The Dragoon Guards

1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards
August 1914 : in Lucknow in India, part of the Lucknow Cavalry Brigade.
Moved with Brigade to France as part of 1st Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles 7 November 1914.
26 November 1916 : 1st Indian Cavalry Division renamed as 4th Cavalry Division.
7 October 1917 : left Brigade and returned to India, where it then remained.
Joined 1st (Peshawar) Division in August 1918, from 14th Cavalry Brigade.

2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays)
August 1914 : at Aldershot, part of 1st Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France.
16 September 1914 : Cavalry Division renamed as 1st Cavalry Division.

 Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 September. Troops of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) on the march approaching Hardecourt Wood, 18 September 1916. Imperial War Museum image Q4240.


Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 15-22 September. Troops of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays) on the march approaching Hardecourt Wood, 18 September 1916. Imperial War Museum image Q4240.

3rd (Prince of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards
August 1914 : at Cairo in Egypt. Recalled to England, arrived at Liverpool on 18 October 1914.
31 October 1914 : landed in France and on 4 November under command of 6th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.

4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
August 1914 : at Tidworth, part of 2nd Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France 16 August.
16 September 1914 : Cavalry Division renamed as 1st Cavalry Division.

The memorial at Casteau, north east of Mons, marking the spot where C Squadron of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards became the first British unit to go into action against the German Army, on 22 August 1914.

5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards
August 1914 : at Aldershot, part of 1st Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France 16 August.
16 September 1914 : Cavalry Division renamed as 1st Cavalry Division.

6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
August 1914 : at Canterbury, part of 4th Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France in August.
16 September 1914 : Cavalry Division renamed as 1st Cavalry Division.
14 October 1914 : transferred with Brigade to 2nd Cavalry Division.

7th (Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards
August 1914 : in Secunderabad in India, part of the Secunderabad Cavalry Brigade.
Moved with Brigade to France as part of 1st Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles at 13 October 1914.
23 December 1914 : transferred with Brigade to 2nd Indian Cavalry Division.
26 November 1916 : 2nd Indian Cavalry Division renamed as 5th Cavalry Division.
February 1918 : Division broken up; regiment transferred on 10 March 1918 to 7th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.

Books

This is a list of histories of the regiments during the Great War. Some have been reprinted in recent years.

History of the Queen’s Bays, 2nd Dragoon Guards, 1685-1929 by Frederic Whyte and A. Hilliard Atteridge (London: J. Cape. 1930)

The History of the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Printed for Private Circulation, 1937)

I Serve: Regimental History of the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards) by Lieutenant-Colonel L.B. Oatts (Chester, 1966)

Record of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards in the Great War, 1914-1918 by Rev. Harold Gibb, Lieutenant 4th R.I. Dragoon Guards, 1914-1915 (1925)

A History of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and their Predecessors, 1685-1980 by J.M. Brereton (Catterick: The Regiment, 1982)

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