5th (Royal Irish) Lancers Cap Badge CB-1009

£75.00

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The regiment was originally formed in 1689 by Brigadier James Wynne as James Wynne’s Regiment of Dragoons. Renamed the Royal Dragoons of Ireland in 1704 and it was retitled 5th Regiment of Dragoons in 1751. Then in 1756 they became the 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons. The regiment was reformed in 1858, keeping its old number and title, but losing precedence, being ranked after the 17th Lancers, and It were converted into a lancer regiment and titled 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers), until 1861, when they were renamed the 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers and then the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers.

The last British soldier to die in the Great War was Yorkshireman Private George Edwin Ellison of the 5th (Royal Irish) lancers, who was killed by a sniper as they patrolled their way into Mons at 09.30 hrs just 1 and a half hours before the armistice came into effect. The regiment disbanded in 1921

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