"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess
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Below is a brief historical outline from RK Peacock, Evolution of Australian Light Horse Regiments 1841-1935, Unpublished MSS, c.1936, p. 11.
This regiment owes its origin to the Brisbane Mounted Rifles. During the year 1889 a troop was raised at Warwick and Tooromba, respectively. They carried on as inpidual troops until 1891 when the amounted troops zero organised as Mounted Infantry, they united and became the Darling Downs Mounted Infantry "G" Company being from Warwick and "H" Company from Toowoomba
When the mounted troops were organized as battalions in 1900 the Darling Downs Mounted Infantry became the 2nd Battalion Queensland Mounted Infantry with six companies, "A" Warwick; "B" Toowoomba; "C" Clifton; "D" Dalby; "E" Roma and "F" Stanthorpe.
Then came the Federal reorganization of 1903 men these six companies were formed into the 14th Australian Light Horse Regiment Queensland Mounted Infantry. As such they continued until 1912 when the 14th became the 3rd (Darling Downs) Light Horse only to be again changed in 1913 to the 3rd (Darling Downs) Light Horse.
From 1913 to 1927 the regiment carried on as the 3rd but in the latter year it was transformed into the 11th Light Horse Regiment (Darling Downs Light Horse, Queensland Mounted Infantry).
The 1st (Central Queensland) Light Horse Regiment came from a long line from the original Queensland Mounted Infantry. During the reforms of 1900, this particular formation took the name of the 3rd Battalion Queensland Mounted Infantry. When the 1903 Defence Act amalgamated all the inpidual states' forces into a unified force, the 3rd Battalion QMI was renamed the 15th Australian Light Horse, Queensland Mounted Infantry. The introduction of universal service after the Kitchener Reportof February 1910, led to the reformation of the 15th Australian Light Horse into the renamed 1st (Central Queensland) Light Horse Regiment.
1903 Reorganisation, Queensland
15th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry)
"A" Company, 3rd Battalion, Queensland Mounted Infantry
Below is a brief historical outline from RK Peacock, Evolution of Australian Light Horse Regiments 1841-1935, Unpublished MSS, c.1936, p. 14.
This regiment owes its origin to the Brisbane Mounted Rifles. In 1886 one troop was formed at Mackay, followed in 1888, by separate troops at Rockhampton and Townsville. They carried on as inpidual troops until 1891 when the mounted troops were organised as Mounted Infantry the troops being then known as Mackay Mounted Infantry (M Company); Rockhampton Mounted Infantry (K Company) and Kennedy Mounted Infantry ("L" Compny).
When the troops were organised as battalions in 1900 "K" Coompany from Rockampton continued on as the 3rd Battalion, Queensland Mounted Infantry with three companies "A" at Rockhampton, "B" at Mount Morgan, and "C" at Claremont. The "L" and "M" Companies forming another unit in the mounted arm. At this time there also existed as part of the Queensland Mounted Infantry an independent company styled Biggenden Company.
At the Federal re-organisation of 1903 "A" Company 3rd Battalion QMI, the Biggenden Company, together with "B", "C" and "D" Companies of the 4th Infantry Regiment (Queensland) were formed into a mounted unit styled 15th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry). Under this title it continued until the re-organisation of 1912 when part went to the 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment and the other part was formed into the 27th Light Horse. In the following year, 1913, the regiment was allotted a territorial title and became known as the 27th (North Queensland) Light Horse, a title which it carried until 1918 when it became the 14th (North Queensland) Light Horse.
27th (North Queensland) Australian Light Horse Regiment.
pisional Mounted Troops. Attached for training to the 1st Light Horse Brigade during 1913-14.
During the 1903 restructure, the Queensland Mounted Infantry 1st Battalion "A", "B", "C" and "E" companies were formed into the new 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry). The introduction of universal service after the Kitchener Report led to the reformation of the 15th Australian Light Horse into the renamed 2nd (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Light Horse.
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