Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Trooper, British 15th Light Dragoons or Eliott's Light Horse [Updated with colour plate]

Raised 1759 as Eliott's Light Horse (or Dragoons), the regiment went to Germany in 1760 and almost immediately made a name for itself at Emsdorf, where it was claimed to have captured 16 colours, six cannon and 2600 Frenchmen. However, the battle was very costly to the regiment and it had to be withdrawn to reform and recoup its losses in Hannover. The resultant fame and publicity led to the raising of several more regiments of light dragoons and, unlike the light troops attached to the heavy dragoon units, most of them were not disbanded in 1763.

Uniform: Black enamelled cap, white metal crest and mountings (copper or brass metal sometimes depicted as an alternative), white GR cipher and crown on front, the crown showing red enamel through the gaps, turban dark green, horsehair mane red (although possibly originally designated as white over red), two white tassels at back of helmet. Black stock. Red coat with dark green collar, lapels and cuffs, lined white i.e. white turnbacks. White lace loops and white metal buttons on collar, lapels and sleeves. White tufted epaulette on each shoulder. Waistcoat and breeches white. Boots (of a lighter type than used by the heavy cavalry) black. Dark green saddlecloth with a tan leather seat joining the front and rear parts. Edging lace white with red central stripe. Full colour crown with white GR cipher at front. Rear corner red circle surrounded by wreath of natural coloured roses and thistles with LD in white. White fur cover on holsters.

4 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Welcome back, David. It has been quite a while since you've posted. I hope that all is well.


-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

Capt Bill said...

Sir David, Nice to see a new post and a great one at that...Bill

David said...

Thanks, Jeff. Yes, had rather a lot to do with hospitals lately; just had a prostate op. which I'm almost recovered from now. A few things to sort still but hopefully all over by the summer.

Hope all's well with you; have you recovered now?

All the best,

David.

David said...

Thanks, Bill. I hope to do more soon - I have a fair amount half (or less!) done and must complete them.

Hope all's well with you.

All the best,

David.