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2nd Regiment of Life Guards

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Active  1788–1922
Type  Household Cavalry
Branch  Army
Role  Cavalry
2nd Regiment of Life Guards
Country  Kingdom of Great Britain (1788–1800)  United Kingdom (1801–1922)

The 2nd Regiment of Life Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, part of the Household Cavalry. It was formed in 1788 by the union of the 2nd Troop of Horse Guards and 2nd Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards. In 1922, it was amalgamated with the 1st Life Guards to form the Life Guards.



The regiment was formed in 1788 by the union of the 2nd Troop of Horse Guards and 2nd Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards. It fought in the Peninsular War and at the Waterloo. In 1877, it was renamed 2nd Life Guards and contributed to the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment in the Anglo-Egyptian War, in the Second Boer War and in the First World War from August to November 1914. From 1916 to 1918, the Reserve Regiment contributed to the Household Battalion. In 1918, the regiment was converted to the 2nd Battalion, Guards Machine Gun Regiment. It was reconstituted in 1919 and was amalgamated with the 1st Life Guards in 1922 to form the Life Guards.

Battle honours

The battle honours of the regiment were:

  • Early Wars: Dettingen, Peninsula, Waterloo, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899–1900
  • The Great War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17, Langemarck 1914, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Épehy, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918, Selle, France and Flanders 1914–18
  • Colonels-in-Chief

    The Colonels-in-Chief of the regiment were:

  • 1815 HM King George IV
  • 1830 HM King William IV
  • 1837 vacant
  • 1880 F.M. HM King Edward VII
  • 1910 F.M. HM King George V
  • Regimental Colonels

    The Colonels of the regiment were:

  • 1788–1797: F.M. Sir Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, KB
  • 1797–1843: Gen. William Cathcart, 1st Earl Cathcart, KT
  • 1843–1854: Gen. Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, KG, GCB, GCH
  • 1854–1863: F.M. Sir John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton, GCB, GCMG, GCH
  • 1863: Gen. Henry Beauchamp Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp
  • 1863–1876: F.M. George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale, KT, GCB
  • 1876–1890: Gen. George Upton, 3rd Viscount Templetown, GCB
  • 1890–1900: Gen. Richard William Penn Curzon-Howe, 3rd Earl Howe, GCVO, CB
  • 1900–1905: Gen. Frederick Augustus Thesiger, 2nd Baron Chelmsford, GCB, GCVO
  • 1905–1907: F.M. Sir Francis Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell, GCB, GCMG
  • 1907–1919: Lt-Gen. Rt. Hon. Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, KCB, KCVO
  • 1919–1922: Maj-Gen. Hon. Sir Cecil Edward Bingham, GCVO, KCMG, CB
  • References

    2nd Regiment of Life Guards Wikipedia

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