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Officer's jacket, Queen's Light Dragoons, 1838-1850

Caption: Officer's jacket, Queen's Light Dragoons, 1838-1850

The Queen's Light Dragoons were a volunteer troop of cavalry raised in 1822 in Toronto (then called York) as the York Dragoons. In 1838, after service in the Upper Canada Rebellions, the unit was granted a new title as a reward for good service. At the same time, it adopted the style of uniform jacket shown in this photograph - dark blue with buff facings and silver lace. Worn with a Light Dragoon pattern shako, this uniform persisted to 1871, through a number of changes in regimental title and status. The unit is still active as The Governor General's Horse Guards. (Canadian War Museum)