amalgamated with 16th The Queen's Lancers, to form 16th/5th Lancers
pip Deployment and Service
pip The 5th Royal Irish Lancers, by Ciaran Byrne.
pip 5th Royal Irish Lancers History (Museum/Association site)
pip The Lancers, 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, Suakin 1885, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War1 Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Gheluvelt, St. Julien, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18

1. awarded Sep. 1922 (after amalgamation) and amended Feb. 1925.

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1689.06.20 Brig-Gen. James Wynne
1695.07.16 Gen. Hon. Charles Ross
1715.10.08 Col. Hon. Thomas Sydney
1729.02.01 Gen. Hon. Charles Ross [reappointed]
1732.08.06 Lt-Gen. Owen Wynne
1737.06.27 F.M. Richard (Molesworth), 3rd Viscount Molesworth
1758.10.18 Gen. John Mostyn
1760.11.27 Gen. Hon. Sir Joseph (Yorke), 1st Baron Dover, KB
1787.04.04 Gen. The Rt. Hon. Robert (Cuninghame), 1st Baron Rossmore, PC [to 1799; also 14th Foot, 58th Foot, 124th Foot; CinC Ireland]

1858.02.23 Gen. Sir James Charles Chatterton, Bt., GCB, KH
1868.11.22 Gen. Edward Pole
1872.01.01 Gen. Henry Darby Griffith, CB
1887.11.18 Lt-Gen. Sir Somerset John (Gough-Calthorpe), Bt., 7th Baron Calthorpe, KCB
1892.01.24 Lt-Gen. Hon. Charles Wemyss Thesiger
1896.10.04 Lt-Gen. William Godfrey Dunham Massy, CB
1906.09.21 Maj-Gen. Thomas Arhur Cooke, CVO
1908.04.07 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Jenner Scobell, KCVO, CB
1912.02.03 F.M. Sir Edmund Henry Hynman (Allenby), 1st Viscount Allenby, GCB, GCMG, GCVO [continued 1922 in 16th/5th Lancers; also 1st Life Gds; Hon. Col. 5th Bn Welch Regt; Cmdr 5th Corps 1915, 3d Army 1915-17; C-in-C EEF 1917-19; High Commissioner Egypt & Sudan 1919-25]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
vc Victoria Cross winners of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, by Ciaran Byrne
Motto: Quis separabit?
Nicknames: The Redbreasts [from the colour of the plastron]; Daily Advertisers
Marches: quick: [none]
Let Erin Remember + The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
other (ca. 1902): The Wearing of the Green
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:


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monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Belvoir Castle, Grantham (Museum site)
monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Belvoir Castle, Grantham (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Grantham (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
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Full Histories:
book Willcox, Walter Temple. The historical records of the Fifth (Royal Irish) Lancers from their foundation as Wynne's Dragoons, in 1689, to the present day. London : A. Doubleday, 1908.
book Harvey, John Robert ; Cape, Herbert Anderson. The history of the 5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons : from 1689 to 1799 ; afterwards the 5th Royal Irish Lancers from 1858 to 1921. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1923.
book Lunt, James D. The Scarlet Lancers : the story of 16th/5th the Queen's Royal Lancers, 1689-1992. London : L. Cooper, 1993. ISBN: 0850523214
Short Histories:
book Parkyn, H. G. A short history of the 16th/5th Lancers. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1934.
book A short history of the 16th the Queen's Lancers and the 5th Royal Irish Lancers. [s.l. : s.n., 1966-1969?]
book Lunt, James D. 16th/5th the Queen's Royal Lancers. London : L. Cooper, 1973. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0850521351
Special Topics:
book Standing orders of the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. Aldershot, Gale & Polden, 1904.
book Oilette. 5th Royal Irish Lancers. [England] : Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1914-1918? [6 photoprints]