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BillyH

Carabiniers conundrum

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BillyH

I have been looking at a soldier who is shown on his MIC as having only served in the Corps of Dragoons.

The medal rolls shows him as Hampshire Yeomanry - but his medals were issued by the Corps of Dragoons. (Same service number for Corps of Dragoons and Hants Yeomanry)

I have spent some time on the LLT (of course) and I find that the Hampshire Yeomanry were Carabiniers but I also found that the 6th Dragoon Guards were also Carabiniers. I am now thoroughly confused!

I suspect that 'Carabiniers' may have been a term applied to any mounted unit that used Carbines as opposed to rifles, but can anyone explain to me if the Hampshire Yeomanry had any connection to the Corps of Dragoons, or even the 6th Dragoon Guards?

 

BillyH.

 

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Steven Broomfield

The Hampshire Yeomanry were 'Carabiniers', as were the 6th DG. In wartime, both would have recruited into the 'Corps of Dragoons', covering both Dragoon Guards and Dagoons.

 

As far as I'm aware, the 6th DG and the Hants Yeo were the only regiments to have 'Carabiniers' in their title and was purely historic.

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BillyH

Thanks for that. I can now assume he was only in the Hampshire Yeomanry.

 

BillyH.

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