13th Light Dragoons

1842 Standing Officer

The uniform here is the same as the one worn by the mounted officer except that the shako is now the Albert style. Victoria and Albert married in 1840 and almost immediately changes appeared in the uniforms of the British Army. The heavy cavalry regiments were given the Albert helmet with a falling plume in the German style (still in use today by the Household Cavalry).
The pouch belt can be seen clearly here. There are two honour scrolls on it (Peninsula and Waterloo). Below this you can see the flounders and tassles hanging from a hook on his jacket. These are the ends of the cap-lines. Round his waist is the girdle, three gold, two crimson stripes, and below that a gold and white, snake-clasped belt from which hang the sabretache and sword. This sword is non-regulation, being a mameluke style more normally worn by hussar officers in levee dress. This is a portrait of Hon. W. R. Ormsby Gore who later inherited the title of Lord Harlech from his father, the 1st Lord Harlech. He joined the army as an infantry ensign in 1835 and moved to the 13th Light Dragoons in October 1841. He retired as a major in September1855. In this 1842 portrait he is a Lieutenant.

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