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Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Double Squadrons, Contents
Topic: AIF - Double Sqns
Egyptian Expeditionary Force

Double Squadrons

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Citation: Egyptian Expeditionary Force,  Double Squadrons, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 24 July 2010 6:07 PM EADT
Sunday, 20 December 2009
The Australian Light Horse, AIF, Double Squadrons, Outline
Topic: AIF - Double Sqns

The Australian Light Horse, AIF

Double Squadrons

Outline

 

Definition

The Double Squadron Units at the Suez Canal

These were dismounted units formed in Egypt in June 1916 from light horse reinforcements for the defence of the Suez Canal.

 

Composition

1st Light Horse Double Squadron

Formed Egypt 6 July 1916 from 1st Light Horse Brigade reinforcements. This Double Squadron was broken up in November 1916 with the men being transferred to the newly formed 4th Camel Regiment.

 

2nd Light Horse Double Squadron

Formed Egypt 6 July 1916 from 2nd Light Horse Brigade reinforcements. This Double Squadron was broken up in November 1916 with the men being transferred to the newly formed 4th Camel Regiment.

 

3rd Light Horse Double Squadron

Formed Egypt 6 July 1916 from 3rd Light Horse Brigade reinforcements. This Double Squadron was broken up in November 1916 with the men being transferred to the newly formed 4th Camel Regiment.

 

Campaigns

Egypt

  • Sinai


Disbandment

The Double Squadrons were disbanded in November 1916 with most men transferring to the 4th Camel Regiment.

 

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Citation: The Australian Light Horse, AIF, Double Squadrons, Outline

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Thursday, 14 January 2010 7:10 AM EAST
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Double Squadrons
Topic: AIF - Double Sqns
 
Egyptian Expeditionary Force

Double Squadrons.

 

Between 28 December 1915 and February 1917, there was an oversupply of men in the Light Horse Regiments. When flushed with such riches, these highly trained men were squandered on various other projects. This solved short term problems but sowed the seeds for an acute shortage of trained light horsemen towards 1918. No regiment was ever up to full war strength again with every precious replacement being fought over like water in the desert.

When there was a plethora of men in the Light Horse Training Regiments, those that did not go to the artillery or service corps but remained as potential Light Horse replacements were formed into active service units known as Double Squadrons charged with the purpose of guarding the Suez Canal. Each Double Squadron was named after the Brigade from whence it was drawn. So the 1st Double Squadron was drawn from the 1st Light Horse Brigade which comprised men from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Light Horse Regiments. Similarly it was the same for the 2nd and 3rd Double Squadrons. These squadrons were formed in June 1916 although officially they were activated on 6 July 1916.

By November 1916 the threat to the Suez Canal had been removed and the purpose for the Double Squadrons no longer existed. The formations were broken up with most of the men from the Double Squadrons becoming the 4th Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps on 2 November 1916. Here most remained until the Imperial Camel Corps was disbanded on 1 July 1918 and the men transferred to the newly formed 5th Light Horse Brigade.

Some from the 11th and 12th LHRs remained attached to the Double Squadrons until the formation of the 4th Light Horse Brigade in February 1917. With the new brigade, the last Double Squadron ceased to exist.

 

 

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Citation: Double Squadrons

Posted by Project Leader at 2:12 PM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 August 2009 4:58 PM EADT

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