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The 15th The King’s Hussars - Silver Figure

Silver on ebonised wood base. Carrington & Co., Regent Street, London. Hallmarked

The present figure depicts an officer of the 15th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) and was conceived at the turn of the 20th century as one of three figures to represent significant events in the regimental history of the 15th (The King’s) Hussars. The three figures were modelled by the regimental silversmiths Carrington & Co of Regent Street, London, and were used to adorn the presentation peices that officers of the 15th Hussars gave to one of their number as a regimental wedding present.

This particular figure celebrates the regiment’s distinguished service in July 1760 at the Battle of Emsdorf where it broke five battalions of enemy infantry in rapid succession before capturing five guns and a howitzer. They also took 1,650 prisoners, including the French commander Marshal Glaubitz and the Prince of Anhalt. However they suffered 125 of the 186 allied casualties but were largely responsible for the British and Hanoverian victory. The 15th Dragoons later presented King George III with nine colours that they had captured at the battle. In return, he ordered them to wear the title ‘Emsdorf’ on their light dragoon helmets. This was the first ever battle honour awarded.

In 1766 the regiment was renamed for King George III becoming the 15th (The King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. By 1922 it had become The 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars and, after service in the Second World War, it was amalgamated with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars to form the Light Dragoons in 1992.

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