New Exhibition: The Charge of the Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, 26th February 1916

The Dorset Yeoman at Agagia, 26th February 1916, Lady Elizabeth Butler, 1917

The Dorset Yeoman at Agagia, 26th February 1916, Lady Butler, 1917                   [Dorset County Council]

Dorset County Museum and The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, in conjunction with the Dorset Yeomanry have assembled a small exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous charge of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry against a mixed Turkish and Senussi force in the Egyptian Western Desert.

The charge, the last Regimental charge in battle by the British army, routed the enemy and was a key element in preventing the Turks and their German allies from capturing the Suez canal; a vital link with India.

The highlight of the display will be the painting on loan by the Dorset County Council recording the gallantry of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry that was commissioned from the greatest, British, late 19th / early 20th century, military artist, Lady Butler. The painting was paid for by subscriptions from local people. After being exhibited in 1917 at the Royal Academy, it was displayed in most of the major towns across Dorset. Over 10,000 people paid 8d each to see the painting. It normally hangs in the Members’ Common Room at County Hall and this will be the first time for many decades that the people of Dorset will have easy access to view this painting with such county wide resonance.

A complementary display of military ephemera will be staged at The Keep Military Museum at the same time. Dorset County Museum and The Keep Military Museum are offering a joint ticket to see both displays with an individual ticket price saving of £1.50

  • The exhibition ‘The charge of the Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, 26th February 1916′ on Friday 29th January 2016 to Saturday 7th January 2017

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One thought on “New Exhibition: The Charge of the Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, 26th February 1916

  1. Dear Sirs

    I shall certainly look forward to seeing the exhibition but I am surprised that you are claiming it as the last regimental charge in the British Army. It was followed by:

    Queen’s Own Worcestershire Yeomanry & Haji 8 November 1917
    Warwickshire Yeomanry

    Royal Bucks Hussars, Dorset Yeomanry & El Mughal 13 November 1917
    Berkshire Yeomanry *
    *( Dorset Yeomanry had to dismount due to rough ground so charged on foot, Berkshire Yeomanry were in reserve. so the honour goes to the Royal Bucks Hussars).

    1st King’s Dragoon Guards Afghanistan May 1919

    Royal Scots Greys Syria February 1940

    Yours sincerely

    Iain Swinnerton

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