5th ROYAL IRISH LANCERS / Uniform & Hat 1912.
Full Helmet with horse hair plume and Plate with battle honors up to South Africa 1902. Uniform jacket and trousers with belt/ dated 1912 – EF Condition.
The helmet is EF apart from some minor crazing to leather peak.
It comes with Brass bugle and bugle chord, that attached all the way up to the hat.
The regiment was reformed in 1858, keeping its old number and title, but losing precedence, being ranked after the 17th Lancers. It was immediately converted into a lancer regiment and titled 5th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers). In 1861, it was renamed the 5th (or Royal Irish) Lancers and then the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. The regiment served in India and a section served in Egypt in 1885, taking part in the battles at Suakin. It served with distinction in the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902, gaining battle honours at Battle of Elandslaagte and The Defence of Ladysmith.
The regiment then returned to England where it stayed until the outbreak of World War I, when it became part of the British Expeditionary Force, sailing from Dublin to France in August 1914, and saw action continually from 1914 to 1918 in some of the war’s bloodiest battles. During the battle of Bourlon Wood George William Burdett Clare received the Victoria Cross posthumously. The 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers won a total of 20 battle honours during the Great War.