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Monday, July 16, 2012

6th The Carabiniers Dragoon Guard 1847 Pattern Officer's Helmet

6th The Carabiniers Dragoon Guard 1847 Pattern Officer's Helmet
Seen here is a 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) 1847 Pattern Officer’s helmet. Taking the throne in 1685, King James II immediately faced opposition from the Duke of Monmouth, Charles II’s illegitimate son.  James II raised several regiments including the 9th Horse.  The 9th Horse fought with distinction during King William’s Irish campaign of 1691 and earned the title The King’s Carabiniers.  Three times the regiment deployed to Flanders before returning to Ireland in 1713.  Stationed in Ireland meant that a majority of the ranks were filled with Irish Protestants and the regiment was therefore attached to the 3rd Irish Horse.  When the regiment returned to England in 1788, the regiment become the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards and would again see action against the French in the Low Countries before returning to Ireland to
counter French landings and Irish rebellions.   The regiment participated in the Crimean War, the Second Afghan War and the relief of Kimberley during the Boer War.  The regiment was also part of the British Expeditionary Force during World War I.  During the interwar period the regiment was aligned with the 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards.

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