Regimental Band

I have updated the pages on the Regimental Band including a new page on Bandmasters.

Regimental Bandmasters

The website has also undergone some further changes due to the website being constantly attacked by spammers. I have had to turn off the comments section on all the pages to stop the attacks and hopefully prevent further insults and other nonsense. I am sorry if that has spoilt the interaction of the website.

As mentioned previously, the forum was also deleted. It was not being used and again it was being abused by the same spammers. I may look to see if there is a more secure forum available but that may be in the future?  If you think you would use it let me know.

I am now hoping to add items to the store, these will be limited initially to see if they are needed as I feel the shopping side of life is pretty much covered by the Noah’s ARC and other outlets. If you can think of something you would like with the websites Hawk, please let me know 🙂

Thank you for reading.

Comments section

Unfortunately there are people on the web who find no greater pleasure than destroying things for others.

Of late there has been this constant abuse/attack on the website where idiots think it is OK to post derogatory comments regarding veterans of the regiment mentioned on the site. Thankfully 99% of those comments are not viewed by visitors as I have placed controls on the site preventing that. Also 1% do and I have therefore decided it is best no to allow comments to be posted and that permission is being removed over the coming days.

If you would like to add something please contact me and I will add that for you or use the BLOG section.



Today I took the difficult decision to remove the forum. I was being hammered by spammers which was causing all types of problems, it just was not a viable option for this website.

Thank you


Website Update

I have been changing the layout of the website as I thought parts of it did not make sense, I hope I have not confused anyone during their navigation around the pages.

I have also started to incorporate Bandmasters, I have yet to update the page but I hope to have that completed in about 10 days or so.


All Done

Thank you again for your patience. I have now searched through the entire website and I have updated all the pages, if whilst browsing through, you see something wrong could you please contact me.

The forum is an ongoing project but I hope it will be available to all by the Easter weekend? It is proving problematic but should be running soon so we can all resume our friendly chats.

I am still looking for the journals of the 20th Hussars to add to the website, if you can help please contact me.

Please remember, if you are using the Hawk which I have paid for on this website I ask that you make a donation to the Regimental Memorial Fund.

Have a great week.

Thank you all for your patience

Firstly, thank you all for your patience.

The website has been moved to a new and better host these past few days and I have spent a considerable amount of time correcting errors which occurred through the transfer period. Sadly it has also meant the loss of some photographs which I am trying to locate and later add to the website once again, but those are few and will have no bearing on the running of the website.

As you can see I have had a new fresh looking Hawk designed specifically for ‘this’ website. If you would like to use the Hawk please contact me beforehand. All I will ask is that a small donation be made towards the Regimental Memorial Fund currently being sourced by Darren Waker. Once that has been made I will gladly supply you the Hawk in a better format than that which is posted throughout this website.

I can now say, it being 99% complete, that the website is now back with some changes. I hope you once again visit on a regular basis and leave any thoughts that would benefit the site in the comments section on the bottom of every page.

Paul Baker (Fred)

Albert Ernest (Bert) Hurst

Albert Ernest (Bert) Hurst

Victoria (Australia) Branch 1914

H/3063 Private A. E. Hurst 14th (King’s) Hussars attached 20th Hussars

Born on 30 June 1888 at Kentish Town, Albert Hurst enlisted in the Hussars of the Line in 1908. Drafted to the 14th (King’s) Hussars in India, he served for five years with the Colours before returning home on being transferred to the Reserve.

Mobilised at the outbreak of the war, Private Hurst could not rejoin the 14th Hussars at Mhow but was instead drafted to France on 22 August 1914 to join the 20th Hussars.

Chum Hurst pictures taken on 25 April 1971

Bert married Gertrude Elizabeth Varndell at St Nicholas’s Church in Sutton, Surrey on 27 November 1916 and was transferred to the Class Z Army Reserve when he was demobilised on 24 February 1919.

Following his demobilisation Bert found work as a farm labourer in Bramshott, but in 1922 he and Gertrude, together with their two young daughters, sailed for Australia on board the S.S. Baradine, embarking at London on 9 March.

S.S. Baradine

Landing at Melbourne, the Hursts settled in South Yarra. During the Second World War Bert Hurst served with the Australian Citizen Military Forces, enlisting at Royal Park, Victoria and being issued with the service number V4396. At his attestation Bert stated that he had been born in 1890.

He later received The War Medal 1939 – 1945 and the Australia Service Medal 1939 – 1945.

Bert joined the Victoria Branch of The Old Contemptibles’ Association and for many years served the Branch as its Standard Bearer. The photographs of Chum Hurst were both taken on 25 April 1971 at the ANZAC Day Parade in Melbourne, by which time Bert was aged 82.

Chum Bert Hurst died on 10 November 1974 and is buried at Lilydale Lawn Cemetery.