Biddulph, Colonel.


1st ed., 1899. Xx + 330 pp., frontis., + 2 other photogravures, 5 maps, 4 cold., plates + 1 photo. Original cloth; 22 x 14cm. Spine faded o/w V.G. This is an account of the four cavalry regiments in the British Army that have borne the number nineteen and of the campaigns in which they served. The Nineteenth Light Dragoons, Drogheda’s Horse, 1759-1763, was raised in Ireland during the Seven Years’ War and later became the 18th. The second regiment that bore that number was raised at the critical period of 1779 but was disbanded in 1783. The Twenty-Third Light Dragoons, was raised in 1781 for service in India and was the first British cavalry regiment to be sent there. On the disbandment of the second regiment in 1783, the 23rd was re-numbered the Nineteenth. It continued to be the only British cavalry regiment in India for 14 years being present at the troubles at Madras, 1783-1785, the War with Tippoo, 1790, Cornwallis’ Campaigns 1791-1792, the Fall of Mysore, 1793-1799, Dhoondia Wao, 1800-1802, India in 1803, Assaye and Argaum, 1803-4, the Vellore Mutiny, 1805-7, the war with the United States, 1808-1813, and the Niagra Frontier, 1814-1821. Finally, the fourth regiment, the Nineteenth Princess of Wales’ Own Hussars, was originally raised by the East India Company on the outbreak of the Mutiny of the Bengal Army, and received its number on the transfer of its services to the Crown. It was particularly instrumental during the troubles in Egypt, 1882-1884, and during the Campaign on the Nile, 1884-1899. These regimental histories contain interesting appendices including yearly lists of Officers of the Nineteenth, and casualties and special honours during particular campaigns. This book contains a number of attractive illustrations including 4 coloured plates, 3 photogravures and 5 maps.

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