The Queens Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) The Great War 1914-1918
The unit was formed as the Earl of Peterborough’s Regiment of Horse in June 1685 by merging four of the independent troops of horse raised to fight for King James II against the Monmouth Rebellion. you can read the full history of the regiment from inception to 1959, when, it was merged with the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards to form the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards at the National Army Museum
The outbreak of the First World War (1914-18) saw it deploy to the Western Front with the 1st Cavalry Division. It fought in both a mounted and infantry role in many engagements, including the Retreat from Mons, (1914), Le Cateau (1914), the Marne (1914), Ypres (1914), the Somme (1916), Arras (1917), Cambrai (1917) and the Scarpe (1918).
The display troop is an established living history group made up of a mix of ex serving and civilian personnel with a wealth of experience with other groups in the re-enactment / living history community for the last 15 years, with mainly a sphere of interest in the Great War Period for the Regiment.
The group is based in the North East of England but we travel all over the UK, France and Belgium to attend events. We all personnel own their own horses, have been riding for a number of years and are competent riders and are fully committed to the portrayal of the regiment and in a historically accurate way to pay respects and to honour the brave soldiers who served during the Great War in all regiments.
We attend regular displays and events throughout the year including the Great Dorset Steam Fair, our main events are Mounted skill at arms displays with sword and lance at the gallop, but we also attend schools and museums for " show and tell events" where we show how the guys would have been dressed and kitted during the great war from the tactics even down to what they would have eaten and where they would have slept ! We also have links with other living history groups such as the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Living History Group. so we are able to portral all aspects of the Great War both Mounted and Infantry based.
As a display troop with have full Public Liability Insurance and provide detailed risk assessments for every event we participate in if you would like to discuss further and make an enquiry about what we can provide for event then please contact us for further information and pricing.
EVENTS AND SHOWS
We are a fully formed display troop, we are equally at home performing A Skill at Arms Display with Sword and Lance in an arena or attending schools, museums and events to educate in the role of the cavalry and men of the great war. we regular attend memorials and dedications to the fallen.
Skill at Arms Displays
Educational School Visits
Memorial and Remembrance
I would like to thank you for contacting us and offering your unique services to our Unveiling & Dedication Service of
Pelton War Memorial.
It added another wonderful facet to the day and many residents were impressed with your professionalism and the behaviour of the horses.
It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to working with you again.
Kind regards and great appreciation from
Pelton Parish Council.
Many thanks for all of your teams's efforts and commitment to a very successful display and show, we would like to invite you back to Great Dorset for next year
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019