29 December 2012

4th (Queen's Own) Hussars 1881-1906

This post will look at numbering in the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars between 1881 and 1906. The cavalry regiments were unaffected by Cardwell's reforms, the localisation of Infantry of the Line and the pairing of infantry regiments on territorial lines. However, in keeping with the self-imposed parameters of this blog, my starting point is 1881.

The database and information on this blog have been compiled as a result of studying service records in WO 97 (British Army pensions to 1913), WO 363 (WW1 service records) and WO 364 (WW1 pension records). All of these series are now online.

1905 joined on 22nd February 1881
1967 joined on 9th February 1882
2078 joined on 1st January 1883
2153 joined on 5th February 1884
2294 joined on 16th January 1885
2300 joined on 18th March 1886
2570 joined on 17th September 1887
2632 joined on 20th August 1888
2729 joined on 12th September 1889
3006 joined on 22nd November 1890
3056 joined on 10th January 1891
3297 joined on 23rd February 1892
3467 joined on 24th January 1893
3590 joined on 3rd January 1894
3718 joined on 23rd March 1895
3806 joined on 3rd January 1896
4010 joined on 4th February 1897
4081 joined on 7th December 1898
4175 joined on 24th February 1899
4401 joined on 4th January 1900
4444 joined on 6th January 1903
4705 joined on 8th September 1904
4743 joined on 31st August 1905
4768 joined on 3rd May 1906

In December 1906, Army Order 289 changed the numbering for cavalry of the line. Prior to this, all cavalry regiments had numbered individually by regiments. Now, line cavalry and household cavalry were separated; each of the three line cavalry corps – dragoons, hussars, and lancers – beginning a new number series which started at 1 and was to extend to 49,999.

What this meant for the 4th Hussars was that from late December 1906 they began a new number sequence which they shared with the all of the Hussars regiments:

3rd (King's Own) Hussars
4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
7th (Queen's Own) Hussars
8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars
10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars
11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars
13th Hussars
14th (King's) Hussars
15th (King's) Hussars
18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars
19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars
20th Hussars

See my post on numbering in the Corps of Hussars 1907-1914. For further background, also see:

1. Queen's & King's Regulations: regimental numbering
2. Cavalry numbering in 1906

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