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2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)

In the Great War the Bays formed a part of the original Expeditionary Force ('The Old Contemptibles') and were heavily engaged throughout the War in France and Flanders on the Western Front, fighting in all the major battles. first raised in 1685 by King James II. It saw service for three centuries, before being amalgamated into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in 1959. In 1747 the Government, determined to save money, decided to reduce the regiment from the status of Horse (who were better paid) to that of Dragoons (who would cost less). There was such an outcry that eventually the 3rd Regiment of Horse became the 2nd Queens Regiment of Dragoon Guards. in 1767, the Regiment was ordered to be mounted on bay horses accompanied by the new title 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). The Regimental motto is "Pro Rege et Patria", which is Latin for "For King and Country".

The Great War: Battle honours: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentieres 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Amiens, Albert 1918, Hindenburg Line, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18

On the last day of the Great War, 11 November 1918, The Bays successfully chased off the German cavalry at Montigny-les-Lens.