5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers

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Also known as 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers


  • 1689 raised in Enniskillen as James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1751 formally titled the 5th Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1788 renamed the 5th Royal Irish Dragoons
  • 1799 suspected of treachery and disbanded
  • 1858 reformed as the 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons
  • 1861 renamed the 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers
  • 1922 amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers
  • 1954 became the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
  • 1993 amalgamated with the 17th/21st Lancers to form The Queen's Royal Lancers

Service in British India

  • 1864 India
  • 1888 Meerut
  • 1894 Muttra
  • 1919 Risalpur
  • 1921 Risalpur

On 1 August 1874, as the regiment was returning to England, 1 sergeant and 6 men transferred to the 13th Hussars [1]

Regimental histories

  • The History of the 5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons from 1689 to 1799, afterwards the 5th Royal Irish Lancers from 1858 to 1921 by Colonel J. R. Harvey ... Completed to 1921 by Lieut.-Colonel H. A. Cape. 1923. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01001095845
  • The Harp and Crown, the History of the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, 1902 - 1922 by Ciaran Byrne. Published and Printed by Lulu Books 2007. ISBN 9781847533395 . Sample pages, Google Books

External links

Historical books online