5 August 2010

Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) 1908-1914


This post will look at numbering in the Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) between 1908 and 1914.

The regiment started numbering from 1 in April 1908, those men transferring from the Hampshire Imperial Yeomanry being issued with new numbers (although their original numbers, neatly crossed out) appear on many attestation papers . The majority of 1908 enlistments were men who had formerly served in the Imperial Yeomanry. For example, Albert Charles Blanchard who was given the number 24 was originally number 880 and had enlisted in 1901.

The regiment was headquartered at Winchester and formed part of the 1st South Western Mounted Brigade. Its four squadrons were disposed as follows:

A Squadron: Portsmouth
B Squadron: Winchester
C Squadron: Southampton
D Squadron: Bournemouth

The regiment raised two reserve battalions during the First World War. The 2/1st Battalion was formed in October 1914 and remained in the UK until May 1918 when it moved to Ireland. The 3/1st was formed in 1915 as a training unit and never went overseas. All of the numbers and dates below are taken from surviving service records in the WO 363 and WO 364 records' series at the National Archives, and also on-line through Ancestry.

492 George Lester joined on 17th February 1909
578 John Henderson Sparkman joined on 10th March 1910
668 Henry Bundy joined on 7th April 1911
749 Stewart Allin joined on 23rd January 1912
812 Ralph Norris joined on 16th January 1913
950 William Jennings joined on 24th March 1914
988 Reginald Maynard joined on 7th August 1914
1145 Philip Berry joined on 17th September 1914
1235 William Burleton joined on 5th October 1914
1383 Alfred Butler joined on 9th November 1914
1527 Jack Bartlett joined on 14th December 1914

For more information on this regiment see the Hampshire Yeomanry Wikipedia page and also The Long, Long Trail.

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