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Kings Dragoon Guards




       The King's Dragoon Guards were part of the Royal Armoured Corps during the Second World War. They served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, landing at Salerno against fierce enemy opposition. They fought through Italy and were the first Allied unit into Naples.


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    Kings Dragoon Guards

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    There are 3 pages in our library tagged Kings Dragoon Guards  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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    Tpr. Robert Fredrick "Scottie" Scott 1st King Dragoon Guards

    My father, Trooper Robert Fredrick Scott, was a prisoner of war in Stalag XV111A. He was taken prisoner on 28th April 1941.He was captured in Greece.

    I have his war diary, entered on the first page is the following info. Regiment 1st Dragoon Guards, Regiment # 7902063, also mentioned in his diary is the following, Royal Armoured Corps, P.O.W. # 4489, 2nd Armoured division, Stalag XV111A (68/6W/231/L/GW). He left England in November 1940 and arrived in Egypt via South Africa 31st December 1940. He left Egypt 8th March 1941 and arrived in Greece 11 March 1941. He was captured and taken prisoner on the 28th of April 1941 and I believe he was moved on to S.Greece, Salonika, Yuogo-slavia, Austria, then back to Yugo-slavia, then returned back to Austria 18 May 1941.

    He left "Blighty" in Nov 1940 and returned to Blighty in May 1945. and a diary though out his time and in the diary are the names and addresses of many other soldiers he spent time with. Like many of his kind he did not talk about his war experiences with his children. Dad died 5 years ago, only now do we realise how much the war affected his health and his mind.

    He did escape the camp the day before it was liberated. He also worked in the fields. Unfortunately, he developed skin cancer in later years as a result of this. I was named after the prisoner he escaped with.

    Ronald Scott



    Walter Frost 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)

    My granddad, Walter Frost, was captured in May 1940. He was in Thorn prison camp and then Marienburg. He was from Gateshead.

    Kev Hedley



    Charles Arthur John Cooke King's Dragoon Guards

    My father was a POW at Tittmoning Castle (Oflag 7D) during WWII. He had served in India.

    Louise Cooke



    Gnr. William Frank Heath Attchd. Queen's Bays Royal Dragoon Guards

    My dad served in many campaigns including El Alamein, where he was a gunner in the tank corps. His regiment was the Royal Dragoon Guards and I believe he was attached to the Queen's Bays.

    Terry Heath



    Lt. Charles Thomas Royal Dragoons

    My grandad was in the 8th Army. He was in the Royal Dragoons, which I think he served with in India prior to the war.

    Martyn



    Sgt. James Joseph Martin MM 1st Btn King's Dragoon Guards

    My father Sgt James Joseph Martin, 1st King's Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps (Luton) was awarded the Military Medal for service in Egypt. The award was posted in the London Gazette of 16th February 1943. Other corps members awarded with him were:
  • Cpl. William Thomas Hadlow (Chatham)
  • Sqd Sgt Mjr. Norman Henry Morgan (London)
  • Sgt. Benjamin Joseph Hogarth (Bradford)
  • Sgt. William Lay (Birmingham).

    He sailed on the HMT California in 1939 and was in a cabin with `Johnson'. He was at Tobruk, El Alamein and Cario and went to Cape Town on the hospital ship Queen Mary in 1943.

    Does anyone know why they received their MMs?

  • Ann Ghailan



    Cpl. William Thomas Hadlow MM 1st Btn. King's Dragoon Guards

    Cpl Hadlow was awarded the Military Medal for service in Egypt. The award was posted in the London Gazette of 16th February 1943. Other corps members awarded with him were:
  • Sgt. James Joseph Martin (Luton)
  • Sqd Sgt Mjr. Norman Henry Morgan (London)
  • Sgt. Benjamin Joseph Hogarth (Bradford)
  • Sgt. William Lay (Birmingham).




  • Sgt.Mjr. Norman Henry Morgan MM 1st Btn. King's Dragoon Guards

    Sqd Sgt Mjr Morgan was awarded the Military Medal for service in Egypt. The award was posted in the London Gazette of 16th February 1943. Other corps members awarded with him were:
  • Sgt. James Joseph Martin (Luton)
  • Cpl. William Thomas Hadlow (Chatham)
  • Sgt. Benjamin Joseph Hogarth (Bradford)
  • Sgt. William Lay (Birmingham).




  • Sgt. Benjamin Joseph Hogarth MM 1st Btn. King's Dragoon Guards

    Sgt Hogarth was awarded the Military Medal for service in Egypt. The award was posted in the London Gazette of 16th February 1943. Other corps members awarded with him were:
  • Sgt. James Joseph Martin (Luton)
  • Cpl. William Thomas Hadlow (Chatham)
  • Squad Sgt.Mjr Norman Henry Morgan (London)
  • Sgt. William Lay (Birmingham).




  • Sgt. William Lay MM 1st Btn. King's Dragoon Guards

    Sgt Lay was awarded the Military Medal for service in Egypt. The award was posted in the London Gazette of 16th February 1943. Other corps members awarded with him were:
  • Sgt. James Joseph Martin (Luton)
  • Cpl. William Thomas Hadlow (Chatham)
  • Sgt. Benjamin Joseph Hogarth (Bradford)
  • Squad. Sgt Mjr Norman Henry Morgan (London)




  • Robert Gallagher 1st King's Dragoon Guards

    The only thing I have of my grandfather, Robert Gallagher's, military service is this photo of him with his unit. On the back of the photo is written: "1st King's Dragoon Guards, Nov 22 1940." He is 2nd row, 3rd from right.

    I do not know his service number or rank. His medals were lost after he passed. All I know for sure is he served in North Africa and survived the war. He passed in November 1972. I am posting this hoping that some of these brave soldiers are still with us and also that others might find their relative in this photo.

    N. Moorhead









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