3rd (The King's Own) Hussars

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Also known as 3rd (King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons and the 3rd Light Dragoons.


  • 1685 raised as the Duke of Somerset's Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1694 renamed The Queen Consort's Own Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1714 renamed The King's Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1751 renamed the 3rd (King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1818 renamed 3rd (The King's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
  • 1861 renamed the 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars
  • 1921 renamed the 3rd The King's Own Hussars
  • 1958 amalgamated with 7th Queen's Own Hussars to form The Queen's Own Hussars

Service in British India

Due to the return of the 3rd Hussars to England, on 1 October 1879 1 sergeant and 9 privates transferred to the 13th Hussars [1]

British Library holdings

  • Sergeant Pearman's Memoirs: Being, Chiefly, His Account of Service with the Third (King's Own) Light Dragoons in India, from 1845 to 1853, Including the First and Second Sikh Wars by John Pearman. Edited by the Marquess of Anglesey, 1968.
A different, fuller edition of the memoirs appeared in The Radical Soldier's Tale: John Pearman, 1819-1908 by Carolyn Steedman 1988.

External links

Historical books online

Historical Record of the Third (King's Own) Hussars. Containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and Its Subsequent Services to 1903 1903 Archive.org
The 3rd (King's Own) Hussars in the Great War (1914 - 1919) by Lieut.-Colonel Walter Temple Willcox 1925 Archive.org