9 February 2014

11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars

This post will look at numbering in the 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars between the years 1881 and 1906. The cavalry regiments were not affected by Cardwell's Army reforms; however, in keeping with the parameters of this blog, my starting point for this post is 1881.

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1958 joined on 10th October 1881
1968 joined on 9th January 1882
2100 joined on 5th February 1883
2295 joined on 11th April 1884
2427 joined on 29th August 1885
2454 joined on 11th March 1886
2655 joined on 7th January 1887
2852 joined on 14th April 1888
3091 joined on 11th October 1889
3200 joined on 26th June 1890
3261 joined on 4th April 1891
3466 joined on 26th February 1892
3627 joined on 31st January1893
3730 joined on 1st January1894
3954 joined on 31st January1895
4099 joined on 22nd September 1896
4146 joined on 1st March 1897
4189 joined on 16th September 1898
4216 joined on 9th February 1899
4351 joined on 9th January 1900
4657 joined on 11th January 1901
4956 joined on 25th March 1902
5183 joined on 1st December1903
5250 joined on 20th February 1904
5596 joined on 20th January 1905
5918 joined on 10th July 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 11th 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
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 also, my posts on numbering in the Corps of Hussars 1907-1914, Queen's and King's Regulations: regimental numbering and cavalry numbering in 1906.

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