THE ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE HUSSARS
The Guidon of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. It bears the battle honours:
South Africa 1900-01 . Gallipoli 1915 . Rafah . Gaza . Megiddo . Palestine 1917-18 . Gubi . Chores Sufan . Bir el Aslagh . Al Amel Halfa . Suvla . Rumani . Egypt 1915-17 . Jerusalem . Damascus . Tobruk 1941 . Sidire Zeghi 1941 . Gazala . Cauldron . W Point 23 . N Africa 1941-42 .
In 1794, the British Prime Minister William Pitt, concerned with the threat of a French invasion, proprosed the raising of volunteer cavalry units around the country. They were to act as local policing and defence force.
In Gloucestershire the first troop was raised by Captain Powell Snell in Cheltenham in 1795. Each man supplied his own horse and was given a sword and a pistol; (each troop also had 12 carbines.) Troops were also raised in Minchinhampton, Wotton-under-Edge, Stow in the Wold, Henbury, Gloucester, Bristol,Stroud and Cirencester.
After the defeat of Napoleon, the troops were disbanded. After civil unrest in 1830 troops were raised in Fairford, Cirencester, Stroud, Tetbury, Bristol and Gloucester. On the 30th March 1834, the commanders of the various troops met at Petty France, near Badminton, and combined to form a single Regiment called the Gloucestershire Yeomanry Cavalry. The Duke of Beaufort was appointed commander of the Regiment.
In 1841 the Regiment was granted the title 'Royal' and in 1846 was renamed the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.
.................................................................Colonel A.J.Palmer, 1902
THE BOER WAR 1899 - 1902
In 1898 the Squadrons were made up of:
'A' Squadron Gloucester and Cheltenham Troop H.Q. at Gloucester
'B' Squadron Badminton and Berkeley Troop Badminton
'C' Squadron Monmouth Newport
'D' Squadron Doddington and Bristol Troop Bristol
Strength 377 men.
In October 1899 the Yeomanry were asked to volunteer for service in South Africa. February 28th 1900 the squadron of 128 men left for Liverpool to board the 'Cymric' for Africa. They were designated the 3rd Company of the 1st Battalion of Yeomanry Cavalry.
were : Captain W.H.Playne
landed at Cape Town on March 19th and went to Maitland Camp. The
first action was near Thaba N'Chu on May 5th when a trooper was
For several weeks they were based at Ladybrand, sending out scouts each day.
In July the Regiment was operating in the Brandwater Basin. More actions followed, including actions at Transfontein, Elands River and Harrismith. In June 1901 the battalion returned to England on the 'Roslin Castle' and the 'Manchester Merchant.'
In the 18 months they were in Africa the 3rd Company had sustained the following casualties:
A.G.HARRIS Killed in Action
Private P.G.HARRIS Killed in Action
Sergeant J.REEVE Died of Wounds
The following men also died:
A.H.JAMES Private H.BROOKES Private
B.HADLEY Private E.HOPE
Private E.C.NEALE Private A.E.STOCKWELL Private D.THOMAS Pte W.WILLIAMS
S.S.M. W.GREGORY was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
July 26th The King, Edward VII, presented medals to 41 officers and men of the 3rd Company.
In April 1901 the Yeomanry were redesignated the 'Imperial Yeomanry' and the khaki uniform was adopted. The traditional uniform was restored a few years later.
Officers Serving December 1901:
Officer: His Grace the Duke of Beaufort, A.D.C.
Adjutant: Major Lord C.C.Bentick (9th Lancers)
Surgeon: Captain H.Bramwell, F.R.C.S., M.D.
Vetinary: Lieutenant J.E.L.Still
Commander: Major H.H.Calvert
Lieutenants : V.W.Yorke, J.A.W.Talbot, Sir C.P.Van Notten-Pole.
2nd Lieutenant : R.C.Forster
Commander: Captain G.F.Henry
Captains: D.B.Lindsay, L.A.Grahame Clarke,D.S.O. T.H.Cardwell
2nd Lieutenant: L.A.Huth
Commander: Major C.Stacey
2nd Lieutenant: H.F.H.Hardy
Commander: Major R.P.Sandeman
Captains: G.J.G.C.Codrington, E.T.Hill
2nd Lieutenant: F.W.L.Tottenham
Machine Gun Section
2nd Lieutenant: H.F.Clifford
THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
was issued for the first time in 1905. It was awarded for 10
years service in the Yeomanry. 49 awards were made to the
No. Rank Name Army Order
100 Corporal A.ADAMS Feb. 1905
11 S.S.M. G.ADAMS Feb. 1905
437 L/Sgt. M.G.L.BAKER Aug. 1905
56 Sergeant A.J.BARNETT Feb. 1905
22 S.Q.M.S. R.C.BASTIN Feb. 1905
82 L/Sgt. A.BEARD Feb. 1905
119 Private C.BISHOP Feb. 1905
51 Sergeant C.BRIDGMAN Feb. 1905
38 S.Q.M.S. A.E.BURROWS Feb. 1905
1059 Private J.CLARKE May 1908
385 Sergeant W.CLARKE Nov. 1907
128 Sergeant S.CODRINGTON Feb. 1905
98 Sergeant R.COX Feb. 1905
39 Sergeant W.J.CYPHER Feb. 1905
29 S.S.M. H.DAVIS Feb. 1905
156 Corporal W.DAVIS Feb. 1905
1066 Corporal C.R.D.DIXON Nov. 1907
655 Private E.L.DONNE Feb. 1905
164 Sergeant R.T.DUNCAN Feb. 1905
115 Trumpeter W.A.DUNCOMBE Feb. 1905
418 Trumpeter A.J.GRIFFIN Aug. 1905
141 Bandsman J.P.HATTON Feb. 1905
638 Private T.C.HIGGS May 1908
224 Sergeant P.HODDELL Feb. 1905
30 Sergeant E.H.HOPKINS Feb. 1905
236 Private W.HUGGINSON Feb. 1905
7 S.S.M. F.W.HUNT Feb. 1905
429 Private C.G.HUTTON Nov. 1907
243 S.Q.M.S. E.P.JARRETT Feb. 1905
235 L/Cpl. E.J.LARNER Feb. 1905
468 Sergeant W.LYONS July 1905
264 Private E.MAIDMENT Feb. 1905
45 Sergeant G.MATHEWS Feb. 1905
598 L/Cpl. E.J.MATTHEWS Feb. 1908
242 S.Q.M.S. M.PEARCE Feb. 1905
4 R.Q.M.S. A.PERRIS Feb. 1905
618 Saddler A.S.PHILLIPS May 1908
547 Private F.PHILLIPS May 1907
496 Private D.PRICE May 1907
297 L/Sgt. J.RUSSELL Feb. 1905
252 Farrier Sgt. A.SPREADBURY Feb. 1905
543 L/Sgt. G.D.THOMAS Feb. 1905
466 L/Sgt. G.TURK Feb. 1906
41 Sergeant A.VIZARD Feb. 1905
19 R.S.M. W.R.WALKER Feb. 1905
34 Sergeant F.WELCH Feb. 1905
344 Sergeant A.M.WILLIAMS Feb. 1905
483 Corporal J.E.WILLIAMS May 1907
565 Private W.J.WILLIAMS Nov. 1907
Coronation of King George V took place on June 22nd 1911. 26 men
of the Regiment were selected to join the 1st Battalion of the
The Yeomanry were positioned along Hyde Park Corner.
Commanding Officer: Major W.H.PLAYNE
G.TURK Corp. F.R.E.KENWARD Pte. G.CORSON
Pte. G.HYATT Pte. P.W.MILLARD Pte. E.ROCK
E.L.DONNE L/Cpl. C.C.GODWIN Pte. J.CROSS
Pte. F.T.T.PARSLOW Pte. J.E.SCARROTT
E.L.DONNE Pte. T.F.CLARKE Pte. E.M.COWLES
Pte. F.DAY Pte. T.JONES Pte. C.PEARCE
W.S.BRACHER Sgt. W.J.YOUNG L/Cpl. J.C.BLANCH
L/Cpl. H.W.FUSSELL Pte. H.S.BOULD Pte. L.G.C.HOLLOWAY
The Coronation Medal was awarded to:
Gallipoli ............ Egypt The Gloucestershire Regiment