The 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF was raised at Broadmeadows Victoria in September 1914 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander White and formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. The regiment served at Gallipoli where in a courageous but ill-fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 it suffered horrendous casualties including Lieutenant Colonel White. Rebuilt in Egypt under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC the regiment went on the serve throughout the Middle East Campaign. Colonel Maygar died of wounds at Beersheba when the regiment was attacked by enemy aircraft while waiting to follow up the successful charge of the 4th LH Brigade on 30 October 1917. The 8th Light Horse AIF was disbanded in 1919, but soon after re-raised as the 8th (Indi) Light Horse in the Citizen Military Forces, superseding 16th (Indi) Light Horse.
Part of a rare collection of photographs of 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF during WWI (1914-18).
Black and White photograph of group of soldiers of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF erecting Bell tents at Broadmeadows Army Camp. Row of pine trees in background: Large light pole in foreground. Photo is glued to plastic card.
Inscriptions & markings
[Br]oadmeadows. The 8th LH moving to the old lines of the 4th