Title: Record of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards in the Great War 1914 – 1918
Author: Gibb, Harold
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2002
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 75 pages
Comments: Account of the regiment on the Western Front with service details of every officer, and Roll of Honour.
On the declaration of war the 4th Dragoon Guards were at Tidworth, part of 2nd Cavalry Brigade under command of Brig Gen H. de B. de Lisle. The regiment crossed to France on 15th August and a week later, the day before Mons, made the first contact with the enemy, a cavalry patrol. Corporal Thomas of ‘C’ Squadron fired the first shot by the BEF and Capt Hornby led the first charge, scattering the Germans, sabring several and taking others prisoner.
The regiment remained on the Western Front throughout the war. Thiis volume gives a concise account of the regiment’s experiences without much of the personal reminiscence. There is a useful appendix which gives the service details of every officer with any awards and noting casualties, and another contains the Roll of Honour in which the names are listed alphabetically regardless of rank, and on a year by year basis; the total amounted to 16 officers and 175 other ranks.