"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
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Regimental number 312 Place of birth Ryde, Isle of Wight, England Religion Presbyterian Occupation Miner Marital status Widower Age at embarkation 34 Next of kin Father, W. Dimmick, Railway Store, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland Enlistment date 20 August 1914 Rank on enlistment Driver Unit name 2nd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/7/1 Embarkation details Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A15 Star of England on 24 September 1914 Rank from Nominal Roll Driver Unit from Nominal Roll 2nd Light Horse Regiment Fate Died of disease, dysentery, 3 March 1916 Age at death from cemetery records 37 Place of burial Cairo War memorial Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 338), Egypt. Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 3 Miscellaneous information from cemetery records Parents: William and Annie DIMMICK, Eildon Road, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland. Born at Ryde, Isle of Wight, England Other details Son of William and Annie Dimmick, Eildon Road, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland Place of burial Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. Row D, Grave No. 338
Acknowledgement: Many thanks to Steve Becker for providing additional information about Leonard Dimmick.
Lieutenant DB Wilson Second Lieutenant RH Sampson Second Lieutenant PS O'Shaughnessy, 9 December 1912 Second Lieutenant SS Searle, 28 February 1913 Second Lieutenant Alexander Joseph Watt, 28 February 1913
Second Lieutenant GM Shepherd, 28 October 1912 Second Lieutenant AJ Thompson, 9 December 1912 Second Lieutenant TM Young, 23 December 1912 Second Lieutenant Archibald Harold Bray, 1 September 1913 Second Lieutenant Edwin Cooper Derrington, 24 September 1913 Second Lieutenant Archibald Dick, 16 November 1913
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.
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The following weeks will see the various pages from the Hotchkiss Portable Machine Gun Handbook, the official manual issued by the company for the use of troops in the field. The Hotchkiss Gun was introduced in the Light Horse formations during the early months of 1917. The introduction of this robust and portable gun gave the Light Horse Regiments additional mobile fire power which considereably added to their ability to sustain light combat situations and defend against vastly numerically superior forces. Apart from being an excellent weapon, it was in much demand by the Turkish forces who considered the capture of a Hotchkiss Gun well worth any risks involved in the process. This is a manual produced in 1917 and illustrates the method by which the Hotchkiss Gun was packed and moved throughout the Palestine campaign.
22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 562, 27 January 1918 Topic: AIF - Fr - 22 Corps
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.
In this case, the 22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Orders for 1918 have been highlighted to illustrate the tempo of this formation from the beginning of the year towards the end of the war. The aim is to illustrate the tumultuous year that followed ending in the defeat of Germany. Too little is known of the role regarding the Light Horse in the drama on the Western Front. This should address some shortfalls of information.
22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 562, 27 January 1918
22nd Corps Cavalry Routine Order 562, 27 January 1918, p. 1.
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