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.3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales)

18th Oct 1914 3rd Dragoons Home

28th Oct 1914   On the 28th October 1914, Major-General the Hon Sir Reginald Talbot, K.C.B. the honorary Colonel came down to bid the Regiment Godspeed, and on Friday 30th October it entrained by squadrons for Southampton, where it embarked on the s.s. Victorian. Sailing at 1:00am on the 31st October, 1914, the regiment arrived off Havre at 8:30pm, disembarked at 6:30 next morning, and marched up to the Rest Camp.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

2nd Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons leave camp  On the 2nd of November squadrons left the Rest Camp at intervals of an hour and entrained at the dock station, Headquarters and ‘C’ Squadron being the first away at 8:00pm. The regiment reached Cassell about midnight on the 3rd.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

4th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons march to Wittepoort Farm  After bivouacking near the station at Cassell, the 3rd Dragoons marched at 10am on the 4th by way of Poperinghe and Ypres to Wittepoort Farm, which was reached about 8:00pm.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

5th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons go into trenches  The weather was very cold and wet and the camp was shelled during the afternoon of the 5th, when three men were wounded. The 6th Cavalary Brigade which the 3rd Dragoon Guards had now joined, had been almost continuously in action since they landed in Belgium. They had suffered severely, the reinforcement therefore being very welcome. The regiment had not long to wait for their first action, as every man was needed in the line. At 5:30pm on the 5th they paraded dismounted, and marching through Hooge, took over the trenches on the eastern front of Herenthage Woods, south of Ypres-Menin road, at 10:00pm. ‘A’ Squadron was in the centre with a machine gun, ‘B’ squadron on the right and ‘C’ on the left with another machine gun. The trenches were very inadequate. Men had to climb over the top from one trench to another. Several were killed whilst so doing by snipers and shell fire.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

6th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons under fire  At dawn on the 6th November there were several outbursts of rifle fire and the position was shelled at 9:10am. There was no protecting wire, the country was open with some woods and a few farms dotted about here and there. The Germans were entrenched about 150 yards from their front. Between 9 and 10:00am and again from noon to 2:00pm, there were heavy bombardments with renewed rifle fire. Enemy attacks were expected, so the right of the line was strengthened by two troops of the 1st Royal Dragoons with two machine guns at about 4:00pm. When one gun crew was wiped out by a shell Private Sharkey carried on till another shell hit him, refusing to have his wounds attended as every man was wanted at his post.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

7th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons relieved by 5th Fusiliers  At 2:00am on the 7th November the Regiment was relieved by the 5th Fusiliers, reaching it’s bivouac at 6:00am. The losses had been heavy in the first fight. This was largely due to the inadequate protection against shell fire. Captain Hodginson had been mortally wounded, dying the next day, and 20 NCOs and men were killed. Captain Kevill-Davies, Lieut. Talbot and 34 NCOs and men were wounded. The same evening the Brigade moved up to support Lord Cavan’s Brigade, bivouacking near Zillebeke. Lieut-Colonel Smith-Bingham took over temporary command of the brigade, as General Mackins had proceeded to Boulougne owing to illness.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

8th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons in support  At 5:00pm on the 8th November 250 men under Major Mason took over the support and reserve trenches about a mile south east of Zillebeke, but as their services were not necessary, they returned to camp at dawn next day.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

10th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons stand to.  On the 10th the regiment “stood to” at 5:30am, moved up dismounted at 1:00pm, to trenches at Zillebeke, and in the evening to a wood in rear of Lord Cavan’s headquarters, returning to camp at 10:00pm. 2nd-Lieut Horn was wounded by shrapnel in the afternoon.

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

11th Nov 1914 Prussian Guards attempt a break through.  Wednesday 11th November will be remembered as the day when, after terrific artillery fire, the 1st and 4th brigades of the Prussian Guard made an attempt to break through to Ypres. Fifteen battalions, specially brought from Arras, managed to penetrate our line at three points, getting into some woods behind it. In spite of their numbers and fine tradition, the attack failed, however, with great slaughter to the enemy. On that date the 3rd Dragoon Guards “stood to” at 5:30am and moved up to support Lord Cavan at Zillebeke, returning at 9 o’clock in the evening.

The following Army Order issued the next day to the 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Division and 1st and 3rd cavalary Divisions is worthy of reproduction:

“G 983 12th November 1914. The Commander-in Chief has asked me to convey to the troops under my command his congratulations and thanks for the splendid resistance to the German attack yesterday. This attack was delivered by some fifteen fresh battalions of the German Guard Corps which had been specially brought up in which to carry out the task of which so many other corps had failed-viz, to crush the British and force a way through to Ypres. Since it’s arrival in this neighbourhood the 1st Corps, assisted by the 3rd Cavalry Division, 7th Division, and troops from the 2nd Corps, had met and defeated the 23rd, 26th and 27th German Reserve Corps, the 13th Active Corps, and finally, a strong force of the Guard Corps. It is doubtful whether the annals of the British Army contain any finer record than this.

Douglas Haig (Lieut-General commanding the 1st Army Corps)

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

12th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoon Guars at Zillebeke  On the 12th November the 3rd Dragoons moved up again from the bivouac near Halte in support of Lord Cavan’s trenches about a mile due east of Zillebeke, and at 5:00pm went into other trenches about a mile south-east of the village. That night passed quietly. Although an attack was expected at 4:30am, nothing happened till 8:20, when the regiment was subjected to some very heavy shrapnel and rifle fire. When relieved by the Blues at 6:30pm the Regiment had sustained the following casualties: Lieut Talbot, 5 NCOs and men killed and 15 NCOs and men wounded. Lieut Talbot had been previously wounded, when, sitting with his back to the parapet with four men, all five were killed by concussion from a shell which landed nearby.

Extract from ?History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt

1th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoons in Action

29th May 1915 Heavy Fighting

26th Sep 1915 Dismounted Cavalry in Action

28th Sep 1915 On the Move

10th Oct 1915 Recovering from Wounds

17th Nov 1915 Infantry Assault

24th Mar 1918 Cavalry Charge

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during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Flutter Frederick James. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • Goodsell Albert Walter. Private
  • Guiver Thomas. Sgt. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Haigh Francis Edward. Pte. (d.1st July 1915)
  • Keegan James Joseph. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Lavery J.. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Lavery John. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Neville Thomas V.T. Thacker. Capt. (d.13 May 1915)
  • Nicoll Alaxander. (d.13th May 1915)
  • Spensor Bernard. Sgt. (d.17th Nov 1914)
  • Usherwood Frederick. L/Cpl (d.31st May 1915)
  • Wain William. Pte.
  • Wainwright Arthur. (d.6th Nov 1914)

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Capt. Thomas V.T. Thacker Neville 3rd Dragoon Guards (d.13 May 1915)

Thomas V. T. Thacker Neville, Captain 3rd Dragoon Guards was killed near Ypres while in command of his Squadron on Ascension Day, 13th May 1915, Aged 34.

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Pte. William Wain 3rd Dragoon Guards

William Wain was a high experienced soldier serving over 37 years in the Army. Prior to being deployed with the BEF he had seen active service in 6 campaigns the first being in South Africa in 1881 followed by Egypt 1882, Khartoum 1884-1885, Black Mountain Expedition (India) 1887 and the South African War 1889-1902.



Pte. John Lavery 3rd Dragoon Guards (d.6th Nov 1914)

John Lavery died aged 19 whilst serving with the Dragoon Guards, a regular soldier, he had previously served with the Durham Light Infantry. He went to France with the BEF on the 31st of October 1914. John is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

he was born in Jarrow in 1895, he had enlisted in Jarrow and lived Lichfield Nottingham. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as John Lavery, age 16, a Metal Cleaner in an Iron Foundry, a Boarder with the Wallace Family living at 132, Dee Street, Jarrow-on-Tyne.

Vin Mullen


Frederick James Flutter 3rd Dragoon Guards (d.11th Apr 1917)

Frederick James Flutter died 11 Apr 1917 he was a member of the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales Own). He has no known grave and is remembered on Bay 1 of the Arras Memorial. Frederick had joined the Army some years before the war was declared and was stationed in Egypt at the outbreak of hostilities. He went to France and was wounded in Sept 1915 returning to duty in 1916.

Frederick was baptised at Monkton on 14 Mar 1884 the son of Richard Kingston (of Pembroke) & Margaret Jane Flutter(of Leeds) who late in the 19th century held the White Hart Inn Pembroke Street P.D. By 1917 residing at the Green. Richard, his father had been born at Castlemartin 25th Feb 1844 to Charles William & Martha Flutter. Richack Kington Flutter aged 36 a Farmer of Hardings Hill Angle had marrried Margaret Jane Thomas aged 32 of Moreston Farm Monkton the daughter of Thomas Thomas a sadler by licence on the 22 May 1880.

Owen Ap Benfro


Pte. James Joseph Keegan 3rd Dragoon Guards (d.6th Nov 1914)

My dad's cousin, Private James Joseph Keegan, aged 28 (Service N. D/3698)who is buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetry was killed on the 06/11/1914, probably around Ypres. I'm curious to find out any information that might cast some light on what engagement the 3rd Dragoon Guards were involved in on that date in which he met his death

Raymond Owens


Pte. Francis Edward Haigh 3rd Dragoon Guards (d.1st July 1915)

Francis Haigh arrived in the Ypres Salient on 18/5/1915. On the 1st June 1915 he was killed in action; 13 days after joining his unit in the trenches. Apparently on 1st June 1915, there was some heavy shelling of the British front line at Hooge, Belgium. Private Francis Haigh is commemorated with others of the 3rd Dragoon Guards who have no known grave, on the relevant panel of The Menin Gate at Ypres. Rest in Peace.

Alec Young

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