"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
The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre aims to present an accurate history as chroniclers of early Australian military developments from 1899 to 1920.
The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre site holds over 12,000 entries and is growing daily.
This section explores the evolution of the Regiment from its first origins as a Commonwealth formation. Each year maps the movement of men and often locations of the various Squadrons and Troops. To get the flavour of the Regiment, it is best to begin the journey at 1903 and follow though each year till 1920.
The foundations of the Light Horse Regiments required the dedicated input from the pre-war Militia Light Horsemen. For the men in the Light Horse, it was an expensive experience and thus viewed as a rich man's club. The greatest cost was in providing your own horse. Horse in 1914 were just as expensive and time consuming to maintain as they are today.
The pre-war Militia study is sadly a neglected area of study. This is mainly through lack of records, something that is highlighted whenever someone asks a militia based question.
To rectify a small part, this is a series of individual portraits of the officers from the Victorian 29th Light Horse Regiment, and more specifically the Port Phillip Light Horse. Some of them served in the Great War and their service records are linked to their names.
The squadrons of the 29th Light Horse Regiments were located as follows:
A Squadron - Melbourne, Kew, and Caulfield.
B Squadron - Essendon, Bacchus Marsh, Melton, and Northcote.
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.
The pictures are a bit grainy because they are a copy of a copy of a copy. This series of pictures were taken during July/August 1914 at the following photographic studio:
The Alice Mills Studios The Centreway Collins Street Melbourne
While the Alice Mills Studios was a major Melbourne studio in the early part of the 20th Century, it has disappeared with a few traces in other businesses.
The above pictures are of men who provided the foundations for the Light Horse regiments that emerged through the AIF after 1914. Without their pioneering and self sacrificing work, the achievements of the Light Horse could well have taken a very different turn.
Below is a list of men who were known former members of the 29th (Port Phillip) Australian Light Horse who later served with the AIF during the Great War. The details listed are those at the time of AIF enlistment containing the rank, full name and unit in which he enlisted.
60 Sergeant Claude Edward APPS, 4th Light Horse Regiment
Captain Stephen John Wright ARMSTRONG, 4th Light Horse Regiment
853 Private James CARNEY, 8th Light Horse Regiment
Captain Joseph Terrell CROWL, 8th Light Horse Regiment
Major Arthur Vivian DEEBLE, 8th Light Horse Regiment
265 Sergeant Thomas Charles FORDE, 8th Light Horse Regiment
29th (Port Phillip) Australian Light Horse, Roll of Honour Topic: Militia - LHV - 29
29th (Port Phillip) Australian Light Horse
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 29th Australian Light Horse and gave their lives in service of Australia, whether as part of the Australian Imperial Force or another unit during the Great War.
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