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5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

Last updated: 1 July 2014

Service dress cap badge, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, c1940Service dress cap badge, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, c1940
NAM. 1991-08-181-1

Introduction

In 1922 The Inniskillings (6th Dragoons) and 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) were amalgamated into a single regiment, with the King of Belgium as its first colonel-in-chief. The new unit was at first known as the 5th/6th Dragoons, but in 1927 it became the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, later gaining a 'Royal' prefix in 1935.

The unit finally mechanised with light tanks and troop carriers in 1938 and fought in northern France during the 1940 retreat to Dunkirk. It did not return to action until 1944, landing a little after D-Day, fighting in France, the Low Countries and Germany and reaching Hamburg by the time of the German surrender.

Rosette won at the Imperial Delhi Horse Show by Lt Col L R J C Wilkinson, 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, 1928Rosette won at the Imperial Delhi Horse Show by Lt Col L R J C Wilkinson, 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, 1928
NAM. 1966-12-30-1

The post-war period saw the regiment fighting in Korea, particularly in the defence of the position known as 'the Hook'. It was then posted to Egypt, Aden, Libya, Cyprus, Hong Kong and West Germany.

In 1981 it became the first Irish regiment to deploy to Northern Ireland but, though it began preparing to join the First Gulf War, that conflict came to an end before the unit could be posted there. Soon afterwards, in 1992, the regiment was amalgamated with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards to form The Royal Dragoon Guards.

Key facts

Motto:

  • 'Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum' (meaning 'We Do Not Retreat' - inherited from the 5th Dragoon Guards)

Titles to date:

  • 5th/6th Dragoons
  • 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
  • 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
  • C Squadron, The Royal Dragoon Guards
  The Royal Dragoon Guards
1992-present
 
                                   
         
  4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
1922-1992
  5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
1922-1992
 
                                     
                 
4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards
1685-1922
  7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards
1685-1922
  The Inniskillings (6th Dragoons)
1689-1922
  5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
1685-1922

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1 comment

John.T.Walker
6 September 2013, 8.34pm

As a former soldier of The

As a former soldier of The 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards I found this site very interesting and informative. I thank you all.

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