3rd Dragoon Guards

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3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards)
Active 1685-1922
Country  Kingdom of England (1685–1707)
 Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1800)
 United Kingdom (1801–1922)
Branch Army
Type Line Cavalry
Role Cavalry
Size One regiment
Garrison/HQ RHQ
Motto Ich Dien (I Serve)
March Quick - God Bless the Prince of Wales
Slow - Men of Harlech

The 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in 1685. It saw service for three centuries, before being amalgamated into the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards in 1922.

The regiment was first raised as the Earl of Plymouth's Regiment of Horse in 1685, by the regimenting of various independent troops, and ranked as the 4th Regiment of Horse.

In 1746 it was ranked as the 3rd Dragoon Guards, and formally titled in 1751 as the 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards.

Shortly thereafter, in 1765, it took the title 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards, for the future George IV.

After service in the First World War, it retitled as 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's) in 1921, and was amalgamated with the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards the following year.

Battle honours[edit]

The regiment was awarded the following battle honours:

  • Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Warburg, Beaumont, Willems, Talavera, Albuhera, Vittoria, Peninsula, Abyssinia, South Africa 1901-02
  • The Great War: Ypres 1914 '15, Nonne Bosschen, Frezenberg, Loos, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Avre, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18

Former names of the regiment and some Colonels[edit]

1685 4th Regiment of Horse[edit]

Cornelius Wood memorial, Wood's Horse

1746 3rd Regiment of Horse[edit]

1751 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards[edit]

1765 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards[edit]

1921 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's)[edit]

1922 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards[edit]

after the regiment was amalgamated with the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)

References[edit]

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