Corps of Light Horse - Regimental Roll

Introduction

In 1948 the reorganisation of the Australian Army recognised 34 Regiments of Light Horse spread across Australia and New Zeeland. Eight of these were for full time service as part of the Regular Army (ARA), the other 26 were to be part of the Citizens Military Forces (CMF), as part time reservists. A further two CMF regiments were raised in the 1950’s bring the total to 36 where it has remained.

1st Royal NSW Lancers NSW
Auckland Mounted Rifles NZ
2nd Moreton Light Horse – Queensland Mounted Infantry Qld
3rd South Australian Mounted Rifles SA
4th Corangamite Light Horse VIC
Wellington (Queen Alexandria’s) Mounted Rifles
5th Charleville Light Horse Qld
6th NSW Mounted Rifles NSW
7th Australian Light Horse NSW
8th Indi Horse - Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
Canterbury Yeomanry NZ
9th South Australian Mounted Rifles SA
10th Western Australian Mounted Infantry WA
11th Darling Downs - Queensland Mounted Infantry Qld
12th Tasmanian Light Horse TAS
Otago Hussars NZ
13th Gippsland - Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
14th New England Light Horse NSW
15th Northern Rivers Lancers Qld
16th Hunter River Lancers NSW
Waikato Mounted Rifles NZ
17th Prince of Wales Light Horse VIC
18th Adelaide Lancers SA
19th Yarrowee Light Horse VIC
20th Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
21st Riverina Light Horse NSW
22nd Tasmanian Mounted Infantry TAS
Manawatu Mounted Rifles NZ
23rd Barossa Light Horse SA
24th Gwydir Light Horse NSW
25th West Australia Mounted Infantry WA
26th Macdonell and Musgrave NT
27th Cape York Light Horse Qld
28th Carpentaria Mounted Rifles NT
29th Ord River Rangers WA
30th Hamersley Light Horse WA

Regular Service Regiments

The eight Regiments taken into the Regular Army, form two Light Horse Brigades while providing two Regiments dedicated to the Reconnaissance role as Corps Troops. These latter are often referred to collectively as ‘The Cavalry’ and are usually assigned as to the 9th and 10th Divisions as 'DivCav'. While the Light Horse Brigades may be assigned to support a Division, grouped together, deployed independently as Brigades or parceled out as separate Regiments. Through the 1950's the common practice was to provide each Division with an additional Light Horse Regiment, with the the other four regiments were brigaded together as the Corps reserve.

Divisional Cavalry

1st Royal NSW Lancers
9th South Australian Mounted Rifles

1st Light Horse Brigade

Auckland Mounted Rifles
4th Corangamite Light Horse
10th Western Australian Mounted Infantry

2nd Light Horse Brigade

2nd Moreton Light Horse – Queensland Mounted Infantry
12th Tasmanian Light Horse
17th Prince of Wales Light Horse

Reserve Service Regiments

The CMF Light Horse Regiments undertake three distinct roles, the Reconnaissance and Mounted Infantry they share with the Regular Regiments, and a third which is unique to the CMF, Surveillance. This involves maintaining a presence via long range patrols over the large sparsely inhabited portion of Northern Australia. To do this Norforce retain a Horsed Squadron with each Regiment, and recruit heavily among the Aboriginal communities of the regions they patrol.

3rd South Australian Mounted Rifles SA
Wellington (Queen Alexandria’s) Mounted Rifles
5th Charleville Light Horse Qld
6th NSW Mounted Rifles NSW
7th Australian Light Horse NSW
8th Indi Horse - Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
Canterbury Yeomanry NZ
11th Darling Downs - Queensland Mounted Infantry Qld
Otago Hussars NZ
13th Gippsland - Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
14th New England Light Horse NSW
15th Northern Rivers Lancers Qld
16th Hunter River Lancers NSW
Waikato Mounted Rifles NZ
18th Adelaide Lancers SA
19th Yarrowee Light Horse VIC
20th Victorian Mounted Rifles VIC
21st Riverina Light Horse NSW
22nd Tasmanian Mounted Infantry TAS
Manawatu Mounted Rifles NZ
23rd Barossa Light Horse SA
24th Gwydir Light Horse NSW
25th West Australia Mounted Infantry WA
30th Hamersley Light Horse WA

Norforce

26th Macdonell and Musgrave Light Horse NT
27th Cape York Light Horse Qld
28th Carpentaria Mounted Rifles NT
29th Ord River Rangers WA

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