Military Collections at the Redoubt Fortress Museum

The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars Regimental Collection

This collection celebrates the history of two of the most famous cavalry regiments - The 4th Queen's Own Hussars and The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.

Amongst the displays are artefacts from some of the worlds most famous battles including the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade and a Desert Rat uniform worn at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942.

Collection Highlights

Hoof from the Royal Irish Hussars

Hoof belonging to a horse of the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars

Queens Royal Irish Hussars Collection

Sabertache used by officers on horse back

Gulf War uniform

Gulf War display and modern day video diaries

Desert Rat uniform

Desert Rat uniform from the Second World War

Hussars Cavalry Diorama

The Hussars Victorian Cavalry scene

Hussars chest

Must See Exhibits

From the Crimean War to the modern day Gulf War, the collection includes some fascinating exhibits:

  • Heavily embroidered regimental wall hangings
  • Beautiful uniform and headgear collections
  • Original artefacts from the Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Scene of Victorian cavalrymen
  • Elephant foot from the Hussars time in India
  • Desert Rat uniform worn at the Battle of El Alamein
  • Soldiers’ souvenirs from the Korean war
  • Scene of a soldiers’ camp during the First Gulf War, 1990-1

The Collection

Formed by the amalgamation of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars and the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.

Regimental History

Originally the Berkeley's Dragoons in 1685, their most famous battle was the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Battle Honours

From Dettingen in 1743 to Korea in 1951, view a sample of the Regiments wide ranging battle history. 

Family Tree

From Berkerleys Dragoons in 1685 to the Queen's Royal Hussars in 1993, view the regimental family tree.


Major CJ O'Shaughnessy was a distinguished soldier awarded the George Medal, Military Cross and MBE.

Victoria Crosses

The regiment received six Victoria Crosses for their bravery in the Crimea in the 1800's.

Did You Know?

To receive a new horse, officers had to prove their horse had died in battle by cutting off the hoof
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