You are not logged in.
.6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) in the Great War - The Wartime Memories Project -

The Wartime Memories Project

- .6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) during the Great War -

Great War>Allied Army
skip to content

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to accept cookies.

If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.

    Site Home

    Great War


    Add Stories & Photos


    Allied Army

    Day by Day

    War in the Air

    Prisoners of War

    War at Sea

    Training for War

    The Battles

    Those Who Served


    Civilian Service

    Women at War

    Life on Home Front

    Central Powers Army

    Central Powers Navy


    World War Two


    Add Stories & Photos

    Time Capsule


    Help & FAQ's

    Our Facebook Page




    Contact us

    Great War Books



World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great

.6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)

If you can provide any additional information, please add it here.

Want to know more about .6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)?

There are:6931 pages and articles tagged .6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) available in our Library

Those known to have served with

.6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Biggs H.. Lt.
  • Collins William Victor. Pte. (d.21st June 1917)
  • Doyle Joseph. Pte.
  • Hawkins Lionel Hope. Lt. att. 6th Dragoon Guards (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Head Robert Arthur. L/Cpl. (d.31st Oct 1914)

All names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

Looking for help with Family History Research?   

Please see Family History FAQ's

We are unable to provide individual research free of charge, but do offer a paid service at competitive rates, the small profit from these services will be put towards the costs of keeping this website running. For more information please see our Research Services Leaflet

Can you help?

The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors.

If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.

If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.


  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 18 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates, add a comment or ask a question.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.

Feb 2018

    Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 239080 your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.


L/Cpl. Robert Arthur Head 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) (d.31st Oct 1914)

Robert Arthur Head was killed in action on 31st October 1914. He enlisted in the 13th Hussars on 15th February 1911 and was discharged by purchase on 4th of February 1913. Robert re-enlisted in the 6th Dragoon Guards on 26th November 1913.

Enquiry on his death reads: 353 Pte E T Webb 6th Dragoon Guards "On the night of 31st October 1914 I was in a trench with L'Cpl Head, during a lull in the German attack I heard Capt. Hartley ask him if he knew where the trench of A Squadron was. He replied that he did, as he had been there the evening before. Capt Hartley asked him if he would go and try to find out if the trench was still intact. He said he would, about 2 minutes after he left fresh parties of the enemy advanced up the ledge between A and C Squadron trenches. I never saw him again."



Lt. Lionel Hope Hawkins att. 6th Dragoon Guards Kings Dragoon Guards (d.31st Oct 1914)

Lieutenant Lionel Hope Hawkins, of the 1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards, was attached to the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) when he was killed during the fighting for Messines on 31st of October 1914. Captain P. M. A. Kerans, the Adjutant of the Carabiniers, wrote to the parents of Lieutenant Hawkins and described the circumstances in which their son had died:

“It appears that after the enemy had penetrated our line a party was observed by him approaching the trench which he held with his troop. He ordered fire to be opened on them, but they shouted – ‘Don’t fire, we are the Scottish,’ and he ordered his men to cease fire, and himself bravely, but incautiously, got out of his trench and went towards them. He had gone about 30 yards when the Germans – for it was the Germans and not the London Scottish – opened fire, and he was seen to fall. Two men went out and brought him back to the trench, and it was seen he was badly wounded in the right side. He was removed to a place of comparative safety, but died soon afterwards.”

After Hawkins had died, it was reported that his body had been left by a fence on the edge of a wood by his soldiers, who were unable to carry him back any further as they were under fire and had been ordered to retire. They had covered him with a blanket before leaving. Lieutenant Hawkins was aged 28 when he was killed and was the son of Mr J. T. and Mrs M. H. Hawkins, who lived at 90 Drayton Gardens in London. Lieutenant Hawkins is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.


Pte. William Victor Collins 6th Dragoon Guards (d.21st June 1917)

I don't really have much of a story about my grandfather, Pte William V Collins, who died on 21st June of 1917. What I do have is a lot of correspondence, acquired by Ancestry et al, from my great-grandfather, Frederick Stephens, to the War Office and latterly to William's CO, asking for his help in getting into contact/support some money out of him to support his daughter.

Marrying my grandmother in February 1914, he instantly decamped from London to Glasgow, where he enlisted in the 6th DG, having lied about his place of birth. His daughter, my mother, was born on July 31st of that year - an enforced/shotgun marriage, then. William nevertheless served, without distinction, until his death in action on 21st June 1917.

He had been coerced into returning to England to visit his wife and daughter, who was then around three years old. She remembered him as a tall man with pock-marked features, who cut her on the leg with his spur when he picked to her up. She bore the clearly-visible scar until she died.

As for the circumstances of my grandfather's last action ....Where? I don't know. How? I don't know that either. And I've never been able to find out. I'd be very happy to enter into communication with anybody who can tell me where the 6th DG were operating on 21st June 1917. We've paid him a visit, the Guerard-le-Templeux Northern extension military cemetery where he lies, but there is a great lack of any information about his unit from the time of his death in action.

Terry A de C Foley


Lt. H. Biggs DCM. 6th Dragoon Guards

I acquired two named grouping's of 2 different Soldier's of Great Britain, within a trade Deal where I sold a pick-up truck. The first being a Lieut H. Biggs, he was a member of the 6th Dragoon Guards and also the Queens 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooter's). I've been trying to research and realized he was a great man and soldier. I've also been looking through many regimental group images, to maybe locate a image of this man,to be added to his great military grouping of awards and decoration's. Before acquiring these grouping's, I didn't realize how special these are to hold. Many write-up's, of one or both of these 2 hero's occurred in the London Gazette, and other publication's, regarding this man. His decorations, were preserved in a display case with another man's, Sjt. J Arthur, who was a member of the Cameron Highlander's. In attempting to research, I discovered when this man earned his DCM's, via write up in London Gazette, on June 23rd,1915.

Maybe through this wonder site, I could possibly make contact with a family member of one of these soldier's. I am an American, and before this, I love researching our war of the State's, WW1 and WW2. Now, I'm finding a love for the British Conflict's, through earlier generation's. If any fellow history buff, finds they have a image of one of these 2 hero's, please feel free to contact me, I'd love to view it, if you didn't mind sharing. I also thank these fine folk's who hold the men of these conflict's, in such high regard. Many Thanks.

Timothy Alden


Pte. Joseph " " Doyle 6th Dragoon Guards

This is my grandfather. Like so many men of his time they gave so much. And, as we get on, they will be forgotten. So that the next generation can learn we must preserve their memory or it will be lost. Keep up the good work it not easy

Kevin Doyle

Want to know more about .6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)?

There are:6931 pages and articles tagged .6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) available in our Library
  These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Recomended Reading.

Available at discounted prices.


    Suggest a link

    The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.

    This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.

    If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.

    Hosted by:

    The Wartime Memories Project Website

    is archived for preservation by the British Library

    Website Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVIII
    - All Rights Reserved