The Regiment's Battle Honours

A ‘battle honour’ is an officially awarded recognition of a regiment’s achievements and accomplishments, either at a particular battle or during a campaign.

In total, our antecedent regiments together with the current Regiment – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) – have earned 92 battle honours, 50 of which are borne on the Regiment’s Standard.

Since the late eighteenth century, battle honours have been borne on the flags and other appointments, such as the drums, of the regiments of the British Army. These battle honours, symbolising past campaigns and battles in which those regiments have distinguished themselves, have always acted as a source of great pride and inspiration for soldiers of later generations.

A ‘standard’ is a type of flag which is unique to regiments of heavy cavalry. Standards, as do other types of military flag, generally bear symbols reflecting the individual regiments’ national and Royal allegiances. Originally, standards were carried on the battlefield and played a crucial part in showing a regiment’s soldiers their place in relation to their regiment during the battle. Standards assisted in maintaining order in potentially chaotic situations, when smoke from cannons and firearms reduced visibility. The regimental standard was a source of pride for the soldiers and acted as a rallying point when needed.

*Please note, no battle honours were awarded to 25th Dragoons, which was disbanded in 1947.

The SCOTS DG's first Standard

Pre-1900 Battle Honours

BLENHEIM
RAMILLIES
OUDENARDE
MALPLAQUET
WARBURG
BEAUMONT
WILLEMS
TALAVERA
ALBUHERA
VITTORIA
PENINSULA
SEVASTOPOL
ABYSSINIA
SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902

Great War Battle Honours

YPRES 1914, 15
NONNE BOSSCHEN
FREZENBERG
LOOS
ARRAS 1917
SCARPE 1917
CAMBRAI 1918
SOMME 1918
ST QUENTIN
AVRE
AMIENS
HINDENBURG LINE
BEAUREVOIR
PURSUIT TO MONS
FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18

3DG in Abyssinia by Orlando Norrie (c.1870)

Pre-1900 Battle Honours

BLENHEIM
RAMILLIES
OUDENARDE
MALPLAQUET
WARBURG
WILLEMS
SEVASTOPOL
DELHI 1857
AFGHANISTAN 1878-80
RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY
PAARDEBURG
SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902

Great War Battle Honours

MONS
LE CATEAU
RETREAT FROM MONS
MARNE 1914
AISNE 1914
MESSINES 1914
ARMENTIERES 1914
YPRES 1915
ST JULIEN
BELLEWAARDE
ARRAS 1917
SCARPE 1917
CAMBRAI 1917, 18
SOMME 1918
ST QUENTIN
LYS
HAZEBROUCK
AMIENS
BAPAUME 1918
HINDENBURG LINE
CANAL DU NORD
SELLE
SAMBRE
FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18

6DG in the Long Valley by Orlando Norie (1860's)

Second World War

TAMU ROAD
NUNSHIGUM
IMPHAL
BISHENPUR
KANGLATONGBI
KENNEDY PEAK
SHWEBO
SAGAING
AVA
MANDALAY
YENANGYUANG 1945
IRRAWUDDY
BURMA 1944-45

A General Lee Tank in Burma

Pre-1900 Battle Honours

BLENHEIM
RAMILLIES
OUDENARDE
MALPLAQUET
DETTINGEN
WARBURG
WILLEMS
WATERLOO
BALAKLAVA
SEVASTOPOL
RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY
PAARDEBURG
SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902

Great War Battle Honours

MONS
RETREAT FROM MONS
MARNE 1914
AISNE 1914
MESSINES 1914
YPRES 1914, 15
GHELUVELT
NEUVE CHAPELLE
ST JULIEN
BELLEWAARDE
ARRAS 1917
SCARPE 1917
CAMBRAI 1917, 18
SOMME 1918
LYS
HAZEBROUCK
AMIENS
ALBERT 1918
BAPAUME 1918
HINDENBURG LINE
ST QUENTIN CANAL
BEAUREVOIR
PURSUIT TO MONS
FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18

Second World War Battle Honours

MERJAYUN
SYRIA 1941
ALAM EL HALFA
EL ALAMEIN
EL AGHEILA
NOFILA
ADVANCE ON TRIPOLI
NORTH AFRICA 1942-43
SALERNO
BATTIPAGLIA
VOLTURNO CROSSING
ITALY 1943
CAEN
HILL 112
FALAISE
VENLO POCKET
HOCHWALD
ALLER
BREMEN
NORTH WEST EUROPE 1944-45

Rally the Greys by Allan Stewart (1895)

WADI AL BATIN
GULF WAR 1991
AL BASRAH
IRAQ 2003

*All battle honours from the antecedent regiments were inherited by SCOTS DG in 1971.

A Challenger of C Sqaudron during Op Telic