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.5th Dragoon Guards (Princess of Wales)

1st Sep 1914 Caught with their Coats Off

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Those known to have served with

.5th Dragoon Guards (Princess of Wales)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ardley Henry. Pte. (d.19th Sept 1914)
  • Blackburne Charles Harold. Lt.Col. 5th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • Brown George. Saddler. (d.10th Jan 1915)
  • Cooper Charles Frederick. Cpl.
  • Cope Edward. Pte.
  • Gillin Frederick William. Pte. Machine Gun Section
  • Lancaster Thomas. Sgt.
  • Matthews Vernon George. Sgt.
  • Norwood John. Cpt. (d.8th Sep 1914)

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Cpt. John Norwood VC 5th Dragoon Guards (d.8th Sep 1914)

Captain John Norwood VC

Captain John Norwood served with the 5th Dragoon Guards and was killed in action on the 8th September 1914, aged 38. He is buried in Sablonnières New Communal Cemetery in France.

He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. John Norwood and husband of Lilian

An extract taken from the London Gazette dated 27th July 1900 records the following: "John Norwood, Lieut. 5th Dragoon Guards. Date of Act of Bravery 30th Oct. 1899. On the 30th Oct. 1899, this officer went out from Ladysmith in charge of a small patrol of the 5th Dragoon Guards. They came under heavy fire from the enemy, who were posted on a ridge in great force. The patrol, which had arrived within about 600 yards of the ridge, then retired a full speed. One man dropped, and Second Lieut. Norwood galloped back about 300 yards through heavy fire, dismounted, and picking up the fallen trooper, carried him out of fire on his back, at the same time leading his horse with one hand. The enemy kept up an incessant fire during the whole time that Second Lieut. Norwood was carrying the man until he was quite out of range"

S Flynn


Cpl. Charles Frederick Cooper 5th Dragoon Guards

Charlie Cooper was my grandfather. He was serving in India when the regiment was recalled and sent to France in August 1914. He was in action at the battle of Mons, La Bassee and Neuve Chapelle, being seriously wounded in the battle at Neuve Chapelle he was invalided back to England. After prolonged hospital treatment, he was discharged as medically unfit for further service. He holds the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory medals. Charlie worked as a painter and decorator until his death in 1954 at Roehamton Hospital and buried at Streatham Vale Cemetery, where buglers of the Royal Horse Artillery, with whom he served in India and France, sounded the Last Post.

Peter Cooper


Lt.Col. Charles Harold Blackburne DSO. 5th Btn. Dragoon Guards (d.10th Oct 1918)

In memory of Lt.Col. Charles Harold Blackburne, DSO, born 20th May, 1876 and Charles Bertram (Peter) his son, born 3rd Sep. 1911 also of Beatrice, his daughter, born 4th June 1907. All of whom lost their lives in the sinking of R.M.S. Leinster by a German submarine on the 10th of October 1918

s flynn


Sgt. Thomas Lancaster Machine Gun Corps

My Grandad Sgt Thomas Lancaster enlisted at Dover on 10th January 1911 and was first appointed to the 5th Dragoon Guards before serving with the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). We believe he served throughout WW1 with the Machine Gun Corps and his discharged papers are dated 9th January 1923 and these state that he was discharged from 1st Kings Dragoon Guards. The discharge papers were signed by the officer i/c Cavalry records at Canterbury.

We are trying to trace his actual service record including where in France/Belgium he served and with which unit. Any assistance anyone could afford us would be most gratefully received.

My Grandfather went onto serve with the British Army during WW2 and although we cannot find out exactly where he served during this time (we believe Dover) he was involved in some form of weapons testing and bomb disposal. He lost the tops of his fingers on one hand as a result. Again any information you might be able to offer would be welcome.

Pauline Danson


Saddler. George Brown 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlottte's Own) (d.10th Jan 1915)

George Brown served with the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte's own). He died in January 1915.

s flynn


Pte. Henry Ardley 5th Dragoon Guards (d.19th Sept 1914)

I have managed to find a lot of documents for my Great Grandpa, Henry Ardley. His attestation, his medical, death, medal receipts. I am trying to find out as much as I can so that I can ensure my children know all about him.

Henry had 3 children, Henry 1911 (my Grandpa), Daisy 1911 and George 1914. George was born just a month before his father was killed in action. My Granpa, Henry -(or Harry as he was nicknamed) died aged 85 and I never got to speak to him about his father, what he knew or anything. It never came up in conversation. It is a shame as I think he would have loved to have learned about the man he lost so young.

One story I enjoyed reading in the documents I have found was the time he was riding down an incline and his horse falling, his right leg got caught in the stirrups - his horse got back up and bolted - dragging him a few yards, they had court papers to enquire into what happened and whose fault it was. Thankfully he was not charged - he was exonerated - as well as having a badly sprained ankle and 20 days in Hospital!

Henry is buried in the Vailly Cemetary in France and I think was in the Battle of Aisne as far as I can determine. There is still more to research and uncover.

Natalie Branch


Pte. Edward Cope 5th Dragoon Guards

Amongst my Grandfather's WW1 documents I have a copy of an Army Form W3288, which is overstamped 5th August 1918 from the Southern General Hospital Records (looks like Stourbridge Saffron, Birmingham):-

Herewith Army Form B.178 (Medical History Sheet)in .....D/7832 Pte Edward Cope 5th D.G..S, Received W Kirkpatrick and signed Cdonce?, dated Canterbury 18.8.18.

I believe my grandfather served on the Somme and at Paschendale and was injured. His horse (14h high) black and called Nigger was also badly injured and died shortly after, despite much veterinary attention.

Perhaps my Grandad wouldn't be classed as a Hero because he survived! However, I strongly believe that anyone who took part in those dreadful battles were Heroes nonetheless!

I have such fond memories of my grandfather and have collected over 50 documents relating to his Army Service dating back to 20/6/1911. I am researching his life as my personal Memorial to him. Edward's eldest son is now 88 years of age and sadly not able to add to Edward's story, but my Uncle (2nd son) at 83 is very excited by everything I find.

Carole Matthews

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