6th Dragoon Guards

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Known as The Carabiniers


  • 1685 raised as the 9th Horse Regiment known as Lord Lumley's Horse
  • ???? renamed The Queen Dowager's Horse
  • 1691 renamed The King's Carabiniers
  • 1746 renamed the 3rd Irish Horse (The Carabiniers)
  • 1788 became the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)
  • 1840 became the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)
  • 1921 became the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
  • 1922 amalgamated with the 3rd (Prince of Wales') Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards
  • 1928 renamed the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards)
  • 1971 amalgamated with the Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons) on 2 July 1971, forming the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)

Service in British India

In December 1877 the Regiment was sent to India on garrison duty. The following year they went to Afghanistan where their duties consisted of escort and transport tasks along the Khyber lines of communication, including taking the ex-Amir, Yakub Khan, back to India as a prisoner. They also took part in several reprisals against the rebellious tribes in the Khyber area, including the actions at Ali Boghan and Daka in January 1880. Before returning to India in August 1880, the 6th Dragoons (The Carabiniers) were also engaged against the Waziris and Ghilzai tribesmen at different times[1]

In 1884 due to the return of the 13th Hussars to England, 1 sergeant, 1 corporal, and 11 privates transferred to the 6th Dragoon Guards[2]

Regimental journal

The Feather and Carbine. (Regimental Journal of the 3rd Carabiniers). At least some editions are available at the British Library.

Selected pages from these volumes have been scanned and are available online, refer External links below, but it appears the complete volumes are not available.

FIBIS resources

  • "William Garnett, the Volunteering Major" by Michael Garnett FIBIS Journal Number 26 Autumn 2011, pages 26-30. He joined the regiment in 1877 and arrived in India early 1880, soon joining the regiment in Afghanistan as part of the 2nd Afghan War

External Links

Historical books online