The following photographs are from the individual pages which made up the War Diary and Routine Orders of the 12th Light Horse Regiment from reformation in Egypt in 1916 until the final days in Egypt prior to embarkation in July 1919.
The Routine Orders, the item which is the purest history of a unit. It is the unvarnished story detailing aspirations and events as they unfolded without any gloss attached to them as they are written to maintain the efficiency of a Regiment on a day to day basis.
The Routine Orders of the 12th Light Horse Regiment are not complete and so are filed as found. During and after the conclusion of the war, no great imperative was felt for their preservation. Their needs had been served and so preservation was of the lowest order. That we have them today is a blessing and we can only thank the foresight of the clerk who preserved what we have now.
To add further to the Regimental story, the War Diary entries for the periods covered by the Routine Orders are placed in line. They should be read in conjunction to get a clear picture of the Regiment.
For a complete listing of the Routine Orders in this album, go to:
12th Light Horse Regiment Routine Orders, 1916 - 1919, Contents.
For all other information on the 12th Light Horse Regiment go to:
12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF
12th Australian Light Horse Regiment Routine Order No. 512, 19 September 1917, p. 1