This experience occurred about two years ago. My boyfriend and I were having a two week holiday around our country, New Zealand. We ended up staying at a quaint little B&B style accommodation near Tongariro National Park. We were in bed, on our second night there, and I was asleep. I suddenly woke up and I felt the bed been shaken. I looked to my left and there was a man in an old 1800's style army uniform. He was kicking the bed and, although no words were coming out, he seemed to be saying "wake up". I was frightened so I reached for my boyfriend but saw that he was choking. His eyes were closed, his brow was sweaty and he appeared to be asleep but he was struggling for breath and all pale. I figured that he was having a nightmare so I frantically shook him awake. He came out of it gasping for breath and after I grabbed him a glass of water and waited for him to calm down I asked him what happened.
He told me that he was having a nightmare that a man was strangling him to death. I said that was weird and then told him about the man who had woken me up. I figured that it was a dream, even though I wasn't entirely convinced. Then my boyfriend gave me the fright of my life when he gasped and said that the man who was strangling him in his dream also had an old style army uniform on.
My boyfriend wanted to compare the physical attributes of the man in the uniform but I was too scared to talk about it anymore.
Needless to say, we were scared to death and left in the evening.