Topic: AIF - 3B - 10 LHR
Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail. Over the following weeks, the Routine Orders for the 10th Light Horse Regiment will be posted. They are an almost complete collection from commencement as 7th Light Horse Regiment, "C" Squadron to reformation as the 10th Light Horse Regiment. It tells the story of the regiment in a way never touched by a unit history. What is revealed is the day to day lives faced by the men in the Regiment. It lists the highs and lows but in so doing, is the history of the common man.
10th LHR Routine Order No 3, 1 November 1915
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This is the first saved Routine Order issued by the new 10th Light Horse Regiment.
102 Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant Philip Percival Buckland is promoted to Acting Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant as from 1 November 1914. Taking his place is 360 Private Harrison Claude Ainsworth as Acting Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant as from 1 November 1914.
Troopers M Magee and W McIntyre are discharged as deserters.
A lecture by Major Love about the role as a scout. It is here the genesis of the Brigade Scouts begins to form with an ad hoc beginning. The result was three men being given the rank of Scout, they being the only four men in the AIF who wore that title.
The men who were enlisted the fornight ending on 17 October 1914 were finally about to get paid. That must have been a relief as they had been enrolled for over a month without seeing a penny.
Only two denominations of Christians in the army - Church of England and Catholics. No other services available on the Sunday. This says a great deal about the composition of the men according to their declared denomination on the Attestation Papers.
Citation: 10th LHR Routine Order No 3, 1 November 1914