|William Henry Field, born c. 1841, joined
the regiment when he was 20 years old :
"London Gazette, 17th May, 1861.
8th Light Dragoons, (...) William Henry Field, Gent., to be
Cornet, by purchase, vice John Gaspard Watkins Le marchant,
appointed to the 7th Light Dragoons.
Dated 17th May, 1861."
The 8th Hussars were
in India at the time, following their service during the Mutiny.
It doesn't seem that Cornet Field joined them - he is known to
have followed the course at the School of musketry in Hythe, and
the following year :
2d December, 1862.
CAVALRY DEPOT (Canterbury) Cornet William Henry Field, of the 8th
Hussars, to be Instructor of Musketry, vice Cornet Arthur Brett,
of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, who has been ordered to join the Head
Quarters of his Regiment. Dated 11th November, 1862."
Hussars left India in early 1864, gathering dismounted at Brighton
until mid-June, before taking over the troops horses and saddlery
of the 18th Hussars and proceeding to York, where the Regiment was
joined by the depôt troop from Canterbury.
That's the moment
Field joined his regiment :
Gazette, 23rd August, 1864.
8th Regiment of Hussars, Cornet William Henry Field to be
Instructor of Musketry, vice Lieutenant Edward Pulleyne, who has
exchanged into the 18th Hussars. Dated 9th August,
Field was promoted to Lieutenant on July 10th, 1866.
He must have been a proud Instructor, when The Times
published, on February 28th, 1867 :
"The Adjt.-General Lord William Paulet, by
order of the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, promulgated in a
General Order, dated Horse Guards, 22d inst., the annual return
showing the corps serving in the United Kingdom, the Channel
Islands, North America and at the Mauritius which have completed
the annual musketry course for 1866-7, with their figure of merit,
The following are the corps enumerated in the report, with the
figure of merit :-
Cavalry.- 8th Hussars, 35.28 ; 3d Hussars, 30.77 ; 15th
Hussars, 29.3 ; 10th Hussars, 28.35 ; 2d Dragoons Guards, 28.51 ;
th Dragoon Guards, 27.42 ; 4th Hussars, 27.08 ; 5th Dragoon Guards,
The appointment of
Instructor of Musketry does not appear anymore from the 1868 Army
In the summer of 1869 the 8th Hussars went to Ireland. That's when
William Henry Field gained his next rank :
Gazette, 6th July, 1869.
8th Hussars, Lieutenant William Henry Field to be Captain, by
purchase, vice Henry Crawley Norris, who retires. Dated 7th July,
The regiment came
back to England in 1875.
It seems that there was still much of the Instructor in Captain
Field, as reported by The Times on June 5th, 1876 :
"Lieut.-Gen. Sir THomas Steele, K.C.B.,
commanding at Aldershott, having examined the reconnaissance
reports and sketches of the officers and non-commissioned officers
of the Cavalry and 2d Infantry Brigades executed during the past
winter, hasexpressed his appreciation of the manner in which Capts.
Schwabe and Provost, Brigade Majors, have voluntarily, in addition
to their own duties, carried on the instruction of their
respective brigades, and also of the zeal evinced by the following
officers in assisting the efforts of Capt. Schwabe to impart
instruction to the non-commissioned officers and men of their
respective regiments :- Lieut. and Adj.Bell, 5th Lancers ; Capt.
Field, 8th Hussars ; Lieut. and Adjt. Lloyd, 21st Hussars.
In 1878, a more
personal event would be reported by The Times :
On the 7th June, at The Elas, Isleworth, the wife of Capt.
FIELD, 8th Hussars, of a son."
By the end of the
year the 8th Hussars would proceed to India - they would take part
in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Captain Field was not among them,
as stated by the History of the VIII King's Royal Irish Hussars
"The depôt, consisting of 6 officers and
89 non-commissioned officers and men under Captain Field,
remained at Shorncliffe for the purpose of habding over the horses
and saddlery to the 4th Hussars, and joined the cavalry depôt at
Canterbury on the 10h of January, 1879. (...)
Captain Field had previously served with the depôt, and
there were with him Captain Saunders, Lieutenants Davidson and
Grant, and Second-Lieutenants Holmes and Wright."
Capt. Field would
proceed to India in 1881, boarding the Troopship Malabar at
Portsmouth on March 3rd, and leaving the next morning. The Malabar
left Suez on the 19th inst., and reached Bombay on April 1st. The
regiment was then quartered at Rawal Pindi, and one must wonder
wether Captain Field made it in time to be present at the annual
inspection that took place on the 7th, 8th and 9th April 1881, by
Lieutenant-General sir M.A.Biddulph, K.C.B.
A few months later,
the Royal Warrant of the 25th of June would affect the
establishment of the regiment, instating :
-2 Lieutenant-Colonels instead of 1
-3 Majors instead of 1
-4 Captains instead of 7
The London Gazette duly published on July 26th the promotion of
Captain Field to the rank of Major (dated July 1st).
It appears that he
was soon thereafter promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, as
the London Gazette would publish :
Gazette, 9th June, 1882.
8th Hussars, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Langtry, from the 15th
Hussars, to be Lieutenant-Colonel, vice W.H.Field, who exchanges.
Dated 10th June, 1882."
The 15th Hussars
had come back the year before from Natal to England and
Lieutenant-Colonel Field would be in command of the regiment two
years later :
Gazette, 27th May, 1884.
15th Hussars, Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry Field has been
appointed to command the Regiment.
Dated 29th April, 1884."
Field was appointed a member of the "Dress and Equipment
Committee" in June 1884.
He was presented by the Adjutant-General to the Prince of Wales at
the Levée held at St. James's Palace on March 14th, 1885, "on
appointment to command of 15th Hussars".
His regiment was
inspected by the Duke of Cambridge at Hounslow on July 11th, 1885,
as reported by The Times :
"(...) The Duke of Cambridge and staff
arrived shortly before 10 o'clock, and were received
byMajor-General Gripps, C.B., commanding the Home District, and at
once rode to Hounslow-heath, where the 15th (King's) Hussars, a
regiment which took part in the Afghanistan campaign of 1878-80,
was formed up in line of squadrons for inspection. Lieut.-Col.
W.H.Field was in command. At the close of the work, which
lasted nearly two hours, column was reformed, and the Duke of
Cambridge, addressing the regiment, said he was extremely pleased
with the smart turn out, work, and condition of Colonel Field's
command, and congratulated that officer on the result of the
inspection, which was in every respect most creditable.
He was gazetted to
the rank of Colonel on October 6th, 1885 (dated 29th September),
and would command the regiment for two more years :
Gazette, 15th July, 1887.
15th Hussars, Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel William Henry Field,
having completed his period of service as a Regimental
Lieutenant-Colonel, has been placed on half-pay. Dated 1st July,
Five years later,
a "Memorandum" published in the London Gazette on
July 1st, 1892, stated that :
"Col. William H. Field, from
Lieutenant-Colonel half-pay, is placed on retired pay."
His death was
announced in The Times on April 18th, 1899 :
FIELD- On the 14th April, at Trelana, Stratton, N.Cornwall,
COLONEL W.H.FIELD, late 8th Hussars and 15th Hussars, aged 58. No
daughter Beatrice Kathleen Field was to marry Lieutenant
A.D.Barrow, R.N., in September 1908.
His son William Robert Field married Dorothy Mildred on the 28th
of April 1914.