2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment Memorial

Location of 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment Memorial

Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square
Brisbane QLD 4000

Ornate marble and bronze Honour Board, displaying the elements of dedication to the regiment, including a small carved Light Horseman and 'Waler', with the total commemoration of those killed and wounded during the First World War.


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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 2nd Light Horse Regiment was raised at Enoggera in Queensland on 18 August 1914. Its recruits came mainly from Queensland but some hailed from the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales. The 2nd was one of three regiments of the 1st Light Horse Brigade - the first Australian mounted formation raised by Australia during the First World War. The regiment sailed from Brisbane on 25 September and disembarked in Egypt on 9 December.

The 2nd Light Horse Regiment deployed to Gallipoli without its horses and landed there on 12 May 1915, joining the New Zealand and Australian Division. It played a defensive role for most of the campaign but did attack the Turkish trenches opposite Quinn's Post, one of the most contested positions along the ANZAC Line. The 2nd was withdrawn from the front line in September and left the peninsula on 18 December. Back in Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse joined the ANZAC Mounted Division.

The Regiment played a part in many of the major Battles in the Middle East:

Egypt 1915-1917
El Mughar
Nebi Samwill
Jordan (Es Salt)
Jordan (Amman)
Palestine 1917-1918

Turkey surrendered on 30 October 1918. The 2nd Light Horse Regiment sailed for Australia on 13 March 1919 without their horses, which were either shot or transferred to Indian cavalry units.

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

Recorded by
Qld War Memorial Register
Date recorded
8 April 2009

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