30 December 2012

7th (Queen's Own) Hussars

This post will look at numbering in the 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars between 1881 and 1906. The cavalry regiments were unaffected by Cardwell's Army reforms; however, in keeping with the 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. Click on the links for further information.

2342 joined on 7th Janruary 1881
2405 joined on 19th December 1882
2406 joined on 2nd March 1883
2546 joined on 13th June 1884
2709 joined on 7th September 1885
2858 joined on 26th January 1886
3153 joined on 22nd January 1887
3320 joined on 17th September 1888
3350 joined on 26th January 1889
3481 joined on 23rd October 1890
3516 joined on 12th January 1891
3675 joined on 13th January 1892
3977 joined on 15th February 1893
4132 joined on 28th March 1894
4215 joined on 23rd October 1895
4231 joined on 30th January 1896
4244 joined on 18th February 1897
4436 joined on 7th November 1898
4590 joined on 31st January 1899
5007 joined on 10th January 1900
5526 joined on 3rd January 1901
5976 joined on 1st January 1902
6679 joined on 21st November 1903
6789 joined on 18th January 1904
6834 joined on 4th October 1905
7045 joined on 2nd April 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 7th 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 my posts on Queen's & King's Regulations: regimental numbering and  cavalry numbering in 1906.

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