The First World War Discover the secrets of your ancestors’ past Brendan Mullins Genealogist Irish Family Research

The 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in 1689. It saw service for three centuries, before being amalgamated into the 5th/6th Dragoons (later the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, then finally the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards) in 1922.

The 'Skins' (as they were known) are one of the four ancestor regiments of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

The regiment was first raised as Sir Albert Cunningham's Regiment of Dragoons in 1689, by the regimenting of various independent troops, and ranked as the 6th Dragoons. It later took the nickname of the "Black Dragoons", and in 1751 was formally titled as the 6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons, later simply the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons.

Arguably one of the most famous cavalry regiments of all time. One of their most notable battles was the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. They also fought with distinction at the Battle of Waterloo in the Charge of the Union Brigade and again during the Crimean War as part of the successful Charge of the Heavy Brigade against superior numbers at the Battle of Balaklava.


The unit served mainly as infantry on the Western Front during the First World War, suffering heavy casualties on the rare occasions it charged as cavalry. With Ireland sliding towards civil war during the post-war period, the regiment was kept in Britain from 1919 onwards, until its 1922 amalgamation with the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) to form the 5th/6th Dragoons.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080118141244/http://www.regiments.org /regiments/uk/cav/D06Innis.htm http://www.inniskillingsmuseum.com/the-inniskilling-dragoons-a-brief-history/

This ten page booklet describes the origins of the regiment and its involvement in two great set piece cavalry actions at Waterloo in 1815 and Balaclava in the Crimean War in 1854.


The regiment’s heavy commitment in the Boer War, 1899-1902 is included.


Finally, the regiment in the First World War and its later amalgamation with 5th Dragoon Guards before conversion to armour concludes the booklet.

The 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons 1689 – 1922 by Richard Bennett http://www.1914-1918.net/dragoons.htm http://www.northirishhorse.net/ww1/6th-inniskilling.html http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/ 6thinniskillingdragoons.php Websites Books Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  2A 1170 http://www.inniskillingsmuseum.com/shop/books/ Available to purchase from - Motto: ‘Inniskilling’