Prior to embarkation, the first 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, produced a photographic record of the Regiment. Since there are no other official photographs existing of this Regiment, this has become the best reference for that unit. We have named photographs of various members. Not many, but they are in this booklet. Also the various sub-units have been photographed. While we are not able to name the men in the photographs, we do have a record of their anonymous images.
12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A29 Suevic, 13 June 1915 and HMAT A44 Vestalia, 22 June 1915.
For a complete listing of the contents of the album, go to:
12th Australian Light Horse Regiment Embarkation Book Album Contents
For information about the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment in general, go to:
12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF
It will be noted that the men have dismounted in order that their horses may drink as comfortably as possible. Attention to little points like this counts for a great deal in a long march. The officer who knows his business insists upon his men giving their mounts every possible consideration. A distinguished British General at the time of the South African War declared: "I have found the Australians splendid horsemen but indifferent horse-masters." The care of the horse however, recognised in Australian military circles is a much more important matter than it was in those days, and the charge of being poor horse-masters will not hold good against the Australians in the present campaign.