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ONSV9347

Original British WWI 1st King's Dragoon Guards Scarlet Officer's Dress Tunic

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Original Item: Only One Available. Dating from the World War One era this fine jacket is in very good condition and features original 1st King's Dragoon Guards gilt buttons and wonderfully detailed cuff braiding and office epaulets.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 9"
Shoulder to Sleeve: 23"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Chest width: 16.5"
Waist width: 16"
Hip width: 19.5"
Front length: 30.5"

The 1st King's Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army. The regiment was raised by Sir John Lanier in 1685 as the 2nd Queen's Regiment of Horse, named in honour of Queen Mary, consort of King James II. It was renamed the 2nd King's Own Regiment of Horse in 1714 in honour of George I. The regiment attained the title 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1751. The regiment served as horse cavalry until 1937 when it was mechanised with light tanks. The regiment became part of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. After service in the First World War and the Second World War, the regiment amalgamated with the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) in 1959 to form the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

The regiment, which had been was stationed at Lucknow in India at the start of the war, landed at Marseille as part of the 8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division in November 1914 for service on the Western Front.[4] The regiment saw action at the Battle of Festubert in May 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres also in May 1915 and the Battle of Morval in September 1916[5] but returned to India in October 1917.
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