Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815
The Cavalry

By Andrew Bamford

 

1st Life Guards: December 1812 to May 1814 (Peninsula – 18 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 21 months.

2nd Life Guards: December 1812 to May 1814 (Peninsula – 18 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 21 months.

Royal Horse Guards: December 1812 to May 1814 (Peninsula – 18 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 21 months.

1st Dragoon Guards: April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 4 months.

2nd Dragoon Guards: August 1809 (Walcheren – 1 month)[1]. Total coverage, 1 month.

3rd Dragoon Guards: May 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 62 months); July 1815 (Flanders – 1 month). Total coverage, 63 months.

4th Dragoon Guards: August 1811 to March 1813 (Peninsula – 20 months). Total coverage, 20 months.

5th Dragoon Guards: September 1811 to June 1813 (Peninsula – 34 months). Total coverage, 34 months.

1st Dragoons: September 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 58 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 61 months.

2nd Dragoons: April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 4 months.

3rd Dragoons: August 1809 (Walcheren –1 months); September 1811 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 34 months); July 1815 (Flanders – 1 month). Total coverage, 36 months.

4th Dragoons: May 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 62 months). Total coverage, 62 months.

6th Dragoons: May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 3 months.

7th Hussars: December 1808 (Peninsula – 1 month); September 1813 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 10 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 15 months.

9th Light Dragoons: August to November 1809 (Walcheren – 4 months);[2] August 1811 to March 1813 (Peninsula – 20 months). Total coverage, 24 months.

10th Hussars: December 1808 (Moore – 1 Peninsula); February 1813 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 17 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 22 months.

11th Light Dragoons: June 1811 to May 1813 (Peninsula – 24 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 26 months.

12th Light Dragoons: August 1809 (Walcheren – 1 month); July 1811 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 36 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 41 months.

13th Light Dragoons:[3] April 1810 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 51 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 54 months.

13th Light Dragoons (Detachment):[4] April to July 1810 (Cadiz – 4 months). Total coverage, 4 months.

14th Light Dragoons: January 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 66 months); October 1814 to February 1815 (American Coast – 5 months). Total coverage, 71 months.

15th Hussars: December 1808 (Peninsula – 1 month); February 1813 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 17 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 21 months.

16th Light Dragoons: May 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 62 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 65 months.

18th Hussars: September to December 1808 (Peninsula – 4 months); February 1809 (Peninsula – 1 month);[5] February 1813 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 17 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 26 months.

19th Light Dragoons: May 1813 to July 1815 (Canada – 27 months). Total coverage, 27 months.

20th Light Dragoons: September 1808 to June 1809 (Peninsula – 10 months); April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 22 months.

23rd Light Dragoons: June to November 1809 (Peninsula – 6 months); May to July 1815 (Flanders – 3 months). Total coverage, 9 months.

1st KGL Dragoons:[6] January 1812 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 30 months); July 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 13 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

2nd KGL Dragoons:[7] January 1812 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 30 months); July 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 13 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

1st KGL Hussars: June 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 61 months); July 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 13 months). Total coverage, 74 months.

2nd KGL Hussars:[8] August 1809 (Walcheren – 1 month); February 1811 to May 1813 (Peninsula – 28 months); January 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 19 months). Total coverage, 48 months.

2nd KGL Hussars (Detachment):[9] June 1810 to September 1812 (Cadiz – 28 months). Total coverage, 28 months.

3rd KGL Hussars: September and October 1808 (Peninsula – 2 months); November and December 1808 (Moore – 2 months); February to June 1809 (Peninsula – 5 months);[10] August 1813 to February 1814 (Germany – 7 months);[11] March 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 17 months). Total coverage, 33 months.

Brunswick-Oels Hussars: April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

Troop of Foreign Hussars: April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

Notes:

[1] Listed as part of expedition, but did not land.

[2] One troop only September-November, remainder of regiment returned to Britain.

[3] See also detachment, listed below.

[4] Refers to squadron detached to Cadiz.

[5] Detachment left at Lisbon.

[6] Redesignated as Light Dragoons 1813.

[7] Redesignated as Light Dragoons 1813.

[8] See also detachment, listed below.

[9] Relates to two squadrons detached to Cadiz, including some operations in southern Spain.

[10] Relates to single squadron formed out of convalescents left in Portugal.

[11] Whilst serving with Walmoden: data from unit returns in WO17/270, 285.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: May - August 2015

 

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