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5th Australian Light Horse Regiment Memorial

Description
Ornate marble and bronze Honour Board, displaying the major elements of Regimental insignia, Battle Honours, which are emblazoned on scrolls to either side of the main central elements, dedication plaque and carved Light Horse head. (Refer to additional images)
Location
Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square, Brisbane Qld 4000

Location of 5th 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 for ANZAC Day Services.

Additional information

The 5th Light Horse Regiment was raised in Brisbane in September 1914, entirely from men who had enlisted in Queensland, and became part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. Sailing from Sydney on 21 December 1914, the regiment disembarked in Egypt on 1 February 1915.

The Light Horse were considered unsuitable for the initial operations at Gallipoli, but were subsequently deployed without their horses to reinforce the infantry. The 2nd Light Horse Brigade landed in late May 1915 and was attached to the 1st Australian Division. The 5th Light Horse played a defensive role for most of the campaign but was involved in several minor attacks. It left the peninsula on 20 December 1915.

Back in Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse Brigade became part of the ANZAC Mounted Division and in February 1916 joined the forces defending the Suez Canal from a Turkish advance across the Sinai Desert. The 5th Light Horse's main activity in the Sinai was long-range patrolling, but it was involved in most of the major battles between 1916 and 1918:

Gaza-Beersheba
El Mughar
Nebi Samwill
Jerusalem
Jordan (Es Salt)
Jordan (Amman)
Megiddo
Nablus
Palestine 1917-1918

Turkey surrendered on 31 October 1918, but the 5th Light Horse was employed one last time to assist in putting down the Egyptian revolt of early 1919. It sailed for home on 28 June 1919.

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

Recorded by
QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
8 April 2009

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