Lancashire Hussars

Lancashire Hussars

Southport Visitor

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.


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

PIGOTT, Billinge

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

Troop B


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 Review

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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