British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: The 8th Hussars

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 

#17: The 8th Hussars

“The regiment was raised in Ireland in 1693 as Dragoons and converted to Hussars in 1822 (the King’s Own Royal Irish). The 8th Hussars took part in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. This is a trooper at the end of the 19th century”



Sites of interest about the 8th Hussars:

The National Army Museum’s web page on the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars.

The Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum in Eastbourne houses a collection on the 8th Hussars.

The regiment shares a museum with the 3rd Hussars shown in the previous card in this series. The Queen’s Own Hussars Museum web page on the history of the regiment. This museum is due to be re-homed from it’s original premises in the ancient Lord Leycester’s Hospital in Warwick. You can visit the website on the relocation project and donate here.


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