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Monday, 12 October 2009
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Contents
Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR

8th LHR, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Contents

 

8th Light Horse Regiment Colour Patch

 

The 8th Light Horse Regiment was formed as part of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, 3rd Contingent and attached to the Australian Division. Made up of men darwn from the 3rd Military District [Victoria], the 8th Light Horse Regiment was established at the Broadmeadows Training Camp to the north of Melbourne, Victoria. 

 

Structure

The Australian Light Horse – Structural outline

Australian Light Horse Order of Battle

 

Corps

Desert Mounted Corps (DMC)

 

Division

Anzac Mounted Division

Australian Mounted Division 

 

Brigade

3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade

 

Regiment

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

 

History

Unit

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Outline

Romani

8th LHR, AIF account about the Battle of Romani
8th ALHR, AIF, War Diary, account about the Battle of Romani
Bir el Abd
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, War Diary Account 
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account 
Bir el Mazar
Bir el Mazar, Sinai, 17 September 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, War Diary Account 
Bir el Mazar, Sinai, 17 September 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account
Magdhaba
8th ALHR, AIF, War Diary, account 
8th LHR, AIF account 

Beersheba

8th LHR, AIF account about the fall of Beersheba

8th ALHR, AIF, War Diary, account about the fall of Beersheba

El Burj

El Burj, Palestine, 1 December 1917, 8th Light Horse Regiment War Diary Account

 

Routine Orders

8th LHR Routine Order No 590, 19 June 1916

 

Reconnaissance to Muksheib by Captain Wearne, 8th Light Horse Regiment

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, Page 1

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, Page 2

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, 16 March 1916, Page 1

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, 16 March 1916, Page 2

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, 19 March 1916, Page 1

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, 19 March 1916, Page 2

Memorandum on reconnaissance to Muksheib, 19 March 1916

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 1

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 2

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 3

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 4

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 5

Report on reconnaissance to Muksheib by Capt Wearne, Page 6

 

Embarkation

Full Roll

Roll: A - C

Roll: D - F

Roll: G - J

Roll: K - L

Roll: M - Q

Roll: R - S

Roll: T - Z

 

Individual Rolls

Regimental Headquarters Section

"A" Squadron

"B" Squadron

"C" Squadron

Machine Gun Section

1st Reinforcement

2nd Reinforcement

3rd Reinforcement

4th Reinforcement

5th Reinforcement

6th Reinforcement

7th Reinforcement

8th Reinforcement

9th Reinforcement

10th Reinforcement

11th Reinforcement Clan Mccorquodale Group  

11th Reinforcement Hawkes Bay Group

12th Reinforcement Hawkes Bay Group

12th Reinforcement Ascanius Group 

13th Reinforcement

14th Reinforcement

15th Reinforcement

16th Reinforcement

17th Reinforcement

18th Reinforcement

19th Reinforcement

20th Reinforcement

21st Reinforcement

22nd Reinforcement

23rd Reinforcement

24th Reinforcement

25th Reinforcement

26th Reinforcement

27th Reinforcement

28th Reinforcement

29th Reinforcement

30th Reinforcement

31st Reinforcement

 

Personnel

1081 Lance Corporal William Colin McELIWEE
2601 Trooper George Redding, 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment 
The Merritt family, 8th LHR
Captain Albert Ernest Wearne

 

Roll of Honour

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

8th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 19 February 2010 8:55 AM EAST
Sunday, 11 October 2009
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Outline
Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR

8th LHR, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Outline

 

8th Light Horsemen Marching Along Collins Street, Melbourne, 20 Janaury 1915.

[From: The Australasian, 23 January 1915, p. 7.]
 
 

8th Light Horse Regiment Band leading the March Past in Melbourne

[Click here or on picture for movie - 3mb clip.]

 

Formation

The 8th Light Horse Regiment was formed as part of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, 3rd Contingent and attached to the Australian Division. Made up of men darwn from the 3rd Military District [Victoria], the 8th Light Horse Regiment was established at the Broadmeadows Training Camp to the north of Melbourne, Victoria. 

 

Training 


8th Light Horse Regiment Routine Order No 34, 1 November 1914

[Note: Earliest RO available. Click on page for larger version.]

 

Training of the 8th Light Horse Regiment occurred at Broadmeadows Training Camp to the north of Melbourne, Victoria, from October 1914. 

 

Embarkation

Embarkation of the 8th Light Horse Regiment was accomplished in two groups using both the HMAT A16 Star of Victoria and HMAT A25 Anglo-Egyptian from Melbourne, Victoria. 

 

HMAT A16 Star of Victoria

[See: His Majesty's Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships, A16.]

 

8th Light Horse Regiment embarked on the HMAT A16 Star of Victoria from Melbourne, Victoria, 25 February 1915.

 

HMAT A25 Anglo-Egyptian at Port Melbourne, 1916

[See: His Majesty's Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships, A25.

 

8th Light Horse Regiment advanced party embarked on the HMAT A25 Anglo-Egyptian from Melbourne, Victoria, 12 February 1915.

The 8th Light Horse Regiment sailed to Egypt and disembarked on 14 March 1915.

 

Colour Patch

Initially, the only colour separation of the various Australian mounted troops was by use of the pennant. The marker pennants were carried on poles to mark lines troop lines in camps in Egypt. They were not lance pennants as the Australian lancers had red over white pennants on their lances.

 

Pennant of the 8th Light Horse Regiment

 

While this pennant was useful in distinguishing horse and troop lines, it failed to identify the individual with a unit. The AIF 1st Australian Division Standing Orders issued in December 1914 ordered the Australian Light Horse Regiments to wear a 4 inch wide [10.2cm] blue armband with the regiment name marked on the band in black lettering.

The earlier systems proved to be ineffective so to assist with identification of the men in the various units within the AIF, Divisional Order No 81 (A) Administration was issued at Mena on 8 March 1915 detailing the Colour Patch for the 8th Light Horse Regiment as others received their colours. The colour patch was made of cloth 1¼ inches wide and 2¾ inches long and worn on the sleeve one inch below the shoulder seam. The colour patch for the 8th Light Horse Regiment was light blue over yellow.

 

8th Light Horse Regiment Colour Patch

 

The 8th Light Horse Regiment carried the yellow Brigade colour as the lower triangle part of the colour patch, while the light blue unit colour was on the top. This is illustrated with the above presentation.

 

Gallipoli

As mounted troops, the Light Horse was considered to be unsuitable for work in Gallipoli. The mounted troops volunteered to operate as infantry and thus were sent to Gallipoli with the 8th Light Horse Regiment landing on 20 May 1915. The Regiment was deployed on primarily defensive activities at Russel's Top and Rhododendron Spur throughout the stay at Gallipoli. The 8th Light Horse Regiment participated in the ill fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 where most of the Regiment was either killed or wounded. The 8th Light Horse Regiment left the peninsula on 20 December 1915.

 

Defence of Egypt

After the return to Egypt, the 8th Light Horse Regiment reformed and re-equipped. The reorganisation of the Light Horse led to the formation of the ANZAC Mounted Division to which the 8th Light Horse Regiment became a foundation member.

On 28 February 1916, the 8th Light Horse Regiment moved to join its parent brigade, the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, which was taking part in the defence of the Suez Canal. The work was hot and monotonous. They remained here until moved to the Romani region to bolster the defence of that area.

 

Sinai

The 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade played an important role in beating back the Turkish invasion of the Suez Canal zone at Romani. Now known as the Battle of Romani which lasted from 4-6 August which was quickly followed by the Battle of Katia and then Bir el Abd on 9 August. All the actions in which the 8th Light Horse Regiment finally led to the defeat of the Ottoman Canal Expeditionary force and its retreat to Bir el Mazar.


Over the next few months, the 8th Light Horse Regiment took part in the Allied advance over the Sinai leading to the fall of Bir el Mazar, then El Arish followed by Bir el Magdhaba and finally Rafa in January 1917. The Ottoman forces were expelled from the Sinai and were poised to be tackled in Palestine.

 

Palestine

On 27 March 1917, the 8th Light Horse Regiment took part in the First Battle of Gaza. While involved in the encirclement of the city as a prelude to its capture, the 8th Light Horse Regiment received the order to withdraw and return to the starting line. Grudgingly they did so but realised the Turks had snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat.

The 8th Light Horse Regiment  took part in the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917 and suffered the heaviest casualties since Gallipoli.

The 8th Light Horse Regiment took part in the Battle of Beersheba and then the follow up actions that lasted until early January 1918.

From this time onwards, for the next two months, the 8th Light Horse Regiment remained in continuous combat action until relieved for three months refit and training at Deir el Belah from early January 1918.

In early April 1918, the 8th Light Horse Regiment moved into the Jordan Valley and took part in the invasion of Moab and took Es Salt during the action of 30 April – 4 May 1918. Unfortunately, due to a Turkish attack on the lines of communication, this raid nearly turned into a disaster where the Turkish forces almost cut off the Australian Mounted Division in the hills.


Megiddo

In a move that converted the Light Horse into full cavalry, the Australian Mounted Division was issued with swords during August and early September 1917. The Australian Mounted Division went to work training with swords and undertaking cavalry work.

On 19 September 1918 the Battle of Megiddo began. The infantry over ran the Turkish defensive trenches allowing the cavalry to debouch into the Turkish hinterland. The 8th Light Horse Regiment participated in the breakthrough which moved rapidly through the north of Palestine. At the end of the first week, it was obvious that the way to Damascus was open and so a second push occurred on the heels of the first assault. On 1 October 1918, Damascus was taken. As part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, they marched through the city after its surrender by the Sarai.

After a rest in Damascus, the 8th Light Horse Regiment moved towards Homs when the Turks surrendered on 30 October 1918.

 

Return to Australia

After the conclusion of hostilities, the 8th Light Horse Regiment was marked to return to Australia. Prior to that action, one of the saddest actions occurred for the Australian Lighthorsemen, they had to farewell their best friends, the horses. All the Light Horse unit horses' health was ascertained with the fit horses being transferred to the Indian Cavalry while those in poor condition were destroyed by the Veterinary units.

On 13 March 1919 the 8th Light Horse Regiment was deployed  to assist in suppressing the Egyptian Uprising. When the revolt collapsed, the 8th Light Horse Regiment embarked on the 3 July 1919 for the long voyage to Australia where the unit was disbanded. 


Commanding Officers

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Henry White
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Vivian Deeble
Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar
Lieutenant Colonel Archibald McGibbon McLaurin
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert James Shannon
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Joseph Daly
 

Decorations earned by the 8th Light Horse Regiment

  • 3 DSO - Distinguished Service Orders
  • 8 MC - Military Crosses
  • 10 DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medals
  • 13 MM- Military Medals
  • 36 MID - Mentioned in Despatches
  • 3 foreign awards 

 

Campaigns

Gallipoli

Egypt

Sinai

Palestine

 Egypt

 

Casualties suffered by the 8th Light Horse Regiment

  • 302 killed
  • 675 wounded


War Diary

The Australian War Memorial has put these on line and may be accessed here:

8th Light Horse Regiment War Diaries.

 

Embarkations:

The following list details all the embarkations in support of the 8th Light Horse Regiment, AIF, during the Great War. Each entry details to formation and the ships on which the units embarked with the date and place of embarkation. The detail of the formation is linked to a list of men who embarked upon that ship on the specific date.

Regimental Headquarters Section

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria 25 February 1915

"A" Squadron

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT Star of Victoria 25 February 1915

"B" Squadron

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria 25 February 1915

"C" Squadron

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria 25 February 1915

Machine Gun Section

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria 25 February 1915

1st Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A54 Runic 25 February 1915

2nd Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A26 Armadale 12 February 1915

3rd Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A4 Pera 8 February 1915

4th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire 13 April 1915

5th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A56 Palermo 7 May 1915

6th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A66 Uganda 21 June 1915

7th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A57 Malakuta 23 September 1915

8th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A55 Kyarra 20 August 1915

9th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A20 Hororata 27 September 1915

10th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A70 Ballarat 9 September 1915

11th Reinforcement Clan Mccorquodale Group     

11th Reinforcement Hawkes Bay Group

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A6 Clan Mccorquodale 13 November 1915

Melbourne, Victoria on board SS Hawkes Bay 21 October 1915

12th Reinforcement Hawkes Bay Group

12th Reinforcement Ascanius Group 

Melbourne, Victoria on board SS Hawkes Bay 21 October 1915

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A11 Ascanius 10 November 1915

13th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A44 Vestalia 18 January 1916

14th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A1 Hymettus 27 January 1916

15th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A43 Barunga 7 April 1916

16th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A66 Uganda 2 May 1916

17th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A6 Clan Maccorquodale 6 May 1916

18th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board RMS Mongolia 11 July 1916

19th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board RMS Mongolia 11 July 1916

20th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A1 Hymettus 12 September 1916

21st Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A1 Hymettus 12 September 1916

22nd Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A6 Clan Maccorquodale 19 September 1916

23rd Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A25 Anglo-Egyptian 31 January 1917

24th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A25 Anglo-Egyptian 31 January 1917

25th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board RMS Karmala 6 February 1917

26th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board RMS Morea 20 February 1917

27th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A42 Boorara 10 May 1917

28th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln 22 June 1917

29th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A55 Kyarra 7 September 1917

30th Reinforcement

Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth 2 November 1917

31st Reinforcement

Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire 2 February 1918

See: Troop transport ships for information and photographs about the various ships employed in transporting the troops to Egypt.

 

Further Reading:

8th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Outline

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 20 February 2010 7:36 AM EAST
Saturday, 10 October 2009
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour
Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR

8th LHR, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Roll of Honour


Poppies on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 

The Roll of Honour contains the names of all the men known to have served at one time with the 8th Light Horse Regiment and gave their lives in service of Australia, whether as part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment or another unit.

 

Roll of Honour

 

Frank Leigh A'BECKETT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James Valentine AIREY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Rolls Charles Stacpole ALBAN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Robert Osborne ALEXANDER, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Patrick Joseph AMOR, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur Andreas ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

George John Stewart ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James Alfred ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Leo William Hall ANDERSON, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1915.

William Stowwell ANDERSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Edgar John APPLEYARD, Died of Wounds, 3 August 1917.

Charles ARBLASTER, Died of Wounds, 24 July 1916.

Stephen ARBUTHNOT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Tasman ATKIN, Killed in Action, 3 May 1918.

 

John Henry BAKER, Died of Wounds, 11 August 1915.

John Joseph BANNAN, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918.

Alexander Walter Andrew BARBER, Died of Wounds, 22 June 1915.

William Owen BARBER, Killed in Action, 19 July 1918.

Walter Ernest BARTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur Stanley BATSON, Died of Disease, 14 October 1918.

Edward Maddern BAWDEN, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Percy Hamlin BECKETT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Robert BEILBY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Ernest BELL, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

James Alexander BELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles BENSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Albert Alfred BENT, Killed in Action, 27 June 1915.

Alexander Douglas BETHUNE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Norman McLeod BETHUNE, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917.

Richard BIGGS, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Victor Eric BLAKENEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Ronald Champ BLOM, Killed in Action, 4 October 1917.

Walter John James BLOOMFIELD, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

John BLUNDELL, Killed in Action, 28 June 1915.

Douglas BODDY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Henry Otto BOHLSEN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Albert Joseph BOND, Died of Disease, 1 November 1918.

Keith Allan BORTHWICK, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John BOSWELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Richard BOWERING, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Alwynne Stanley BOWKER, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Samuel Brittain BRACE, Killed in Action, 30 June 1915.

Leslie Neville Wilfred BRETT, Died of Disease, 19 May 1915.

Albert Oscar BRITTEN, Died of Accident, 13 November 1918.

George Owen BRUCE, Killed in Action, 19 July 1916.

Edward John BRYAN, Died of Disease, 26 August 1918.

Charles BRYANT, Killed in Action, 6 November 1917 .

John Reginald BUCKLAND, Died of wounds, 9 August 1916.

William BURKE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Leslie Stuart BURNISTON, Died of Wounds, 6 November 1917.

Ernest Henry BUTCHER, Died of Wounds, 4 August 1915.

 

 

Morton Alfred CAKEBREAD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Colin Henry CAMERON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James Pullar CAMERON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Sydney Archibald CAMPBELL, Died of Wounds, 4 June 1917.

Sydney James CAMPBELL, Died of Wounds, 14 July 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

James Maxwell CARNEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Alfred Ernest CARPENTER, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Reginald Ivan Cooper CARR, Killed in Action, 29 June 1915.

Charles CARTHEW, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Angus CAUGHEY, Died of Disease, 1 June 1919.

Alfred CAVANAGH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Henry William CHADWICK, Killed in Action, 11 January 1917.

Arthur Lovelock CHAMBERS, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1916.

Stanley CHAMBERS, Died of Wounds, 24 September 1915.

Frank Roy CHAPMAN, Died of Disease, 28 October 1918.

Frederick Thomas CHAPMAN, Died of Wounds, 1 January 1917.

George Thomas CLARK, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Henry Norman CLAYTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William Leonard CLYNE, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1916.

Thomas George COATES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles Brunton COE, Killed in Action, 29 May 1915.

Dyson Frederick COLE, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Lionel William COLE, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Walter COMBS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Leslie CONNOR, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John CONSIDINE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James CONWAY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Albert William COOK, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917 .

Alfred Richard COOK, Died of Wounds, 20 April 1917.

Francis Michael COSGROVE, Killed in Action, 1 November 1915.

Henry Lennox COWELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frederick Wallace COX, Killed in Action, 4 May 1917.

Colin Heardon CRAMOND, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

David CRAWFORD, Killed in Action, 23 June 1915.

Harold CROUCHER, Died of Wounds, 20 June 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Joseph Terrell CROWL, Killed in Action, 27 June 1915.

Alexander George CUMMING, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Currie CUMMING, Killed in Action, 31 October 1917.

John Andrew CUNNINGHAM, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918.

Herbert Robinson Clifford CURRIE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

Charles Coning DALE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Francis DEAN, Died of Wounds, 11 August 1915.

Harold Louis DEUCHER, Died of Wounds, 6 May 1917.

Percy George DEWHURST, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles DIAMOND, Died of Accident, 6 April 1916 .

George James DIXON, Died of Wounds, 8 July 1918.

Oliver Ernest DONALDSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Roy Joseph DORAN, Died of Accident, 26 June 1917.

Edgar Gordon DOWN, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

William DOWN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John DRAGE, Died of Wounds, 28 January 1917.

Alexander DREVER, Killed in Action, 4 October 1917.

Alfred DRISCOLL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Alfred DUDDERIDGE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James DUFFY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William George DUGUID, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917.

Arthur Sylvestor DUNN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Leo DWYER, Killed in Action, 30 August 1915.

 

 

Stanley EDMISTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James EGAN, Died of Wounds, 11 December 1917.

James Alexander ELLIOTT, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1916.

William Ewen Robert ELLIOTT, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Clifford Ward EMERY, Killed in Action, 3 May 1918.

Thomas ERRINGTON, Died of Wounds, 3 May 1918.

Wallace ESSAY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Albert Lacey EVANS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Alexander George EVANS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur Leslie EVANS, Killed in Action, 27 April 1918.

Herbert Ernest EYERS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

Gordon John FARMER, Killed in Action, 6 November 1917.

John Sydney FARRELL, Died of Disease, 11 October 1918.

Michael Thomas FARRELL, Died of Wounds, 5 June 1918.

David James FARTHING, Died of Wounds, 13 January 1917.

George FAY, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

Lawrence Gerald FINN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Harry FLOYD, Died of Wounds, 29 December 1917.

Benjamin FORBES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Benjamin FORD, Died of Disease, 25 February 1916.

Thomas Charles FORDE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur William FYFFE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

William Henry GALE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John James GALLAGHER, Died of Wounds, 3 May 1918.

Stanley Willis GEORGE, Killed in Action, 5 August 1916.

James William GERLACH, Killed in Action, 28 July 1916.

Edward (Buckley) GIBBS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Sydney Francis GILBERT, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Arthur GILLIGAN, Died of Wounds, 30 October 1917.

Frederick Gilbert Young GIPPS, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

William Donovan GLANFIELD, Died of Disease, 15 October 1918.

Hugh Garfield GORDON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Ernest Samuel GOULDEN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John George Letcher GOYNE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Hugh GRACE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles John GRACHAN, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

Gerald Lawrence GRAHAM, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Geoffrey Treacher GRANT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

George Muir GRANT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles GREAVES, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Valentine Francis GREEN, Died of Disease, 19 October 1915 .

Henry GREGG, Died of Disease, 1 November 1918.

Ernest Albert Edward GREGORY, Killed in Action, 27 June 1915.

Clifton Riverdale GRENFELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Louis Gerald GRIFFIN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Alfred Henry GRIFFITHS, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Mansell David GRIFFITHS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Lester GROVE, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

Arthur Reginald GUNSON, Died of Wounds, 3 May 1918.

 

 

Robert Reeves HALAHAN, Died of Wounds, 3 July 1915.

Frederick George HALL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Harold HALL, Died of Wounds, 31 August 1915.

Denis Daniel HARDIMAN, Died of Wounds, 3 May 1918.

Reginald Desmond HARRIS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James HASTINGS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John HAY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Herbert HAYBALL, Died of Wounds, 30 June 1915.

Stephen HAYHOE, Died of Wounds, 27 October 1917.

Francis Robert HEANEY, Killed in Action, 9 January 1917.

William Bloomfield HELMS, Died of Wounds, 12 August 1916.

Athol Osbert HENDERSON, Died of Wounds, 26 August 1916.

Edward Percival HENDY, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Herbert James HENRY, Killed in Action, 2 September 1917.

Edward Ellis HENTY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Charles HERITAGE, Killed in Action, 22 October 1917.

Lewis Parkinson HETHERINGTON, Died of Wounds, 12 November 1917.

Mervyn Bournes HIGGINS, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Bertie HILL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Harry Osborne HILL, Died of Disease, 22 May 1918.

William Arthur HIND, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Russell George HINDHAUGH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William Sydney HINDS, Killed in Action, 4 October 1917.

Richard HOBLEY, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

Carl HOLMBERG, Died of Wounds, 10 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

George Reubin HOPE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Harry HOSKIN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Richard Mecedon HOUSE, Killed in Action, 21 July 1917.

Leslie Sylvestor HOWARD, Died of Disease, 3 October 1918 .

Thomas Spencer HOWARD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Albert Reginald HOWLETT, Died of Wounds, 10 November 1917.

George Thomas HUGHES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frederick Lampard HUNT, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Norman Farquhar Bruce HUON, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

William Irvine HUTCHINSON, Died of Wounds, 31 October 1917.

 

 

George James ISLES, Died of Wounds, 10 January 1917.

William ISLES, Killed in Action, 11 October 1917.

 

 

Claude Henry JACKSON, Killed in Action, 11 April 1918.

Ernest Leslie JACKSON, Killed in Action, 3 November 1917.

Alfred William JAMES, Killed in Action, 6 August 1916.

Samuel JAMES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Douglas JAMIESON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James JARVEY, Died of Wounds, 31 May 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

George Allan JEFFRIES, Killed in Action, 30 June 1915.

Donald Mathieson McGregor JOHNSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Joshua JOLLY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur JONES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Edward Victor JONES, Died of Wounds, 6 October 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Thomas JONES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

John KANE, Killed in Action, 30 July 1915.

Charles KELLY, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Frank Winterburn KEMP, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Robert KERR, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Edward Richard KILPATRICK, Killed in Action, 5 September 1915.

Albert Leslie KING, Died of Wounds, 13 November 1917.

Arthur Norman KING, Killed in Action, 31 August 1918.

Charles Trethowan KING, Killed in Action, 27 June 1915.

John Peter KING, Died of Disease, 26 July 1918.

Martin Frederick KING, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Allan Bruce KINNAIRD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles Kempson KIRKBY, Died of Disease, 26 February 1919.

Adolphus KITSON, Died of Disease, 15 October 1918.

Archibald Roland KNIGHT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

James Dyson LACY, Died of Disease, 6 September 1918.

Victor James LAMB, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

William LANG, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Michael Edward LARKIN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Ralph Vivian Worthington LEES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Hugh LENNON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Thomas LEONARD, Killed in Action, 30 May 1915.

Richard Bright LITCHFIELD, Died of Wounds, 17 November 1917.

Thomas LONGMORE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Andrew Anderson LOUDEN, Killed in Action, 11 April 1918.

Michael James LYNCH, Died of Disease, 11 October 1918.

Charles Hugh LYON, Killed in Action, 7 November 1917.

Herbert Francis Henry LYONS, Died of Disease, 26 October 1918.

 

 

Ernest Harold MACK, Died of Wounds, 23 December 1916.

Albert Frederick MALTRAVERS, Killed in Action, 19 October 1917.

Cyril Godfrey MARSH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James David MARSHALL, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1916.

Charles MARTIN, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917.

Robert MARTIN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Oscar John MATTHIES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Leslie Cecil MAYGAR, died of wounds on 1 November 1917.

Charles Russell McANALLY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Herbert McCARTHY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Allan David McCOLL, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Samuel Jerimiah McCOLL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Gordon Eric McCOOK, Died of Wounds, 23 August 1916.

William J. McDOUGALL, Died of Disease, 31 August 1918.

William McELHINNEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John McGRATH, Killed in Action, 30 December 1916.

Joseph Patrick McKAY, Died of Accident, 27 January 1919.

Alexander McKINNON, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

Archibald McGibbon McLAURIN, Died of Disease, 23 November 1918.

Peter McMILLAN, Killed in Action, 19 October 1917.

Charles Cecil MERRITT, Killed in Action, 1 November 1917.

Charles Robert METHVEN, Died of Wounds, 19 April 1917.

Stanley John MIDDLETON, Killed in Action, 30 June 1915.

James MILLER, Died of Wounds, 4 June 1918.

Robert Reid MITCHELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William MITCHELL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Leopold Thomas MOLONY, Died of Wounds, 29 June 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Stephen Frederick MONAGHAN, Killed in Action, 13 April 1916.

Samuel Vincent MOORE, Died of Wounds, 1 December 1917 

Archibald Hubert MORETON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Patrick MORRISSEY, Died of Wounds, 9 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

William Gordon MORRISSEY, Killed in Action, 8 August 1918.

Ralph James MORTIMER, Killed in Action, 3 May 1917.

James Edgar MOYSEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Francis Henry MUNNS, Died of Disease, 20 October 1918.

Thomas Richard MURRAY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

Herbert Victor NADENBOUSCH, Died of Accident, 5 December 1918.

Alexander NAIRN, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Soles NASSAU, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Walter Edwards NEWTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Archibald NICHOLSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

Herbert George OATS, Killed in Action, 30 June 1915.

Martin O'DONOGHUE, Died of Disease, 26 December 1915.

Bernard Lindsay O'MULLANE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Sydney John O'NEILL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

George Booth ORMEROD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William Lyle OSBORNE, Died of Disease, 28 August 1917.

 

 

John Sydney PALMER, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Roger PALMER, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William Herbert PAPPIN, Killed in Action, 31 December 1916.

Ernest Cecil PARKES, Died of Wounds, 14 November 1917.

Raymond Walter PATTERSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frederick PAYNE, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Harold Frederick PEEL, Killed in Action, 19 October 1917.

Sydney PENTLAND, Died of Wounds, 1 November 1915.

William PERKINS, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Edgar Harold PETER-BUDGE, Killed in Action, 14 December 1917.

Herbert John PETERS, Killed in Action, 30 August 1915.

James Burnett PICKETT, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frank Radford POMERY, Killed in Action, 26 September 1917.

Frederick James POWELL, Killed in Action, 3 May 1917.

Allan PREECE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Dunkley PRICE, Killed in Action, 2 June 1918.

Godfrey Liddle PURVES, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

 

Richard Thomas RANDALL, Died of Wounds, 23 April 1917.

Victor Norman RAYMOND, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Harold REDFORD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frederick William REDMAN, Died of Wounds, 19 November 1917.

Charles Richard REESE, Died of Disease, 17 October 1918.

Thomas REGAN, Died of Disease, 2 July 1916 .

Charles Joseph REID, Died of Disease, 31 July 1916.

Michael Steveard REIDY, Killed in Action, 3 May 1917.

David ROBERTS, Died of Disease, 23 September 1915.

Henry George ROBERTS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Alfred Henry ROBERTSON, Died of Wounds, 25 December 1916.

Frederick RODERICK, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Noel Beresford Foster RUTLEDGE, Killed in Action, 3 June 1917.

 

 

Edmond Herbert SACKETT, Killed in Action, 8 October 1918.

Ernest Herbert SCOTT, Died of Wounds, 12 June 1917.

Victor William SCOTT, Died of Disease, 11 October 1918.

William George SHARPEN, Died of Wounds, 23 April 1917.

Archibald Samuel SHAW, Killed in Action, 9 August 1916.

John Alexander SHAW, Died of Wounds, 16 August 1915.

Ernest Lloyd SHEARSMITH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Herbert Steven SHELDON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Patrick SHINE, Killed in Action, 30 May 1917.

Kempson Albert John SKELLETT, Died of Wounds, 20 April 1917.

Alfred SMITH, Died of Wounds, 3 June 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Elion Lindsay SMITH, Killed in Action, 27 June 1915.

Frederick Arthur SMITH, Killed in Action, 5 April 1918.

Joseph SMITH, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

William SMITH, Died of Disease, 17 October 1918.

Edward Reuen SOMERVILLE, Died of Wounds, 11 August 1915.

Abraham Joseph STANFORD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Herbert Edward STANLEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

George STENZEL, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James Alexander STEWART, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Thomas STILL, Died of Wounds, 1 November 1917.

Ernest Cecil STOOKE, Killed in Action, 19 August 1918.

Bertie STOREY, Died of Accident, 18 June 1916.

Charles Clifford Denham St-PINNOCK, Killed in Action, 19 August 1916.

Charles Tyler SUTHERLAND, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Patrick Joseph SWEENEY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Stephen James SWEETLAND, Died of Wounds, 30 June 1915.

 

 

Nicholas D TACKABERRY, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Stanley Howard TAYLOR, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Arthur Norman TETLEY, Died of Wounds, 8 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

William George THEXTON, Died of Disease, 15 May 1916.

James Gordon Ford THOMPSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Reginald Thomas TILLETT, Died of Disease, 5 December 1916.

William TOLEMAN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William TOSH, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1915.

William John TOWN, Died of Wounds, 5 April 1918.

Angus Duncan TREWIN, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

George Thomas TURNER, Died of Wounds, 12 October 1917.

Stanley John TURNER, Killed in Action, 1 December 1917.

 

Roderick William URQUHART, 8th Light Horse Regiment, Killed in Action, 7 August 1916. 

 

Albert John WALKER, Died of Disease, 16 October 1918.

Reginald WALLACE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Thomas Alexander WALLACE, Killed in Action, 30 June 1915.

Claude Hallastone WALSH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Victor Kenneth WALTON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Richard WATSON, Killed in Action, 23 December 1916.

Alfred WATT, Killed in Action, 3 November 1917.

John Fortescue Law WEATHERHEAD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

William Bradley WELCH, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles Willoughby WESTON, Died of Disease, 28 October 1918.

Alexander Henry WHITE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Frank Issac WHITE, Killed in Action, 20 September 1917.

William John WHITE, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Eric WHITEHEAD, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Charles Prymont WILKINSON, Died of Wounds, 23 June 1915.

Roy WILLAN, Died of Wounds, 12 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Alfred Spedding WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Henry John WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 20 May 1918.

William WILLIAMS, Killed in Action, 19 April 1917.

Richard WILLIAMSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Cecil Sturt WILSON, Died of Wounds, 11 August 1915, and subsequently buried at sea.

Edward Henry WILSON, Died of Disease, 18 March 1916.

Elliot Gratton WILSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

James Joseph Reginald WILSON, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Norman Claude WILSON, Died of Disease, 18 October 1918.

Robert James WILTSHIRE, Died of Disease, 10 March 1916.

Charles Melbourne WINGROVE, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

John Wylie WINNETT, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1915.

Cecil Talbot WOODS, Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

Norman WOOKEY, Died of Wounds, 28 April 1917.

George Joseph Arthur WOOLLEY, Killed in Action, 1 November 1915.

Henry Patrick WRIGHT, Died of Wounds, 7 August 1916.

John Dorman WRIGHT, Killed in Action, 6 November 1917.

 

Charles Lyle YOUNG, Killed in Action, 3 July 1915.

 

Lest We Forget

 

Acknowledgement: Many thanks to Steve Becker who provided much of the raw material that appears in this item.
 

Further Reading:

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 27 March 2010 1:26 PM EADT
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account
Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR

Bir el Abd

Sinai, 9 August 1916

8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account

 

Captain Thomas Sidney Austin produced a unit history called The history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. which included a section specifically related to the battle of Bir el Abdand is extracted below.


Austin, TS, The history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F., unpublished manuscript.

 

The enemy was making a wonderful retirement and proved his knowledge of the country. At each hod, we would come upon a certain amount of ammunition and heavy gear abandoned in haste but throughout this day there was only skirmishing among the most advanced of our troops and the enemy rear-guard. Hammam was reached at sundown and bivouac made for the night, but at 4 a.m. on the 9th we were on the move again and heading for Bada. The Regiment was vanguard to the column on this date and. by half past 7 a.m. the screen (“C” Squadron.) was in touch with the enemy, 3000 strong, who were entrenched in a strong position 150 yards South of Bada Hod. Away up on the left was Bir el Abd and heavy fighting was heard going on there. The New Zealanders on the right of this line soon gained touch with us and then the Regiment attacked Bada. "A" Squadron took the centre, with B" on the right and "C" on the left. Our line charged in to within 400 yards of the redoubt, dismounted and settled down, the horses getting right back out of artillery range but not without first suffering heavy Casualties. There was little cover, what there was being made by scooping up the sand in front of one’s head.

“A" Squadron, under Major McAllister, was having a particularly bad time, also 2 Troops of "C" Squadron, under Lieut. McGrath, the latter being in a very exposed sector. The engagement kept up very fiercely throughout the day and the men especially the wounded suffered agonies of thirst and heat. The enemy artillery and machine gun fire was very accurate and our casualties were 2/Lieut. Buckland and 6 Other ranks killed, and 33 wounded. 5 of these died during the next few days. At dusk the enemy fiercely counter-attacked, and "A" Squadron was compelled to retire some distance, where the 9th. Light Horse came up and checked their advance. The two troops of “C" Squadron not receiving any orders were left in a very precarious position, being now almost in to Bada hod. On seeing the situation, however, they came out in to darkness along a small defile and ultimately joined up the rest of the Regiment.

The 9th Regiment taking over the line, we moved back to Millali and bivouacked, the next morning at 6 a.m. moving to Hassaniya, and thence in the afternoon back to the line to relieve the 9th again, where they had relieved us the day previous. At mid-night 4 patrols were sent out and these returned with reports that the enemy had evacuated their redoubts. Long before dawn we were all moving on rapidly and throughout that day advanced without opposition. Afternoon found us near Bir el Abd where an artillery duel took place against the enemy at Salmana. Horses and men were now showing signs of extreme distress from the arduous work, and as the troops were already too far removed from the supply bases, the chase was here given up. The Brigade was given a sector in the general scheme to protect, and the Regiment was sent back to Hillali where it spelled for a for hours, moving next morning to Hassaniya mere the whole Brigade camped for some time.

At Hassaniya we re-organised, blankets and clothing was got from Balagh Bunyon, [
sic. Bally Bunyan] and all enjoyed a fair spell.

 

Further Reading:

8th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916 

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 September 2009 8:05 AM EADT
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account
Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR

Battle of Romani

Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916

8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account

 

3rd Light Horse Brigade assembled after Romani Operations.

 

Captain Thomas Sidney Austin produced a unit history called The history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. which included a section specifically related to the Battle of Romani and is extracted below.


Austin, TS, The history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. :   

 

ROMANI

On the 4th of August, the whole camp was hurriedly roused just before the usual reveille time by hurried orders to saddle-up at once proceed to Hill 70 near Kantara, there to obtain our disposition orders to meet the Turks who were advancing through Katia on Romani. No one was allowed to carry anything on the saddle except rations and forage. Blankets, overcoats, and even tunics had to be left behind, all ranks appearing in shirt sleeves. The idea was to travel light.

We left Ballagh Bunyon [Note: Bally Bunion -
ed.] in brigade column at 0730 and reached Hill 70 at 1130, and received more rations. After some delay we started off Duiedar and about 8 p.m. took aver an outpost line for the night in the sand hills about 3 miles out to the North East of the hod. A couple of strays evidently lost from their column were captured here, but no other enemy were seen.

At dawn next morning the column started off due East to pick up touch with the enemy. The route went straight out into the glaring desert and a sigh of relief went up when Bir en Nuss was reached and water obtained for the horses. After a brief halt we were off again, heading for Nagid. Here the enemy were encountered and the 9th and 10th. Regiments sailed straight in and after a rapid fight succeeded in capturing about 600 prisoners. We were in reserve during this fight and had a Panoramic view of the whole show. At Nagid Hod the horses were again watered and the men had a couple of hours spell for tea. After dark a move was made back for Hod El Enna but the column losing touch with the advance guard got 'bushed' and bivouaced among the sand-hills for the night. No time was lost in getting off the mark next morning and Hamisah was reached about 9 a.m. and a halt called until mid-day. A good deal of abandoned material we found here including machine guns and ammunition, also a few wounded abandoned by the enemy ware brought in and tended. At noon still going East we were making for Daren and reaching that place without much opposition camped there for the night of the 6th./7th. 

 

Further Reading:

8th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916 

Bir el Abd, Sinai, 9 August 1916

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1919

 


Citation: Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 8th LHR, AIF, Unit History Account

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 27 October 2009 9:59 PM EADT

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