Topic: AIF - 2B - 6 LHR
6th LHR, AIF
6th Australian Light Horse Regiment
"Under Furred Hats"
The 6th Light Horse Regiment Loyd Lindsay Team displaying their wallaby fur puggarees, 1916.
[From: Berrie, Under Furred Hats, plate facing p. 60.]
One of the common legends is that all Australian light horsemen wore the emu plume during the Great War. The legend and the actual facts that lie behind this are told in the essay on the site called:
One Light Horse Regiment that clearly never wore the emu plume was the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, which chose to wear the wallaby fur puggaree to distinguish this regiment from others.
[From: Berrie, Under Furred Hats, plate facing p. 168.]
The photograph of Major Donald Gordon Cross demonstrates clearly the correct use of the wallaby fur puggaree upon the felt hat.
[From: Berrie, Under Furred Hats, plate facing p. 162.]
The 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, never wore the emu plume but remained attached to the wallaby fur puggaree from conception till the unit was disbanded in 1919.
A good book to read on the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF was written by Lieutenant George Lachlan Berrie called, Under Furred Hats (6th ALH Regt), and published in Sydney, 1919. Copies are rather limited and fetch a high price in the second hand market but there are those still available at the metropolitan public libraries.
Citation: 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Under Furred Hats