Southport Visiter, June 17th 1858
VISIT OF THE LANCASHIRE HUSSARS TO SOUTHPORT
Southport during the past week has been under, “military occupation.” abeit far more lively than is usually understood by that expression.
On Saturday last at 4pm under the command of Sir Robert GERARD Bart of Garswood they entered the town for the accustomed, 8 days drill. They entered the town from the new Scarisbrick Rd, having concentrated from their several residencies at Ormskirk.
The Lancashire Hussars are known as crack corps, established by Sir John GERARD, and have the reputation of numbering in their ranks, clever and experienced soldiers.
Last year they escorted the Queen into Manchester on her visit to the, Exhibition of Art Treasures, in June.
The men are well mounted, having horses of a very superior class.
The corps consist of three troops, one in Ashton-in-Makerfield, one in St Helens and the other Liverpool, they number about 150.
The head quarters are at the Victoria Hotel, the Liverpool [ C Troop] under Capt LOCH are stationed at the Scarsbrick Arms, host Mr STOCKER, the band at the Bold Arms, the remainder of the men billeted at various inns.
Sir Robert, belonged to the, “Regulars,” and has the advantage of soldiers who have, “seen some service.”
The portly and jovial, Mr Charles ROBINS, who presides over the band, served in the Affghanistan Campaign, in the 3rd Kings own, Light Dragoons, and wears 2 medals, one bearing the inscription, ”Cabul 1842,” and the other, for long service and good conduct.
The Regimental Sgt Major SHIRLEY, served in the 11th Hussars, Sgt Major HALL in the Enniskillens, Sgt DAPPLYN in the Royal Dragoons, Sgt HOGAN in the 6th Carabineers, Cpl DUGGAN served 18yrs in the army and has a Crimean medal with clasps for, Alma, Balaklava and Sebastopol, he was wounded in the Balaklava charge.
Farrier – Major MADDOCKS has been connected to the Royal Artillery, Cpl PENNINGTON with the Life guards, Trumpeter GLEESON with the 12th Lancers, Trumpeter SMITH with the 11th Hussars and has a Bhurtpore medal and Private KEATING the 11th Hussars.
The gallant Colonel, with a view to encouraging proficiency in ball practice, offers, annually, a prize for the best shot.
The troops compete between themselves and each troop selects its champion to contend for the honourable distinction.
Private John PENNINGTON, of Capt GERARD’S, A Troop
Sgt James UNSWORTH, of Capt ANDERSON’S, B Troop
Private James FRANKLIN, of Capt LOCH’S, C Troop
The prize, a silver medal, was won by Private John PENNINGTON, the other competitors received bronze medals, a money prize was awarded to Private John SIMM.
The review will take place tomorrow, the reviewing officer will be, Col MC MAHON of the 5th Dragoon Guards at present stationed in Manchester.
Names of officers and men at present serving with the regiment :-
Col Sir Robert GERARD Bart
Capt Frederick GERARD
Lieut Lord Otho FITZGERALD
Regt Sgt Major SHIRLEY
Troop Sgt Major HALL
Farrier Major Samuel MADDOCKS
Sgt Thomas DAPPLYN
Sgt John RIGBY
Sgt Thomas JONES
Cpl Peter JENKINS
Cpl Frank PENNINGTON
Cpl James WILCOCK
Trumpeter Thomas GLEESON
Farrier George CUNCLIFFE
Sgt Nicholas HORAN
Sgt James UNSWORTH
Cpl John DUGGAN
Cpl James KELSHALL
Trumpeter Henry SMITH
Farrier John CUNLIFFE
Sgt Benjamin BARNETT
Sgt Matthew JERVIS
Cpl William HEATON
Cpl Thomas BRERETON
Thomas L. ROGERS
Thomas B. WILKINSON
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