Topic: AIF - 3B - 10 LHR
Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail. Over the following weeks, the Routine Orders for the 10th Light Horse Regiment will be posted. They are an almost complete collection from commencement as 7th Light Horse Regiment, "C" Squadron to reformation as the 10th Light Horse Regiment. It tells the story of the regiment in a way never touched by a unit history. What is revealed is the day to day lives faced by the men in the Regiment. It lists the highs and lows but in so doing, is the history of the common man.
This Routine Order provides a mine of information about the troop allotments of the new recruits who have just arrived from the rural centres.
In addition, a group from the north west of West Australia have enlisted and await shipment to Perth. In the meantime, they have been formed into a squad for training purposes. Again, the men are named giving a wealth of detail about these specific men and their movement into the Regiment. One name stands out immediately, that of the future 114 Acting Quartermaster Sergeant Wilfred Lukin Harper who died at the Nek during that fateful charge, 7 August 1915.
In addition to the recruits, there is a list of men who were discharged for medical reasons, failing the riding test and for their own personal reasons.
Major Love was scheduled to deliver a lecture and demonstration on drill at the Officers' Mess Room.
Citation: 10th LHR Routine Order No 6, 4 November 1914