ianw, on 02 March 2012 - 08:13 PM, said:
I think the museum in Newcastle has material on both the 15th and 19th - including pics of my GF that I had never seen before.
As regards books I would also recommend "Hussar of the Line" which is about the 19th H but brilliantly describes the domestic arrangements of any hussar regiment (literally) just before WW1. It closes as the regiment leaves the barracks for war in August 1914.
It really is a good museum, and I'm quite chuffed to have an opportunity to visit again so soon. Good old Harriet! I won't have a lot of time, but if there's anything you want me to look at while I'm there, if I have time I'm more than happy to.
The amalgamation between the two regiments wasn't too happy at first: in the museum is an item which confused me - copy of Standing Orders from about 1935 (in India), in which the regiment is referred to as the 15th The King's Hussars. despite having the elephant badge of the 19th also stamped on the document, it is obviously referring only to the 15th.
I discovered, reading Richard Holmes's last book ("Warriors"?), that the Colonel of the Regiment, Chetwode, an ex-15th Hussar, persuaded george V that the 15th/19th wished to revert to the title of the 15th. The King agreed, and it was sanctioned, only for the 19th's ex-officers to kick off big time, resulting in the King having to reverse the decision after a year or two. Rather fun.
As for the "Hussar of the Line", I have seen a copy for sale in a second-hand shop in Winchester and intend to purchase tomorrow if I can get into town. I've read good reports of it. Interestingly, the 15th and the 19th both spent the war together in the 9th Cavalry brigade (1st Cavalry Division), both having been Divisional Cavalry in 1914. Happy coincidence.