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Northumberland Hussars

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       Northumberland Hussars were a mounted unit of the Territorial Force with their HQ at The Riding School, Northumberland Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They were part of the Yorkshire Mounted Brigade. H.Q. and A' Squadrons were based at Northumberland Rd. B Squadron was based at Woodside House, South Shields. C Squadron was based at Fenwick Grove, Morpeth and D Squadron at Causey Hill Farm, Hexham.

    3rd Aug 1914 Northumberland Hussars band at Bowes Museum  On Bank Holiday Monday, the band of the Northumberland Hussars played two well attended concerts in the grounds of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

    Teesdale Mercury

    24th Oct 1914 Territorials in action  During the German push along the Menin Road on the 24th of October 1914, a battalion of the 244th Reserve Infantry Regiment overwhelmed the 2nd Wiltshires in the eastern edge of Polygon Wood, causing heavy casualties. The 2nd Warwickshires and Northumberland Hussars were brought up to reinforce them and the Warwicks were successful clearing the enemy from the wood, an action regarded as the first serious engagement of a Territorial unit in the Great War.

    Holts Battlefield Guide

    25th Oct 1914 In Some Tight Corners

    9th Nov 1914 Home for Christmas?

    13th Nov 1914 Alnwick Men in Belgium

    30th Nov 1914 Patrol Work

    22nd Dec 1914 A Jolly Good Tea

    22nd Feb 1915 A Creepy Job

    16th Mar 1915 Adventures in Flanders

    24th Oct 1917 Attack Made

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    • Barker John. Pte.
    • Jameson George Brumwell. Cpl.
    • Nicholson Edgar. S/Sjt Mjr.
    • Tate Lionel Percy. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)

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    2nd Lt. Lionel Percy Tate 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

    Lionel Tate was known by his middle name, Percy. He was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, on 17th April 1892, the eldest child of Robert William Tate and his wife Emma (nee Stainsby). He attended Chillingham Road school and Skerry’s college in Newcastle and was working as an accounts clerk when he enlisted in the 1st/1st Northumberland Hussars (Territorial Army) on 17th February 1913. His was the first territorial regiment to be sent overseas, they arrived at Zeebrugge on 5th October 1914.

    Percy spent almost the whole war in France, with only a handful of days on leave in England each year. He survived many terrible battles in France, including Ypres and the Somme and rose to the rank of corporal before returning to England to cadet school in December 1917.

    He was appointed to a commission in the North Staffordshire Regiment in May 1918 and returned to serve with them in France. He was killed in action on 4th November 1918 and is buried in the churchyard of Wargnies Le Grand. After surviving so much, serving throughout the war, it is so sad that he died within only a few days of the armistice. This was also a tragedy for his fiancée, Cissy Dryden, who always kept a photo of Percy and never married. Later, she worked in a sweet shop.

    Percy’s brother Lance Corporal Norman Tate, 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on 6th October 1918, commemorated at Vis-En-Artois memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

    Jenny Cowling


    S/Sjt Mjr. Edgar Nicholson DCM Northumberland Hussars

    Edgar Nicholson volunteered to join the Army on 6 January 1897, and was sent to India with 1st Bn Durham Light Infantry. From India, he sailed for South Africa in 1900 on the outbreak of the Boer War, serving right through to the conclusion of hostilities, much of the time as a member of a DLI mounted infantry unit (Burmah Mounted Infantry?). His South Africa medals carry clasps for the Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal and Langs Nek.

    ollowing transfer to the Reserve in 1905, and final termination of engagement in 1909, he joined the Northumberland Hussars to become a member of the Territorial Army, quickly reaching the rank of Sergeant.The Regiment was mobilised upon declaration of war in 1914 and was well established in Belgium by October. He was mentioned in dispatches on 20 November 1914 (during the first battle of Ypres) and again on 14 January 1915(London Gazette, 17 Feb 1915). On 22 March 1917, now in the rank of SSM, he was in command of a "party" sent to protect a detachment of three artillery pieces defending part of the line of the canal at Jussy. He had a company of the 5th Lancers on his right, and a company of the "Scottish Rifles" on his left. The Germans broke through on the left and during the withdrawal he was wounded by rifle fire and evacuated to England for hospitalisation.

    He was exceptionally fortunate in his subsequent lengthy convalescence which was spent at a country house military hospital where his wife was cook and resident there with their small daughter. He did not return to France, but remained with the colours until 20 February 1919.

    David Geeves

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