The Dragoons

1st (Royal) Dragoons
August 1914 : at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
Recalled to England, arrived 19 September 1914.
Moved to Ludgershall and placed under command of 6th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.
8 October 1914 : landed at Ostende.

2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
August 1914 : at York, part of 5th Cavalry Brigade. Moved to France.
6 September 1914 : Brigade placed under Gough’s Command.
13 September 1914 : Gough’s Command renamed as 2nd Cavalry Division.

The Royal Scots Greys watering horses at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918. Imperial War Museum image Q8944.
The Royal Scots Greys watering horses at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918. Imperial War Museum image Q8944.

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
August 1914 : in Mhow in India, part of the Mhow Cavalry Brigade.
Moved with Brigade to France as part of 2nd Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles at 14 December 1914.
September 1915 : Brigade transferred to 1st Indian Cavalry Division.
26 November 1916 : 1st Indian Cavalry Division renamed as 4th Cavalry Division.
10 March 1918 : Division broken up. Transferred to 7th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron
The regiment formed a new squadron at Enniskillen in November 1914 as cavalry for 36th (Ulster) Division. Landed in France with Division on 6 October 1915. Left Division and became X Corps Cavalry Regiment on 21 June 1916. Broken up in summer 1917, with troops being dismounted and posted as infantry to 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Books

History of the Royal Dragoons 1661-1934 by C.T. Atkinson (Glasgow: Glasgow University Press, 1934)

The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) by R.J.T. Hills (London: Leo Cooper, 1972) [‘Famous Regiments’ Series]

History of the Royal Scots Greys – the Second Dragoons – August, 1914-March, 1919 by Sydney James Hardy and others [1928]

The Royal Scots Greys: (The 2nd Dragoons) by Michael Blacklock (London: Leo Cooper, 1971) [‘Famous Regiments’ Series]

Links

Light Dragoons museums