Original Pre-WWI 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards Officer Scarlet Frock Coat
Original Item: Only One Available. The 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in 1688 as Lord Cavendish's Regiment of Horse. It was renamed as the 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards for Princess Charlotte in 1788. It saw service for two centuries, including the First World War, before being amalgamated with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, to form the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards in 1922.
Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, the regiment was again sent abroad for service in South Africa. A total of 24 officers and 500 men left Southampton in the SS Armenian on 8 February 1900. The regiment fought at the Battle of Diamond Hill in June 1900.
The regiment, which had been serving in Secunderabad at the start of the First World War, landed in Marseille as part of the 9th (Secunderabad) Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division in October 1914 for service on the Western Front. A squadron from the regiment rode ten miles to capture the town of Lessines on 11 November 1918 shortly before the armistice. It was re-titled as the 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) in 1921, and was amalgamated with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, to form the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards in 1922.
This fine wool scarlet frock coat was issued to an officer in the 7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards. It features 9 gilt 7th (P.R.) DG buttons to the front, a stand up color and internal lining. Overall condition is very good. The buttons are back marked and have a Kings Crown dating this post to post 1902 and the Reign of Queen Victoria.
Collar to Shoulder: 10:
Shoulder to Sleeve: 25.5"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17.5"
Chest width: 18"
Waist width: 21"
Hip width: 22"
Front length: 40.5"
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