HI please can someone with more military knowledge than me help me with the history of the hussars.
i am slightly confused with there where abouts.
My husbands great great grandfather was serving with the Hussars , and i am presuming that in 1897 they were stationed in india, as while there they had a son born 1897, on his birth certificate it states father william oakley rank 19th hussars reg no 3182.
Then on the 1901 census, Williams wife Mary and thier son were living back in uk at the canterbury barracks kent.
William can then be found on another census at canterbury barracks but residingseperate from mary. (looks like all the 19th hussars were living together on this census all men)
So my questions are, would William of been in india in 1897, or possible in africa (as i thought thats where the hussars were in 1897) if so was it normal for wifes and families to stay in india and not return to uk.
Would it be possible that when the whole family returned to uk which i am presuming must of been 1900/1901 going by the census info, they would of gone to reside at different quarters on the same barracks.
Sorry but my history is not that good. I have googled and looked on many advised sites, but find i get lost with it all.
Where did the hussars go after 1901?
Icannot find any of them on the 1911 census, but there is a death for awillian oakley in 1903 canterbury. (not sure if this is my william iwill have to get the certificate)
If it was his death it could explain why i can't find mary and albert on 1911 census if she remarried.
He does not appear on any of the boer war medal records that i can see. Was not every soldier in the boer war issued a medal?