Regiments and Corps

15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars

A Challenger tank of 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars carrying soldiers of the Cheshire Regiment, April 1945

Origins

This regiment was formed as the 15th/19th Hussars in April 1922 by merging the 15th The King's Hussars with the 19th Royal Hussars. This came as part of a general reduction in British cavalry in the aftermath of the First World War (1914-18). 

The new unit served in Egypt, India and England during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1932 and 1933, it inherited the two royal prefixes from the titles of its predecessors. It later joined the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939.

Cap badge, 15th/19th Hussars, c1922 

A 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars Challenger tank, March 1945

World War

During the Second World War (1939-45), the regiment served with the British Expeditionary Force, but lost all its armour during the Battle of France (1940) and its evacuation from Dunkirk. In December 1940, a cadre was detached from the regiment to form a new unit, the 23rd Hussars.

The 15th/19th then served in the United Kingdom with 9th Armoured Division until becoming a reconnaissance unit in Normandy in August 1944. Attached to 11th Armoured Division, it subsequently fought its way into Germany, where it served as part of the Allied occupation force.

Trooper Croft in the turret of his Challenger, April 1945

15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars Daimler armoured car, Malaya, 1957

Post-war

The regiment was involved in Britain’s post-war withdrawal from empire, serving in Palestine (1945-48) and Malaya (1954-56). It was then posted to Oman, Muscat and Aden in the late 1950s.

For most of the post-war era, the regiment was stationed in West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). It also deployed to Northern Ireland during the 'Troubles' in the 1970s, and to Cyprus with the United Nations in the 1980s.

In 1984-85, it served as the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment at Bovington.

Legacy

In 1992, it was amalgamated with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) to form The Light Dragoons.

A Soldiers Life at The Newcastle Discovery Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars by visiting the displays of the Light Dragoons and its predecessors at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

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