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The 19th Hussars
(Queen Alexandra's Own Royal)
The cap badge of the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars.   Replacement cap badge of the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars.

The 19th were raised raised in 1858 as the "1st Bengal Light Cavalry", they became Light Dragoons in 1861 and were changed to Hussars in 1862. In 1885 they were known as the "The 19th (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars". A further two changes were made, In 1902 they became the "19th Alexandra Princess of Wales Hussars" and in 1908 they became the "19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars."

Battle Honours of
The 19th Hussars

23rd Light Dragoons (first three honours): Seringapatam, Assaye, Niagara, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt (1882-84) Abu Klea, Nile, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa (1899-1902)


* The 23rd Light Dragoons was raised in 1781 and renumbered the 19th in 1786. They were converted to Lancers in 1817 and were known from then on as the 19th Lancers - They were disbanded in 1821.

The sabretache of the The 19th Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal)
The sabretache (left) is discribed as follows: Faced with scarlet cloth and was edged on three sides with Regimental lace which had a central stripe of white. The design on the face was made up of the "VR" cypher in gold with a gold crown above, the crown having a crimsonvelvet cap and jewels worked in silver red and green thread. Below the cypher was a silver elephant with blue velvet scrolls both above and below, edged in gold bearing, above the honour 'Assaye' and below 'Niagara', a sprig of laurel in gold each side of the elephant.
  This is a cloth badge of the 19th Hussars I recently aquired. It was not part of any uniform but a collectors item.


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