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Re: Light Horse Officers

From: Bryn Dolan
Date: 11/16/2001
Time: 8:08:28 AM
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But Steve, if the guy was NOT in the Light Horse any longer; that is, he was no longer 'on strength' of a Light Horse regiment, then he was no more a Light Horse officer than an artillery or infantry officer. The Light Horse officer who died of his wounds in the Tank Redoubt was clearly not captured, and should not be included in any list of prisoners any more than say, Lieutenant Hanly, 5th LHR, who apparently died during a raid on Turkish trenches at Gallipoli. The Turks do seem to have recovered his body, but that's not the same as being taken prisoner. You say McElligott and Fender are 'listed there in the Light Horse'. Where is 'there'? According to sources soon after the end of the war, only 73 members of the AIF - of all arms - were ever captured by the Turks. If this is true, or even if it's only half the actual number, then it's really not even surprising that no Light Horse officer was ever captured.


B Dolan

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