5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Korean War Cigarette Cylinder, 1952
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Korean War Cigarette Cylinder, 1952
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Korean War Cigarette Cylinder, 1952
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5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Korean War Cigarette Cylinder, 1952

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Overall: 9.3cm (3.7in) x 11.9cm (4.7in) x 8.1cm (3.2in)

Copper plated steel and silver. Modelled as a 55-gallon fuel drum with hinged opening section applied with officer’s cap badge. Mounted on a wooden plinth applied with a presentation plaque inscribed ‘Lieut-Colonel A. Carr / By / 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards / From his Officers / Korea 1949-1952’.

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Brigadier Arthur Carr, OBE (d.1986) was commissioned into the 5th Royal Innskilling Dragoon Guards before the Second World War and in December 1951 was in command of the regiment when it deployed to Korea to take over the Centurion tanks of the 8th Hussars. As part of the 1st Commonwealth Division the regiment provided fire power support to entrenched infantry and infantry and engineers patrolling and working in no-man’s land. In mid February 5DG made a grand sortie to draw out enemy artillery positions and though troubled by mines, Chinese field artillery, frost bound slopes and shrapnel raking the Centurions, the regiment successfully disclosed a number of enemy positions. Carr’s tenure of command expired in April 1952 and he returned to the UK. Brigadier Carr was an accomplished horseman and one third of the first British equestrian team to win an Olympic medal. With Colonel Henry Nichol and Sir Harry Llewellyn they won bronze in the show jumping team event at the 1948 London Games behind Mexico and Spain. In the individual competition, Carr came 19th on ‘Monty’. He was Regimental Colonel of the Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, 1967-72.