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Unit History: CARABINIERS
The regiment was descended from the Ninth Horse regiment, raised in response to the Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion in 1685, the first year of the reign of King James II. Colonelcy of the Ninth Horse was given to Richard, 2nd Viscount Lumley of Waterford. In accordance with tradition of the time, the regiment became known as Lord Lumley’s Horse. Shortly thereafter, Lumley petitioned the Queen Dowager to permit labeling the regiment The Queen Dowager’s Horse, which request was granted. In 1691, during King William’s Irish Campaign, the regiment distinguished itself, as a result of which it was posted to London and re-named The King’s Carabiniers.
The regiment participated in putting down the rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745-46. By this time, it was recruited almost entirely from Irish Protestants, and so the regiment was redesignated the Third Irish Horse, but continued to be known as The Carabiniers. In 1788 a reapportionment of the army establishment resulted in the designation 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers), which was to remain in place for the next 133 years. The regiment fought under this title through the Napoleonic Wars, to include the Peninsula Campaign; the Crimean War; the Boer War; and World War I.
In 1906, the regiment was part of The Cavalry Brigade at the Grand Durbar (the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Bangalore), during which HRH presented a new standard to The Carabiniers. The regiment was in the 1st and 2nd Battles of Ypres in France, at the Battle of the Somme, Allenby’s attack at Arras, and at Longueval. Following the war, the regiment was on constabulary duty in Ireland from 1919-1922.
In July 1922, the 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) was returned to England and posted to Aldershot. There, they were amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales’), and this regiment was designated the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards.
Memories of CARABINIERS
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
3 CARABINIERS, EL_Adam Libya in 1968
Written by Malcolm boneAfter nine months in the sand and wind of Libya the time came for the RAF to fly us home,alas they could not get that right.we were moved out of our accommodation the night before the flight into Malcolm Block only to be told that it would be delayed 24hours,the RAF had 86 Pissed Off Carb's on their hand's.What to do with 86 Pissed Off Carb's.The SSM had the right idea,be back by midnight tommrow,no where to go other than the gibbely club off we went 3 days later the RAF flew us out.The best piss upever seen,72 hours on the Lash .All Ranks we carried onto the Plain,the RAF were very happy to see the back us.Happy Day's
Carabiniers, SUMMER CAMP in 1949
Written by BILL SUMMERSREMEMBER SERVING WITH 3RD DRAGOON GUARDS BAND AT SUMMER CAMP LULWORTH COVE BEFORE RETURNING TO PERHAM DOWN CAMP , THEN ON TO A BAND ENGAGEMENT AT CAMBOURNE,STAYING AT BODMIN CASTLE CORNWALL BARRACKS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK END ,BEFORE GOING ON TO PORTSMOUTH FOR A NAVY DAY PARADE. HAPPY MEMORIES.
Carabiniers (Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards), LIBYA in 1998
Written by DAVID MORANI WENT FROM PERGAMOS TO LIBYA AND SPENT 3 MONTHS ON THE NEARELF EXPEDITION TO MURZUQ, IT WAS DIFFERENT BUT SO PLEASED TO ESCAPE FROM EL ADEM
Active From: 1685 - 1922