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.4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)

29th Apr 1914 Patrol

22nd Aug 1914 The Battle of Mons

24th Aug 1914 Cavalry Charge

24th Aug 1914 4th Dragoons at Audregnies  Two days after the encounter at Casteau, on the 24th of August, the 4th Dragoon Guards were heavily involved in the rearguard action at Audregnies after the battle of Mons. Part of B Sqn took part in a charge with the 9th Lancers and other dismounted parts of the regiment defended the village of Audregnies with the infantry. Pte AH Page was killed that day and lies in the graveyard in the nearby village of Elouges. This was the beginning of the Retreat from Mons, and it was not until the 28th of August that the regiment reassembled at Le Plessis Patte d'Oie.

24th Aug 1914 Charge at Audregnies

13th Sep 1914 In Action

20th Oct 1914 Entrenching

31st Oct 1914 In Action

19th Nov 1914 Paying Dearly

19th Dec 1914 Football

9th May 1915 9th Lancers in the trenches

6th June 1915 Memorial service

16th February 1917 Appointments and inspections

16th June 1917 Pioneers setting up and move

17th June 1917 Church services and Pioneer Battalion action

18th June 1917 Exercise and routine

20th June 1917 Routine and Pioneers Works in front line

21st June 1917 Routine and Pioneer actions

22nd June 1917 Further Casualties in Pioneer Battalion

23rd June 1917 Routine and ongoing Pioneers Activities

24th June 1917 Musketry course and Pioneer activity

25th June 1917 Final Assault Course and Pioneer Activities

26th June 1917 Routine and Casting Inspection. Pioneer work continues

27th June 1917 Routine and Pioneer work and move

28th June 1917 Routine

29th June 1917 Routine and Pioneers inspection

30th June 1917 Routine and Ongoing Pioneer activity

1st July 1917 Routine and Pioneer Activity

2nd July 1917 Routing and Ongoing Pioneer Activity

3rd July 1917 Routine and Pioneer activity

4th July 1917 Routine and Inspection with Pioneers to new billets

5th July 1917 Routine and Pioneers Activity

6th July 1917 Routine and further Pioneering work

7th July 1917 

8th July 1917 Routine and Pioneer working parties

9th July 1917 Routine and Unit Moves

10th July 1917 Routine and Working Parties Activity

11th July 1917 Routine and Working Parties Activity

12th July 1917 Hotchkiss Courses and Working Party Activity

13th July 1917 Routine Working Parties and movement orders

14th July 1917 Routine and rejoin of working parties

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Tpr. Richard Ernest Bryant 4th Irish Dragoon Guards

Dick Bryant joined the Irish Dragoon Guards around 1911 at Preston Barracks and with regiment was part of the BEF. He was in Captain Hornby's section at the Battle of Mons on 22nd of August 1914 when they were the first British troops to engage the German Troop of Uhlans.

He was gassed and badly wounded in 1917 at Arras while a mounted runner - needing a metal plate in his skull. He received an honourable discharge in 1920 and eorked for Southern Railway after the war as a ticket collector. He died in Horsham in 1923 of TB.

Neil Bryant


Pte. Harry Barnett 4th Dragoons Guards

Harry Barnett enlisted Swansea 30 April 1913. 8091 Private 7th dragoon guards. He went to France with BEF, now he's with the 4th dragoons guard m.g.c 51358 dragoons of the line. I have a couple of pages of his experience of modern war fare. He told me a few things, he was gassed but put a sock in a puddle then held over mouth. His best friend was shot in the head by a sniper, he died right by his side. He once was out in no mans land, he pretended to be dead, and lay still for hours before creeping back to the line. His first action was a shell exploding in yard where horses and men were. He helped pick up pieces of horses and limbs of men. Harry had seen terrible things, men burned and laying dead.I n one village, the mayor was caught giving positions of troops to Germans, he was shot. His only war wound was a black toe nail, his horse stood on his big toe. Other things you do not hear about, the Germans left diseased women in towns and villages, so troops were warned not to touch. I can not tell all, it needs an expert to work out where he went, in one paragraph he mentions a coal box, I later found out it was a German shell. Harry survived the war and lived to 89. He only once mentioned firing his machine gun, he said the officer said looking through field glasses, "There's Gerry let them have it", and holding his hands up holding the gun he gestured firing. He gave the impression what a grim and awful waist of life, it all was and never felt comfortable talking about it. His medals look like they have not seen the light of day for years, his Mons star ribbon is still on the card.

Alan Barnett


Lt.Gn. Adrian Carton VC, DSO. 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He received the Victoria Cross when he was 36 years old, and a lieutenant-colonel in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) attached to the Gloucestershire Regiment, commanding the 8th Battalion, on 2/3 July 1916, at La Boiselle, France:

"For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and determination during severe operations of a prolonged nature. It was owing in a great measure to his dauntless courage and inspiring example that a serious reverse was averted. He displayed the utmost energy and courage in forcing our attack home. After three other battalion Commanders had become casualties, he controlled their commands, and ensured that the ground won was maintained at all costs. He frequently exposed himself in the organisation of positions and of supplies, passing unflinchingly through fire barrage of the most intense nature. His gallantry was inspiring to all."

S. Flynn

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