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The 10th Royal Hussars (PWO)

Raised in July 1715 during the period of the first Jacobite rebellion as the internal peace was threatened, the security of the nation was in jeopardy Gore's Dragoons was born by Brigadier Humphrey Gore by order of George 1. The Regiment was employed to suppress the local tumults and maintain the law and order, they were scattered throughout the land. The regiment saw action in the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1715 and the seven year war in germany earning it's first battle honour at Warburg.

The Regimental spirit was held in high esteem throughout its history, when the Regiment was born and barracks were available families were allowed to stay in the poor run down accommodation. The wife's of the soldiers earned their keep by cleaning, cooking and tending to the sick. The children which survived this hard lifestyle were put to work also, later in life they would remain in this well organised community as soldiers or as wife's.

For Officers' life was a bit more comfortable, they would be provided for in later life, a small pension was given for example, this would ensure that they remained loyal to the Regiment and the Government. However if they saw fit they could buy their way out of their current unit and into another. They bought their promotion, or they could wait in line and fill the shoes of those that left or died.

Field Marshall Viscount Cobham took the colonelcy of the Regiment after Brigadier Gore died in 1745. Cobhams Dragoons were now afoot and they marched against the army of young pretenders in 1745. After the conflict they resumed there law and order role and returned to the south of England.

Postcard of a 10th Hussars in full charge.

In 1783 the Regiment became the '10th Light Dragoons' or "The Prince of Wales Own Light Dragoons" by command of King George III the King's Son the Prince of wales was appointed Colonel who then fully equipped and clothed his Regiment as Hussars making the 10th the first Hussar Regiment in the British army.

1808 saw the Regiment land at Corunna where they distinguished themselves in the Peninsular War. Captain Grey's patrol of the 10th Hussars saw the Prussians retreating at Wavre , on reporting back The Duke of Wellington order the battle at Waterloo. The regiment was to continue to serve in Afghanistan, the Sudan, Crimea and the second Boer War.

The 10th Hussars has taken part in most of the campaigns of the British Army from the Seven Years War in 1758, France and Belgium in the 1914-1918 War. Mechanisation took place in 1936, but the Regiment continued to perform its role of Divisional Cavalry.

The second World War saw the Regiment fight North Africa, The Battle of Alamein and in Italy.

On the 25th of October 1969 after serving in England, Jordan and Arabia the 10th Royal Hussars (P.W.O) amalgamated with the 11th Hussars (P.A.O) to form The Royal Hussars (P.W.O.).

A soldier of the 10th Hussars

 

( Right) A rare card showing the history (in brief) of the 10th Royal Hussars.

 

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