14 June 2014

Lancashire Hussars 1908-1914

This post will look at numbering in the Lancashire Hussars between 1908 and 1914.

The regiment started numbering from 1 in 1908 although the majority of enlistments that year were men who were already serving with the Lancashire Hussars Imperial Yeomanry. For instance, 107 John Byron joined the Lancashire Hussars on the 21st April, indicating that he was already serving with the Lancashire Hussars IY. His Imperial Yeomanry number - 314 - appears on his attestation paper but has been crossed out. Two pages in, we see that he originally joined the Imperial Yeomanry ten years earlier on the 2nd January 1898 and had risen to the rank of sergeant by 1908.

By 1914 the Lancashire Hussars was headquartered at Prince Albert Road, Liverpool. A Squadron was at Ashton-in-Makerfield with drill stations at Wigan and Liverpool. B Squadron was at St Helens, C Squadron at Newton-Le-Willows and D Squadron at Rainhill. The regiment was attached to the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade for training.

107 joined on 21st April 1908
404 joined on 2nd February 1909
520 joined on 2nd April 1910
675 joined on 8th February 1911
742 joined on 3rd January 1912
774 joined on 29th January 1913
898 joined on 14th January 1914
990 joined on 28th August 1914
1170 joined on 7th September 1914

Two reserve units, the 2/1st and 3/1st, were formed during the First World War and both drew their numbers from the same series above.

 I found the image on this post on a great little site: The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Archives Project. It depicts 2Lt Geoffrey Langton Pilkington of the Lancashire Hussars.

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