Sat May 25th 1850
The past week in Southport has been a busy one, rife with excitement. A well appointed body of men drawn out in martial array and executing their various manoeuvres upon the promenade and shore and the strain of beautiful music swelling upon the breeze, have drawn all of Southport and more.
The Review has been, marches and counter-marches, sword exercises and skirmishing, each in their turn have been the order of the day. In addition there have been minor exercises, parades and the stables to attend to.
On Sunday morning the troops were marched to Trinity Church and the Catholic Chapel, headed by the band, in the afternoon the band played in front of the Victoria Hotel.
The Authority for raising the Lancashire Hussars was obtained in August 1848, the government in part pay for their outfit and pay for eight days a year. Sir John GERARD Bart at his own expense provides swords and belts etc of the most superior kind. He also pays the Band Master and members of the band.
TROOP and OFFICERS
Major Sir John GERARD Bart, Commanding, New Hall Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Capt YATES [on sick leave] Eccleston Rectory
Lieut Lionel STANDISH [on leave]
Lieut T. D. B. D’ARCY [on leave]
Cornet W. E. HUGHES
Non commissioned Officers
Regt Sgt Major John PORTEUS Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Troop Sgt Major George HARRIOTT, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Sgt John KNIGHT, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Sgt William ASHTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Cpl William UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Cpl BenedictTURNER, Aspull nr Wigan
Lance Cpl Abel PENNINGTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Lance Cpl William PENNINGTON, Woodhead nr Newton
Band master Charles ROBINS, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
George CUNLIFFE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry ADAMSON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John ASHCROFT, Aspull
Peter BOARDMAN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Richard BOON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Isaac BRIDGES, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Benjamin BLINSTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John BURGES, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas BROOMHEAD, Aspull
Peris BROOMHEAD, Aspull
Thomas BRETHERTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James CLARKE, Snr Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James CLARKE Jnr, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
William CLARKE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry DUCKWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Joseph DUCKWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James DAPLIN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Peter ELLIOTT, Aspull
James FAIRCLOUGH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John FAIRCLOUGH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry FAIRCLOUGH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James GASKELL, Billinge
Peter GIBBONS, Dounal Green, Billinge
John HODGKINSON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
William HOWARTH, Ince Wigan
James HOWARTH, Ince Wigan
William HIGGINSON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James HARDMAN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Peter JENKINS, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas JONES, Aspull
James KELSALL, Billinge
Thomas LUCAS, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Peter LOWE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Mathew LOWE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry LEAKE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John LUNT, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Abraham LYMER, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas MARTLEW, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Richard MASON, Aspull
Daniel MURRY, Aspull
James ORMROD, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry PENKETHMAN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John PENNINGTON Sen, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John PENNINGTON Jnr, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Bryan PENNINGTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John PARKINSON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Jacob PIMBLETT, Edge Green, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Robert PRESTON, Wigan
Moses PYTHIAN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John ROSE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John RIGBY, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Samuel REEVES, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas RIMMER, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James SIMM, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John SHEPHERD, Aspull
Thomas SOUTHWORTH, Aspull
David SMALLEY, Aspull
David SUTTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Frederick SUTTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry THOMASON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Abraham TURTON, Wigan
Edward TAYLOR, Billinge
Henry UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
James UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Robert UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Joseph UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Richard UNSWORTH, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John WATKINSON, Billinge
William WISWELL, Billinge
James WILCOCK, Billinge
Paul WALMSLEY, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Isaac WORRALL, Aspull
Lieut Frederick GERARD, Aspull House, nr Wigan
Non Commissioned officers
Sgt Thomas PALMER, Ormskirk
Sgt Thomas FOSTER, Bickerstaffe
Sgt George BRETHERTON, Liverpool
Sgt A. G. HAIL / HALL ?, Liverpool
Cpl James LEATHAM, St Helens
Cpl Henry H. PYE, Ormskirk
Cpl James UNSWORTH, Aspull
Cpl Benedict PROCTOR, Liverpool
K. ALLWRIGHT, [trumpeter], Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas ARNOLD, Windle
Altherster ASPINALL, Liverpool
M. Henry ASHCROFT, Liverpool
Benjamin BARNETT, Liverpool
Thomas BOARDMAN, Windle
Francis BATH, Liverpool
John BATH, Liverpool
Thomas BROWN, St Helens
William BIRCHALL, St Helens
Robert BUTLER, St Helens
Charles BARROW, St Helens
Walter BEATTIE, Windle
Henry BOLENO, Liverpool
Thomas BRIDGE, St Helens
Thomas BRINDLE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry John BRINDLE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
John CLOUGH, Windle
William COLE, Liverpool
Joseph CHALLENOR, Liverpool
John CURRIE, St Helens
William CARLOSS, St Helens
Charles FARMER, Liverpool
John FOSTER, St Helens
Henry FAIRHURST Snr, Windle
Henry FAIRHURST Jnr, St Helens
John GORSUCH, Liverpool
James GLOVER, St Helens
James Hugh GLOVER, Liverpool
John GORSE, Ormskirk
Edward GORSE, St Helens
Henry HARTSHORNE, Liverpool
George HOUGHTON, St Helens
-------- HOPKINS, Liverpool
William JORDAN, Liverpool
Charles LOWCOCK, Liverpool
Samuel LEATHWOOD, Liverpool
Henry William LYNESS, Liverpool
David LEYLAND, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Joseph LEYLAND, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Jabez LEYLAND, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry LOWE, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Thomas LOMAX, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
William MAYBRICK, Liverpool [I wonder any connection?]
Patrick MCKIGGEN, St Helens
Samuel MADDOX, St Helens
William MOSS, Aintree
Adolphus MOBART, St Helens
James ORMSHAW, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry OWEN, Liverpool
Thomas PEMBERTON, Liverpool
William PARR, Windle
Samuel POSTLETHWAITE, Liverpool
Banks PENNINGTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Henry PENKETHMAN, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
George RIPLEY, St Helens
Joseph RIGBY, St Helens
James SUMNER Snr, Windle
James SUMNER Jnr, Windle
William SUMNER, Windle
Henry SMITH, Liverpool
Charles SWIFT, Windle Moss
James SWIFT, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Robert SEPHTON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Robert TONGUE, Liverpool
Peter TAYLOR, Aintree
John THOMAS, Liverpool
Henry THOMASON, Ashton-in-Mackerfield
Joseph VALENTINE, Ormskirk
Alexander WHITE, Liverpool
James WARD, Liverpool
Richard WHITFIELD, St Helens
John WOODS, Wigan
Peter WEBSTER, Windle
The troops were reviewed by Lieut Col ARTHUR of the 3rd Dragoon Guards and Major Sir John GERARD Bart on Thursday, and we have no fear of contradiction in stating that no such an assemble of persons was never congregated in Southport or the neighbourhood before.
Up to noon and long after, hundreds of thousands of people arrived by every conveyance, and the numbers by railway exceeded those before experienced.
By 1pm there was no less than 10,000 people present and vehicles of every description, private carriages, gigs, whitechapels, farmer's carts, and useful donkey carriages a conveyance popular in the area.
Refreshments of every kind were on sale and in great demand.
The following are the evolutions performed by the troops which we present through the kindness of Sir John GERARD and we must thank Sgt Major PORTEOUS for furnishing us with such valuable information.
1, Advance in open column from the left.
2, Form line to the right in the new alignment.
3, Change front to left.
4, By threes, change position, left back.
5, Advance in echelon from the left.
6, Change front to the right, squadron, right wheel.
7, Form line on the 3rd squadron.
8, Advance in double columns from the centre.
9, Form line to the right.
10, Troops right wheel.
11, Form line to the rear on the 2nd squadron.
12, Close column on the 2nd squadron, right in front.
13, Attack by squadrons in succession.
14, Take ground to the right.
15, Advance in open column.
16, Wheel into line, attack by squadron from the left.
17, Open column of troops from the right in succession by the rear.
18, Enter new alignments to left, forming two lines.
10, First line attacks, and retire in open column from the right.
21, Form line.
22, Attack in line and retire by alternate troops.
23, General salute.
Not being adept in the art of warfare we cannot give an opinion on the skill displayed, but we heard two old soldiers, saying the various movements were creditable, as was the opinion of Lieut Col ARTHUR.
Sir Thomas HESKETH Bart and other gentlemen of the town messed with Sir John and others in the evening.
Yesterday morning at 8am the troops assembled and shortly afterwards marched out of the town to the usual, and appropriate air of, “The girl I left behind me.”
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