Light Dragoons

The Light Dragoons

Cap badge of the Light Dragoons
Active 1 December 1992–
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Line cavalry
Role Light Cavalry
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ RHQ – Newcastle upon Tyne
Regiment – Catterick Garrison
Nickname(s) "England's Northern Cavalry"
Motto(s) Viret in aeternum (It Flourishes Forever)
Merebimur (We shall be Worthy)
March Quick – Balaklava
Slow – Denmark
Colonel-in-Chief HM The King of Jordan
Colonel of
the Regiment
Maj Gen David Rutherford-Jones
Tactical Recognition Flash
Arm Badge NCOs – Royal Crest
From 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars
ORs – South Africa flash
From 13th/18th Royal Hussars
Abbreviation LD

The Light Dragoons (LD) is a cavalry regiment in the British Army. The regiment is a light cavalry regiment with a history in the reconnaissance role which dates back to the early eighteenth century. It is currently based in Catterick Garrison North Yorkshire.


The 13th Light Dragoons at the Battle of Waterloo
The Light Dragoons receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Barnsley

The regiment was formed in 1992 at Haig Barracks in Hohne from the amalgamation of two regiments, the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) and the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars. All of the antecedent regiments had been regiments of "light dragoons" during the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Napoleonic Wars.[1]

B Squadron (The Guards) was the first squadron of the newly formed regiment to do a tour of duty, being sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 1993 on peacekeeping duties. They were followed by C Squadron (The Legion) in November 1993 and later by the other two squadrons in 1994 with the Scimitar their vehicle of choice.[2] The Light Dragoons also sent units to Iraq on Operation Telic 2 in July 2003 and Operation Telic 6 in May 2005.[3]

Elements of the regiment were deployed on a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 5 with 3 Commando Brigade in October 2006 and then with 12 Mechanised Brigade on Operation Herrick 6 in April 2007.[4] The regiment next deployed on Operation Herrick 10 in April 2009 and took part in Operation Panther's Claw in summer 2009.[3] The regiment's last deployment to Afghanistan was on Operation Herrick 16 in April 2012.[4] It subordinated to 4th Infantry Brigade and moved to a new home at Gaza Barracks in Catterick Garrison in 2015.[4]


The regiment's role includes scouting for information about the enemy, engaging enemy targets and guiding fast jets. The regiment recently converted to the Jackal armoured fighting vehicles under Army 2020.[5][6] The Light Dragoons recruit principally in the North East of England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham) and in South Yorkshire and have strong connections with these areas. For this reason, the regiment is known as England’s Northern Cavalry although as it is now England's only Light Cavalry regiment it is also termed "England's Light Cavalry"[7]


Colonels-in-Chief have included:


1881 Childers Reforms 1922 Amalgamations 1990 Options for Change - today
13th Hussars 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) Light Dragoons
18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars
15th (The King's) Hussars 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars


Affiliated yeomanry

Order of precedence

Preceded by
King's Royal Hussars
Cavalry order of precedence Succeeded by
Royal Tank Regiment


  1. "Hussars" (PDF). Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. "British units deployed to Bosnia". Britain's small wars. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Light Dragoons". British Empire. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 "Light Dragoons". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. "Light Dragoons". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  6. "Army 2020 report" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. "Hundreds gather in Barnsley to welcome the Light Dragoons". 14 November 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  8. "History". Light Dragoons Regimental Association. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  9. "HRH The Princess Margaret". British Empire. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57032. p. 10318. 19 August 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  11. "New Royal Colonels appointed". British Monarchy. Retrieved 3 May 2014.


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