Major Adrian Hulse

 

 

Adrian Hulse, of Alexandra Road, Sydenham, London, was born on 26 February 1882 at Kensington, London, the son of John and Lucy Jane Hulse. He served in the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (No.34026) and in the Boer War with the 57th (Buckinghamshire) Company, 15th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. After the war he then served with the Cape Mounted Riflemen in South Africa, then worked in Malaya for Morgan's Agency, a rubber and produce broker, and served in the Malay States Volunteer Rifles.

On the outbreak of war in August 1914 he was commissioned as a captain in the 16th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He transferred to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 8 January 1915, going to France with the squadron on 5 October 1915. The squadron diary includes numerous mentions of his activities during this period.

In June 1916 the squadron became part of the newly-formed 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. Hulse took command of the squadron on 13 July that year with the departure of Major Chamberlayne. Soon after he was wounded and returned to Ireland. A report on the Belfast News-Letter of 23 November 1916 states that he:

... visited Enniskillen last week on a visit to Captain G. H. Moorhead, who is in command of the Reserve of the Squadron. Captain Hulse received a warm welcome from his old friends, and while in Enniskillen delivered a lecture to the men of the Reserve Squadron on warfare and tactics in France.

He returned to the front before the end of the year – the regimental diary recording his activities at the time, often being in charge of trench digging parties. After a period in England recovering from illness, in July 1917 he again returned to France to command Inniskillings squadron.

In September the 2nd NIH Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Hulse faced a medical board at Le Havre, which found:

he is somewhat fat and finds physical training difficult. He is however organically sound and desirous of proceeding to the front and the Board considers him fit for general service.

Posted to the battalion, he reporting for duty on 6 October. However on 16 November he was attached to the 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served as Town Major of Artemps from 6 February to 21 March 1918 before returning to the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as acting Major and second-in-command. He attended Senior Officers’ Course at Aldershot in July 1918, rejoining the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 7 November 1918.

After the war Hulse was appointed temporary Major (15 December 1918) and awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre (London Gazette, 4 September 1919). He was released from service on 30 April 1919 and relinquished his commission on 22 Oct 1920.

Hulse then joined the Royal Irish Constabulary's Auxiliary Division (No.1573) on 19 January 1921 and was posted to F Company. Appointed Second-in-Command of O Company, he was soon after posted to C Company. On 23 April 1921 he was wounded and admitted to hospital, being discharged on 28 May then on medical leave until 31 August. During this period he was appointed Officer Commanding S Company, then A Company in County Kilkenny. He was discharged on 30 January 1922 on the demobilisation of the Division.

Hulse had been appointed to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers, Royal Irish Fusiliers, on 8 December 1920, holding that position until he reached 50 years of age in 1932. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he enrolled in the Officers’ Emergency Reserve.

Hulse died in 1964 at Leicester, aged 82.

 

This image, part of a group photo of officers and NCOs of the squadron, appeared in the Belfast Evening Telegraph of 28 January 1915. The full image can be seen here. Information about the Auxiliaries sourced from the website The Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary.