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The Dettingen Standard finds a home at the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum in York
A REMARKABLE survivor from a landmark battle in British military history has a new home in York.
The Dettingen Standard was present when George II fought at Dettingen in Bavaria in 1743 – the last time a British monarch personally led troops into battle.
The flag was famously carried by Cornet Henry Richardson of Ligonier’s Horse – which has since become the Royal Dragoon Guards – who defended the Standard from the French and is said to have received 37 slashes to his uniform by either sword or bullet holes.
The Standard was presented to him after the battle for his bravery and has been owned by his family ever since.
Now – after a successful bid of £31,800 at auction – the Standard will reside in the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum in Tower Street.
Capt Alan Henshall said: “The Dettingen Standard is the Holy Grail to our regiment. It has finally come home having been away for 269 years.
“It went to Ireland, where it remained until the early 1900s, and has been on loan either at the Royal United Services Institute or the Army Museum in London.
“We now own it and here it shall remain.”
The Standard was auctioned at Thomas Del Mar in West Kensington in June. Overseas bidders were not allowed after a successful bid was made to the Arts Council to ensure it was classed as an item of national importance and not exported.
The Standard was bought by The Royal Dragoon Guards with the help of the Victoria & Albert Museum purchase grant fund.