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11th Australian Light Horse Regiment Memorial

Description
Ornate marble memorial dedicated to the men of the 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment, who served during the First World War. Displaying commemorative elements of crossed rifles, slouch hat, with plumes, battle honopurs and total killed and wounded during the war.
Location
Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square, Brisbane Qld 4000

Location of 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment Memorial

Inscription
Refer to additional images.
Conflicts commemorated
First World War, 1914-1918
Unit Memorials
Memorial type
Honour Board
Commemorative services held
The Shrine of Memories is utilised on ANZAC Day.
Additional information

The formation of the 4th Light Horse Brigade, and the 11th Light Horse Regiment as part of it, was announced on 11 February 1915. Two squadrons of the 11th Light Horse were subsequently formed in Queensland, and a third in South Australia. The regiment was united for the first time at Fraser's Paddock Camp, outside Brisbane, on 2 May 1915. It sailed from Australia in two contingents in June 1915. The first contingent was landed at Aden on 12 July to reinforce the British garrison there against a predicted enemy attack; they re-embarked on 18 July without having seen action.

The regiment was reunited in Egypt on 23 July 1915 and began training as infantry, having been ordered to leave its horses in Australia. A month later it deployed to Gallipoli. The regiment was again split up, to reinforce three light horse regiments already ashore - A Squadron went to the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron to the 5th, and C Squadron to the 9th. It was not reunited until 12 February 1916, by which time all of the AIF troops from Gallipoli had returned to Egypt.

Returning to its mounted role, the 11th Light Horse joined the forces defending the Suez Canal on 20 July 1916. In ensuing months it conducted patrols and participated in several forays out into the Sinai Desert. It gained the following Battel Honours as a result of service in the war:

Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915-1916, Romani, Egypt 1915-1917, Gaza-Beersheba, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil|Jerusalem, Jordan (Es Salt), Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917-1918, Damascus 1918.

(Source: Australian War Memorial - www.awm.gov.au)

Recorded by
QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
8 April 2009

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