Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Band sword, Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Cavalry, 1860 (c)
The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Cavalry was formed in 1819 and re-raised in 1828. It was involved in the suppression of Chartist unrest in the 1820s and 1830s and quelling violence between English and Irish workers on the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, the Penrith 'navvy riots'. From the 1850s, it adopted a scarlet hussar uniform with white facings, blue pantaloons and fur busby, and this was retained as the unit's full dress uniform until the 1890s. Although raised for home service the unit provided a company of Imperial Yeomanry for service in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902).
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