The 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons left England for Flanders in June 1742. After moving into Bavaria, the British Army met French forces at Dettingen on 27 June 1743. King George II personally led his troops into battle, becoming the last British monarch to do so. The Colonel of the 2nd Dragoons, James Campbell of Lawers, was in command of the cavalry and led a successful charge into the French Maison du Roi, during which the regiment captured a standard of the French Household Cavalry. The Carabiniers fought alongside the 2nd Dragoons at Dettingen and also at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. At the latter engagement James Campbell was fatally wounded by a cannonball.