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Re: 17th Light Horse

Date: 1/9/2002
Time: 11:52:07 PM
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Glenys: hate to disappoint you, dear lady, but there was NO 17th LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT in the AIF that served overseas in World War One! I believe it is a very good possibility that your cousin, Charles Russell, who you claimed to have died of wounds was in fact Trooper Charles Russell, regimental number 482, of the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment who enlisted 19 August 1914 and DIED OF DISEASE 12 January 1915. This information has been obtained from the Nominal Roll of the AIF. Having died of disease (DOD)on 12/01/1915, then there was no possibility that he was at Gallipoli. If this is your man, then I am afraid to say that what you have been told may be a family myth. You can check out his burial details on the CWGC site. The 17 ALH was a militia unit (I think) and the crest was the Prince of Wales plumes on top of 17 LH mounted on a boomerang with the inscription 'Prince of Wales Light Horse.'

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