Topic: Militia - LH
1st Australian Light Horse 1903-12, then renamed 7th Light Horse
New South Wales Lancers
Tenax in Fide - Steadfast in Trust
Allied with King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment).
Below is a brief historical outline from RK Peacock, Evolution of Australian Light Horse Regiments 1841-1935, Unpublished MSS, c.1936, p. 1.
In the year 1884 a troop of Cavalry was formed in Sydney designated the Sydney Cavalry Troop. The following year saw this troop under the title "Sydney Light Horse (Sydney Lancers) from this small unit has sprung the present 1st Light Horse Regiment (New South Wales Lancers). During the year 1893 this arm of Mounted Troops was styled New South Wales Lancers and carried on as such until the year 1903.
On the Federal reorganization of 1903 the regiment had Squadrons at the following places; No. 1 Squadron, Sydney; No. 2 Squadron, Parramatta; No. 3 Squadron, Berry; and No. 6 Squadron at Richmond and Windsor. These Squadrons retained their identity and became the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment (New South Wales Lancers). At the time of this reorganization there also existed a 1/2 Squadron of Lancers at Newcastle, Maitland and Singleton, these, however, were formed into the 4th. A.L.H. Regiment (16th L.H.).
A further change in the nomenclature of the regiment was made in 1912 when it became the 7th. Light Horse (New South Wales Lancers) a title it held until 1918 when it reverted to 1st Light Horse (New South Wales Lancers).
On the introduction of Divisional organization in 1921 the regiment with part of the then 6th Light Horse carried on under the title 1st. Light Horse (New South Wales Lancers). In 1929 the regiment became linked with the 21st. Light Horse Regiment and was styled 1st/21st. Light Horse Regiment.
The title of "Royal" was conferred on the regiment by King George V in 1935 and the individual unit was then now known as 1st Light Horse (Royal New South Wales Lancers).
7th Light Horse (New South Wales Lancers)
Honorary Colonel - The Right Honorable CR Marquis of Lincolnshire, PC, KG, GCMG.
Head-Quarters (less Signallers) - Parramatta
Commanding Officer - Major RC Mackenzie, Tenure of command from 1 October 1911 to 30 September 1916
Adjutant - Honorary Lieutenant GE Morris, AIS, 1 April 1913
Quartermaster - Captain LD Phillips
Medical Officer - Captain Piero Fiaschi
Captain Ernest Alfred Blow, Area Officer Nowra
Captain LD Phillips, 9 December 1912, supernumerary
Signallers - Sydney
Machine Gun Section - Sydney
Second Lieutenant TR Williams
"A" Squadron -
Captain Hugh Venables Vernon
Lieutenant J Milling
Second Lieutenant Edward Dryland Hordern
Second Lieutenant FC Jordan
Second Lieutenant Burdett Philip Nettleton, 28 February 1913
Second Lieutenant Alfred Roy Hordern, 28 February 1913
Second Lieutenant Edwin Stanley Sutton, 28 February 1913
"B" Squadron -
"C" Squadron -
Windsor (A Troop),
Penrith (B Troop), and
Luddenham (C Troop and D Troop)
Captain ER Walker, 23 December 1912
Second Lieutenant HFR Dunston
Second Lieutenant CS Woodhouse
Second Lieutenant WH Hooney
The number of men who went onto serve with the AIF after the declaration of war is highlighted by the links to the individual service files of each man who enlisted or was commissioned. Click on the link and the service file held by the National Archives will open for that particular individual.
For the New South Wales Light Horse Militia establishment, see:
Light Horse structure 1903
1903 Reorganisation, New South Wales
Light Horse structure 1914
Militia Distribution in Australia, 1914, 2nd Military District, Part 1
Individual Light Horse Regiments, see:
4th (New South Wales Northern Rivers Lancers) Australian Light Horse Regiment
4th Light Horse
5th (New England Light Horse) Australian Light Horse Regiment
5th Light Horse
6th (Hunter River Lancers) Australian Light Horse Regiment
7th (New South Wales Lancers) Australian Light Horse Regiment
9th (New South Wales Mounted Rifles) Australian Light Horse Regiment
9th Light Horse
11th (Australian Horse) Australian Light Horse Regiment
11th Light Horse
28th (Illawarra) Australian Light Horse Regiment
28th Light Horse
Peacetime and Wartime Regimental Establishments, see:
Peace establishment of Australian Light Horse, 1903-14
2nd Military District Staff Roster and Allocations, see:
2nd Military District Staff Roster and Allocations, 1914, Part 1
2nd Military District Staff Roster and Allocations, 1914, Part 2
2nd Military District Staff Roster and Allocations, 1914, Part 5
For 1914 Infantry, Artillery and other service arms distribution, see:
Militia Distribution in Australia, 1914, 2nd Military District, Part 3
RK Peacock, Evolution of Australian Light Horse Regiments 1841-1935, Unpublished MSS, c.1936.
Citation: 7th Light Horse