Born in 1863 in Castle Hedingham, Essex, Albert Edward Outing lived in Cornard, Suffolk, and went to the British School, in Sudbury. Leaving school, he became an apprentice blacksmith before enlisting with the 19th (Princess Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars in December 1882. Appointed Shoeing Smith in 1884, by 1902 he had attained the rank of Farrier QMS.
He served in the Nile campaign in Egypt in 1884/5, being awarded the Egypt War Medal with Nile clasp, and the Khedives Star, and then in the Boer war earning the QSA Medal and clasps (including Defence of Ladysmith). In 1895 Albert married Bridget Bird (born Dublin) in Trimulgherry, India, where the regiment was based.
He left the army in 1903 after 21 years service, but went on to re-enlist at the start of WW1 but was not posted overseas with his regiment. Instead he was attached to the Army Veterinary Corps, serving at the base depot of the Household Cavalry.
Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant Albert Edward Outing died of pneumonia and cardiac failure in Fulham Military Hospital on 18th March 1916, and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. Having moved to Lashlake in Thame sometime after the start of the war, A E Outing is remembered on the Town War Memorial, and on the All Saints Church Memorial Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Kensal Green Cemetery, London on 14th July 2015 by Trudi Lambert