Henry Ramage
Private Henry Ramage 2nd Dragoons

At the battle of Balaklava, Private McPherson, of the 2nd Dragoons, was severely wounded and surrounded by seven Russians. Private Ramage rode to his help, cut his way through the enemy and saved his comrade's life. On the same day, when the Heavy Brigade was covering the retreat of the Light Cavalry, Private Gardiner's leg was shattered by a round-shot, and he lay on the ground exposed to a very heavy cross-fire. Ramage dashed to his rescue and carried him to the rear, the place where he had fallen being almost immediately covered by Russian Cavalry. He also, when the Heavy Brigade was rallying and the enemy retiring, dismounted and brought in a prisoner from the Russian ranks.

Ramage died at Newbridge, Ireland, not long after receiving his decoration, which was sold in London on June 16, 1903, for £61.

John Grieve
Sergeant Major John Grieve, 2nd Dragoons.

At Balaklava, October 25, 1854, in the Heavy Cavalry charge, one of Grieve's officers being surrounded by Russian horsemen, he rode to his rescue, cut off the head of one of them, disabled two others, and put them to flight, thereby saving the life of his officer.


Medals of the Regiments:
2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)

Royal Scots Greys Cap Badge
Officers bronzed badge other ranks cap badge bi-metal

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  2nd Dragoons  (Royal Scots Greys)
1678 - 1971

Some Titles.....

Royal Regiment of Scots Dragoons 1678
2nd (Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons 1751
2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) 1877
Motto: Nemo Me Impune Lacessit = No one provokes me with impunity.
Regimental Journal: The Journal of the Royal Scots Greys
WWI: Battle Honours; 25.    Victoria Crosses; nil.    Died; 159
WWII: Battle Honours; 20    Victoria Crosses; 1.     Died; ????
Amalgamated: 1971, with the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards)  to form The Royal Scots Dragoons Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)

Battle of Waterloo 1815

Waterloo Medal 1815

number: 358

The charge of the 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons at Waterloo is immortalised in the painting "Scotland Forever" by Lady Elizabeth Butler

Battle Honour: Waterloo


Crimean War  1854 - 1856             

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

clasp: →




Total Medals
number: 234 267515 516


**Heavy Brigade chargers 25/10/1854

also eligible for:-

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855

Battle Honours: Balaclava,  Sebastopol.

VCs; 2,  Grieve,   Ramage


The Nile Expedition 1884-5 A detachment of the 2nd  Dragoons formed a component of the Heavy Camel Regiment

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89

The Nile 1884 -85

Abu Klea

number: 47* 39**

* 3 officers and 44 other ranks served in the Heavy Camel Regiment

**  13 men killed at Abu Klea and one more died of wounds on the 20th


Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star dated 1884-6



South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  (Dec 1899 - end of the war)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Frequently encounterd clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:

Relief of Kimberley




Diamond Hill

number; ? ? ? ? ?  


total names on roll  
number; ? 1107  




Officers* NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
5 6 1 34 31 103 88

*in addition one officer died from disease.


Battle Honours: Relief of Kimberley; Paardeberg; South Africa 1899 - 1902.


The Great War 1914 - 1918 


Landed France and Flanders 17th August 1914. remained in this theatre for the duration of the war.

Soldiers/Officers died records 159 deaths for the period.


Men landed France and Flanders prior to 1/1/1916 entitled to a 1914 or 1914-15 Star as appropriate. Also the British War Medal & Victory Medal


Battle Honours: Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Ypres 1914, 1915; Arras 1917; Amiens; Somme 1918; Hindenburg Line; Pursuit to Mons; France and Flanders 1914-18.  Mons; Messines 1914; Gheluvelt; Neuve Chapelle; St Julien; Bellewaarde; Scarpe 1917; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Lys; Hazebrouck; Albert 1918; Bapaume 1918; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir.

"The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)" in 1921

Jewish / Arab Unrest, Palestine 1936 - 39 (1938 - WW2)

General Service Medal 1918 -62



number: ?

WW2 1939 - 1945 

campaigns: North Africa & Middle East Italy North West Europe
WW2 campaign stars:  Africa  Italy, France and Germany

8th Army

- -
      landed D-Day +1

Most also entitled to the 39-45 Star & 1939-45 War Medal

Some Brigades:
4th Armoured Brigade,16/9/42-23/11/42 & 27/1/44 -29/4/45,     8th Armoured Brigade 1/8/41-30/6/42,       31st Armoured Brigade    6/6/45-31/8/45 
(23/10/1942 at El Alamein = 7th Armoured Division/4 Armoured Brigade,  with 14 Grants and 19 Stuarts)
Battle Honours: Hill 112; Falaise; Hochwald; Aller; Bremen; Merjayun; Alam el Halfa; El Alamein; Nofilia; Salerno; Italy 1943;  Caen; Venlo Pocket; North-West Europe 1944-5; Syria 1941; El Agheila; Advance on Tripoli; North Africa 1942-3; Battipaglia; Volturno Crossing.
VCs; 1  Keyes. (offsite)

 Canal Zone 1951 - 1954 (1950 -54)

General Service Medal 1918 -62


Canal Zone

number: ?



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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum.


Selected Bibliography

Author Title Publisher
Cannon's Historical Records Series Historical Record of the Royal Regiment of Scots Dragoons now The Second, or Royal North British Dragoons, commonly called The Scots Greys; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in the reign of King Charles II and of its subsequent Services to 1839 
137 pp.
 London: Longman, Orme & Co., 1840.
Lieut.-Col. Percy Groves.
Illustrated by Harry Payne.
History of the 2nd Dragoons—The Royal Scots Greys, 1678-1893.   
30 pp.
Edinburgh: W. & A. K. Johnstone, 1893.
Edward Almack The History of the Second Dragoons "Royal Scots Greys." 312 pp.  London: Alexander Moring, Ltd., 1908.
  "Royal Scots Greys." "Second to None." Extracts from Regimental History, 1678-1914.  80 pp. London: Sifton Praed & Co. Ltd., 1919.
Sir James Balfour Paul. The 2nd Dragoons—Royal Scots Greys.  1919. 32 pp. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons,
Major the Hon. Ralph Pomeroy et. al History of The Royal Scots Greys (The Second Dragoons), August 1914-March, 1919. Compiled by  Col. W. F. Collins, Col. W. M. Duguid-McCombie, Lt.-Col. S. J. Hardy, Lt.-Col. A. I. Macdougall, Andrew Dewar Gibb, with a Foreword by Gen. Sir Philip W. Chetwode, Bt., Colonel, Royal Scots Greys.  216 pp.


 Lieut.-Col. R. M. P. Carver. Second to None. The Royal Scots Greys, 1919-1945.  With a Foreword by Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein 210 pp. Glasgow: printed for the Regiment by Messrs. McCorquodale & Co. Ltd., 1954


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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