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14th (King's) Hussars

The 14th (King's) Hussars was raised as Dormer's in 1715 to combat the first Jacobite rebellion. The also fought in the second rebellion after which they were used to police areas of Ireland. In 1791 the Regiment provided an escort to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal of Prussia. As a mark of gratitude, the Regiment was authorised to adopt the Prussian Eagle as the badge to be worn on the right-hand-side of their Tarleton helmet. Prior to these duties the Guidon of the 14th was Crimson, they were changed to Orange. The Prussian eagle insignia soon disappeared from the Regiments headdress but returned in 1922 when the 14th amalgamated with the 20th Hussars to form the 14th/20th Hussars.

A portion of the Regiment served in Flanders (1794 - 1795). In 1796 it was sent to serve in the West Indies and served in San Domingo in the operations at Mirebalois and elsewhere. It then went to Portugal in 1808 acting for the majority of the time with the Light Division, and went through the whole of the Peninsula Campaign from first to last. It was in the advance of Coimbra, at the passage of the Douro,and the capture of Oporto; at Talavera, Busaco, Fuentes d'Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajos as well as many other campaigns.

The Peninsula War saw the 14th Hussars in Portugal and Spain and were highly thought of by the Duke of Wellington who normally had very little time for the British Cavalry Regiments. In 1813 a group of farriers from the 14th Hussars captured the Emperors brothers (Joseph, King of Spain) Chamber pot after Vittoria, the Chamber pot is still retained by the Regiment (The King's Royal Hussars) today!

The Regiment later took part in the second Sikh War2 (1846-1849) and was present at the Battles of Chillianwallah and Goojerat. It served in the Persian expedition (1856 - 1857) and took part in the Indian Mutiny. It served with great distinction under Sir Hugh Rose in Central India. The Regiment also participated in the South African War leading up to the relief of Ladysmith, and fought with distinction throughout the whole of the campaign.

The end of the Regiment came in 1922 when the 14th King's Hussars amalgamated with the 20th Hussars in 1922.


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