Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Cavalry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 3rd Dragoons

By Steve Brown

Secondary Titles:

King’s Own

Regimental History

1685:

2 August – raised from independent companies in Berkshire, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Essex as ‘Duke of Somerset’s Regiment of Dragoons’

 
Colonels

1772:

20 October

Charles, Lord Southampton

1797:

23 March

Francis Lascelles

1799:

4 September

Charles, Early Grey, K.B.

1807:

18 November

William Cartwright (until 1821)

Stations and Combats

1793:

Scotland – Dumfries; Manchester; Birmingham; 4 troops to Scotland

1794:

Provided 100 men from 26th Light Dragoons; Netley; 2 squadrons to Flanders, then recalled; Blackwall; Waterford

1795:

2 squadrons return from Scotland; regiment reunited at Birmingham

1796:

Salisbury; Weymouth; Exeter

1797:

Weymouth; Northampton; reduced from 9 to 8 troops

1798:

May – Nottingham

1799:

Nottingham; June – Swinley; Reading

1800:

February – Trowbridge; Chester; increased from 8 to 10 troops; September – Carlisle; December – Scotland; Hamilton

1801:

Hamilton

1802:

Reduced from 10 to 8 troops; August – Portpatrick; to Ireland; Dundalk

1803:

Belturbet

1804:

March – Dublin

1805:

April – England; Liverpool; Nottingham; increased from 8 to 10 troops

1806:

Nottingham

1807:

Nottingham; May – Chichester; Brighton; Chichester; Canterbury

1808:

Canterbury

1809:

January – Portsmouth; to Spain, orders rescinded; July – Ramsgate; to Walcheren; Flushing; September – to England; Canterbury

1810:

April – Burdett riots in London; Guildford

1811:

June – Wimbledon; Guildford; July – Portsmouth; to Portugal; August – Lisbon; Beira

1812:

Ciudad Rodrigo; Azuaga; La Granja; Llerena; Alamarez; Castrillos; SALAMANCA; Madrid

1813:

Estepar; VITTORIA

1814:

Tarbes; La Mosquiere; TOULOUSE; July – Boulogne; to England – Dover; Hounslow; Northampton; York; Newcastle Upon Tyne; reduced from 10 troops to 8

1815:

St Albans; increased from 8 troops to 10; 6 troops to Belgium – Dover; Ostend; Paris; Army of Occupation; 4 troops at Coventry

1818:

October – 6 troops to England.

Careers of Senior Officers (shown as highest rank attained in regiment in the period)

Lt Col John Callow

Major in 3rd Dragoons 14 March 1787; Lieutenant-Colonel 24 August 1792; brevet Colonel 3 May 1796; Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec July 1799; retired August 1799.

Lt Col William Waller

Born c1749; Major in 3rd Dragoons 11 June 1777; Lieutenant-Colonel 1 March 1794; brevet Colonel 1 January 1798; commanded 3rd Dragoons 1799 to 1805; subsequently Major-General 1 January 1805; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1811; died July 1819.

Lt Col Christopher Watson

Major in 3rd Dragoons 1 March 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel 15 August 1799; retired July 1800.

Lt Col Charles Pye (-Douglas)

Born Berkshire c1767; Major in 3rd Dragoons 1 March 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1798; commanded 3rd Dragoons 1805 to 1811; brevet Colonel 25 April 1808; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1811; Lieutenant-General 19 July 1821; General 28 June 1838; assumed Douglas name later in life; died Scotland May 1844.

Lt Col William Wade

Major in 3rd Dragoons 3 August 1799; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1800; Lieutenant-Colonel 30 July 1800; retired June 1803.

Major John Arden

Born Staffordshire 1776; Major in 3rd Dragoons 30 July 1800; died 2 August 1809.

Lt Col Godfrey Basil Mundy

Born London c.1770; served in Irish Rebellion 1798; Major in 3rd Dragoons 27 August 1802; Lieutenant-Colonel 2 July 1803; served at Copenhagen 1807; commanded 3rd Dragoons in Peninsula August 1811 to November 1811; brevet Colonel 1 January 1812; Lieutenant-Colonel in 2nd Foot 2 July 1812; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1814; Lieutenant-General 22 July 1830; died March 1848.

Major Henry Wood

Major in 3rd Dragoons 2 July 1803; retired May 1809.

Major William Legh Clowes

Born Derbyshire 1781; Major in 3rd Dragoons 6 April 1809; served in Peninsula August 1811 to December 1812; retired 10 December 1812; died August 1862.

Major Randall Gossip

Born Leicester 1774; served at Copenhagen 1807; Major in 3rd Dragoons 11 July 1811; to Major in 11th Garrison Battalion 11 June 1812; died September 1832.

Lt Col Lord Charles Henry Somerset Manners, K.C.B.

Born Rutland 1780; Major in 10th Light Dragoons 13 October 1808; served in Peninsula October 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; ADC to Wellington in Peninsula June 1811 to July 1812; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 August 1811; Lieutenant-Colonel in 23rd Light Dragoons 6 August 1811; brevet Colonel in 3rd Dragoons 2 July 1812; commanded 3rd Dragoons in Peninsula August 1812 to March 1814; commanded cavalry brigade March and April 1814; brevet Colonel 6 November 1817; ADC to Prince Regent 6 November 1817; subsequently Major-General 27 May 1825; Lieutenant-General 28 June 1838; General 1854; died May 1855.

Major Simon George Newport

Served in Peninsula with 10th Light Dragoons 1808 to 1811; Major in 102nd Foot 1 August 1811; to half-pay 11th Garrison Battalion; Major in 3rd Dragoons 11 June 1812; to Lieutenant-Colonel in 9th Dragoons 19 June 1813.

Major Thomas Hutchins

Born 1779; Brigade-Major in Peninsula October 1811 to May 1812; Deputy Assistant Quarter-Master General September 1812 to January 1813; Major in 3rd Dragoons 10 December 1812; Assistant Quarter-Master General February to March 1813; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1819; died 1823.

Major Henry Barrington

Served in Peninsula with 48th Foot 1812; Major in 3rd Dragoons 24 June 1813 (on transfer from 48th Foot); to Major in 87th Foot 30 April 1818.

Sources:

War Office. Army Lists 1796 to 1815. London: various years.

Cannon, Richard. Historical Record of the Third, or King’s Own Regiment of Light Dragoons: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1685, and of it’s Subsequent Services to 1846. London: Parker, Furnivall & Parker, 1847.

Chichester, Henry Manners, and Burges-Short, Henry. The Records and Badges of Every Regiment and Corps in the British Army. London: William Clowes & Sons, 1895.

McKenna, Michael G. The British Army – And Its Regiments and Battalions. West Chester, Ohio: The Nafziger Collection. 2004.

Reid, Stuart. Wellington’s Officers, Volume 1. Leigh-On-Sea: Patrizan Press, 2008.

Reid, Stuart. Wellington’s Officers, Volume 2. Leigh-On-Sea: Patrizan Press, 2009.

Philippart, John. The Royal Military Calendar, or Army Service and Commission Book. London: A.J. Valpy, 1820.

London Gazette Website.August 2010.

The Napoleon Series – Peninsula Roll Call. August 2010.

 

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