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2nd Cavalry Brigade
Active 1809–1815
Country  United Kingdom
Allegiance British Crown
Branch  British Army
Type Cavalry
Size Brigade
Part of 1st Cavalry Division (World War I)

Napoleonic Wars

Battle of Waterloo

Second Boer War

Battle of Paardeberg

World War I

Western Front
Sir William Ponsonby
John French, 1st Earl of Ypres
Cecil Edward Bingham
Beauvoir De Lisle

The 2nd Cavalry Brigade was a brigade of the British Army. It served in the Napoleonic Wars (2nd Union Cavalry Brigade), the Boer War and in the First World War when it was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

The brigade was a pre-war formation based at Tidworth in England and originally consisted of three cavalry regiments, and an Royal Engineer signal troop. After the declaration of war in August 1914, the brigade was deployed to the Western Front in France, where an artillery battery joined the brigade the following September and a Machine Gun Squadron in February 1916.[1]


Napoleonic Wars

During the Battle of Waterloo, the brigade commanded:[2]

1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
2nd Regiment of Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons

As the brigade consisted of regiments from England (1st Dragoons), Scotland (2nd Dragoons) and Ireland (6th Dragoons), it was known as the Union Brigade.

Boer War

During the Battle of Paardeberg, the brigade commanded:[3]

6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiners)
2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
6th Dragons (Inniskillings)
New Zealanders
G and P Batteries, Royal Horse Artillery[4]

World War I

4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers
18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars
2nd Signal Troop Royal Engineers
H Battery, Royal Horse Artillery from 28 September 1914
2nd Cavalry Brigade Machine Gun Squadron Machine Gun Corps[1]

See also



  • Becke, Major A.F. (1935). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 1. The Regular British Divisions. London: His Majesty's Stationary Office. ISBN 1-871167-09-4. 
  • Clarke, W.G. (1993). Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery, 200 Years of Panache and Professionalism. Woolwich: The Royal Artillery Institution. ISBN 09520762-0-9. 
  • Smith, Digby (1998). The Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Data Book. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 1-85367-276-9. 

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