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29-04-2007, 10:52 AM
I do not know what uniform this is or date

Can anyine help thank you

29-04-2007, 3:54 PM
Hi Margaret,
The tunic looks like the 8th Hussars of about 1890 but I'm not sure if the hat is right.

Cheers Jeremy

29-04-2007, 5:01 PM
Check out this site: http://www.hussards-photos.com/UK_home.htm - it may help...


29-04-2007, 9:43 PM
Do you have a name to go with the photo Margaret?
I agree with the others, it looks like a hussar uniform, maybe from around 1890s/turn of the century.

If you look at the site that Debbie recommended, you can eliminate some regiments straight away.
8th, 10th, 11th & 18th Hussars had bi-coloured busby plumes, which your man doesn't.
13th Hussars had a distinctive white collar and a white busby bag
19th Hussars had a white busby bag

All these can be eliminated I reckon.

30-04-2007, 7:22 AM
Thankyou the only thing I can add to that photo is that th man was born in 1882 Edmonton Middlesex his name was George William Poole and on the photo it say the Curragh which I beleive is in Ireland.


30-04-2007, 1:16 PM
This is interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curragh_Incident - it refers to the Curragh as the main base for British troops in Ireland. He might have been stationed there...


30-04-2007, 1:30 PM
"During the early 19th century it became the practice to grant, as an honour, the much coveted title of 'Light Infantry', to regiments which particularly distinguished themselves in action. The 32nd Foot was granted this distinction in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny. This brought changes to the uniform that included the green horse-hair plume, the whistle and chain for the sergeant, and buglers instead of drummers. The bugle badge was now worn."

This is particularly interesting, as the plume in your photo is of a dark color, unlike those in the hussard site I found earlier. Also, the frogging (lace) on the uniform does not appear to be white, so it must be yellow/gold - which distinguishes it as of the regulars, as opposed to the volunteers (as written on the first site).

So, it appears to be the uniform of a member of the regular Hussars Light infantry who was stationed in Ireland. Perhaps there is a way to search for the regiment he was in through his name...


30-04-2007, 1:42 PM
I notice in your photo that he has a full mustache and a slightly receeding hairline. I would place him more in his thirties than twenties or late teens, then. So if this is the man who was born in 1882, this photo may have been taken around 1912 or later. The Curragh Mutiny took place in 1914. Perhaps there is a list somewhere of those who were stationed there at that time? It might be worth looking for...


30-04-2007, 2:31 PM
I was lead to beleive that at one time he was in India. He died in 1948 aged 66. Before this photo of him I have one when he was very young an army photo and that says taken in Houslow Middx


30-04-2007, 2:33 PM
hllo Debbie I was lead to beleive that at one time he was in India. He died in 1948 aged 66. Before this photo of him I have one when he was very young an army photo and that says taken in Hounslow Middx


30-04-2007, 2:51 PM
You could try :-


And check Deployment of each Hussars Regiment


8th (The King's Royal Irish) Hussars

1892 Hounslow
1895 Leeds
1897 Ireland: Cahir
1899 Curragh
1900.02 at sea

It should help you eliminate a number of them.


30-04-2007, 8:03 PM
Do you know where he was in the 1901 census? Just wondering if he was in the military then... Who were his parents?


01-05-2007, 9:20 AM
Hi Debbie I think he was in the army in the 1901 census as I have found his mother and younger brother I can't find him at all on the 1901 census, his mother remarried as she was a widow in the 1891 census. his parents were William and Emma Poole ....

01-05-2007, 10:13 AM
Did George have a relative named Charles? I found a Charles Poole in the 1901 census, age 18, who was a soldier stationed in London with the 4th Middlesex regiment: Class: RG13; Piece: 568; Folio: 136; Page: 28. Maybe a cousin or a brother? Or not?


01-05-2007, 11:28 AM
I am unaware of a Charles Poole, His father came from Haverhill Suffolk also his mother they moved to Edmonton between 1871 and the 1882 census.thankyou.....