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8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection North Bandiana, Vic

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection is staffed by volunteers from the Regimental Association and contains documents, photographs and objects relating to citizen soldiers from Northeast Victoria and date from the late nineteenth century through to the present day.

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Milpo Bandiana Vic 3694
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+61 0400 212 831

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Opening Hours

By appointment only

Location

Building 129 Carlisle Drive North Bandiana Vic

Anthony 'AJ' Hunter 26 November 2017 9:22 PM

A fantastic start - I hope to see more of your collection in the future

Barry Hacker 6 December 2017 6:16 AM

I have been following your work with great interest. All 8/13 VMR Association volunteers are to be congratulated. Well done.

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729 items

729 items

Booklet

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Natural covered booklet " Owen gun Instruction Book " published by Lysaght's Port Kembla July 1942 to accompany weapons manufactured at te Company's plant. 42 pages and fold out sheet, stapled.

Historical information

The Owen Machine Carbine was designed and manufactured in Australia in 1942 when Australia was in desperate need of weapons.The OMC proved highly effective and remained in service till 1960s.

Significance

Rare publication to accompanyweapon designed and manufactured in Australia during WW11

Plaque

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Stained wooden shield - shaped plaque with 8th Cavalry Regiment insignia and two engraved panels.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919. It had its headquarters at Benalla with sub-units throughout the Upper Murray and Northeast Victoria. In December 1941,the regiment converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 it became 8th Cavalry Regiment and served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded. The regimental association visited the 8/13th VMR Museum at Buna Barracks Albury on occasions.

Significance

Well made plaque in fine condition commemorating a WWII Regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top panel " Presented to 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum Albury.". Lower Panel " From 8th Cavalry Regiment Victoria 1986."

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles officers and guests at a Dining In dinner 22 April 1989. From left : Major Gordon Cole, Captain Peter Hartung, Major ian Docking, Lieutenant Arrowsmith.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Place Mat

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Circular decorative silver place mat engraved at centre, with plastic base

Inscriptions & Markings

" Presented by WO 1 D.J. Roberts February 1982 "

Mug

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Silver plated mug with handle and inscribed on side.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion and deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. The regiment was disbanded at the end of the war, 1945. 20th Light horse was the only light horse unit to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of pewters presented by officers of a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period between the World Wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

"20th Light Horse Regiment / Presented by / Lieut R G Pryor 16-10-39"

memorabilia

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Collection of memorabilia mounted in a stained wooded frame. Items relate to 3893 Private Duncan McInnes of the 21st Infantry Battalion 5th Brigade AIF and include: Death medallion, British War medal, Victory Medal; cameo photo, Mother's badge, 'Australia' shoulder title, small gold medallion "For King and Country" surmounted by a field gun, small gold medallion 'Gallipoli 1915' engraved "DMcI". This display is co-mounted with memorabilia relating to Driver Charles Gibson 10th Battery 4th Field Artillery Brigade. (See item 0030)

Historical information

Regt No 3893 Private Duncan McInnes was born at Renfrew Scotland. He enlisted at age 18 years and 2 months and was allocated to 21st Infantry Battalion. He gave his occupation as labourer and his next-of-kin's address as Ascot Vale Victoria. He had served two years in Senior Cadets prior to enlistment in AIF. He was killed in action in Pozieres region on 26 August 1916.

Significance

Fine example of memorabilia from Army and community sources relating to young soldier killed in 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

On strip above collection: "3893 Pte D McInnes 21st Bn KIA France 26/8/1916. Donated by Mrs J Dickinson"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed coloured photograph of mounted troops with drawn sabres being an escort from 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop escorting the Governor General Sir Zelman and Lady Cowan at Bandiana 4 December 1981. Escort is commanded by Captain Robert Morrison riding to the right of the official car..

Historical information

Sir Zelman Cowan was Governor General of Australia, December 1977-July 1982. The 8/13 VMR Light Horse Heritage Troop was an extra curricular activity of the 8/13th VMR. Captain (later Major) Robert Morrison, a keen horseman, was the prime mover in raising the troop. All riders were serving soldiers.

Significance

Representative example of activities of a Heritage Troop of a serving Royal Australian Armoured Corps regiment providing a vice regal escort at a rare and historic event for the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC) and the Australian Army.

Inscriptions & Markings

Card panel " 8/13 VMR Light Horse / Troop Escort / to their Excellencies Sir Zelman and Lady Cowan at / Bandiana on the occasion of the / Presentation of the Sovereign's Banner to the Royal Australian Army / Ordnance Corps / 4 Dec 1981"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of five members of the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Light Troop which provided the escort to the Reviewing Officer, Colonel G. K. Howard.

Historical information

‘A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted a parade at Buna Barracks, Albury on Sunday 1 May 1988 to mark the 103rd Anniversary of the formation of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and the 40th Anniversary of the linking of the 8th (Indi), 13th (Gippsland) and 20th (Victorian Mounted Rifles) Light Horse Regiments to form the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Colonel G K Howard, Director of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps was the Reviewing Officer. The Pipes and Drums of the 5th/6th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment provided the music for the occasion. Following the parade Colonel Howard officially opened the Regimental Museum.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and White photograph mounted on chipboard backing with black chamfered edges showing 7 Ferret Scout cars in two ranks in parade order on a road in a rural setting flanked by gum trees.

Historical information

Trooping of the 20th Light Horse guidon through the streets of Seymour Victoria to mark a significant occasion in the towns long connection with the Regiment. A parade involving seven Ferret Scout cars was an unusual event. This photograph was displayed in the ORs Mess at the 8th/13th VMR depot Wangaratta until closure of the depot when the photo was passed to the Regimental Collection.

Significance

Rare photograph of a mounted escort to a regimental guidon during the 1970s using ferret scout cars.

Inscriptions & Markings

On plastic name plate at centre lower edge of photo "B Squadron 8th/13th VMR 20th LH Guidon and Escorts, Seymour. Commanders L to R Front Row Lt. Mclean, Sgt. Roue, W.O.1 Pratt, Sgt. Walters, Sgt. Pethybridge.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of soldier in AIF uniform including slouch hat, being Driver W Howse, 13th Battery, 5th FAB ( Albury Battery ). Pasted to card backing.

Historical information

Driver William A Howse was an 18 year old shop assistant serving with the 17th Battery Australian Field Artillery, Albury’s militia battery, when he volunteered for the AIF in 1915 with 150 other members and ex-members of the battery. He served as a Driver in the 13th Battery (Albury Battery) 5th Field Artillery Brigade throughout the war.

Significance

Representative of the youth of Albury citizen soldiers serving in WWI.

Manual

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Green coloured vinyl covered manual, 322 pages, bound with metal screws being Maintenance Manual Truck Cargo 2.5 Ton CL Ford D400. Publisher not stated./

Historical information

Corporal L. Frohling served with the Tech Support Troop and later Workshop Troop of 8/13 VMR in 1970s and 1980s.Technical manuals and User Handbooks were essential equipment for Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) tradesmen permanently attached to Armoured Corps regiments as Light Aid Detachments (LAD) or AFV Workshops and were responsible for repairs and maintenance of a nature beyond the expertise of AFV crewmen and just short of major rebuilds undertaken by Base Workshop detachments.

Significance

Part of a collection of workshop manuals and user handbooks relating to equipment on issue to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover " L. Frohling " Ink stamps on title page " 13 April 1970." RAEME Att. 1 COD Bandiana and ' 8/13 VMR regimental Collection "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of Lieutenant John Burke, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles followed by the VMR Heritage Troop on Anzac Day at Tocumwal NSW 1989

Historical information

The 8/13 VMR provided soldiers to Anzac Day marches and services in NE Victoria and Southern NSW.The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Hat

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Khaki fur felt slouch hat with emu plumes, seven fold puggaree and bronze 20th Australian Light Horse bat badge with red felt backing.

Historical information

Head gear of the 20th Australian Light Horse Regiment. This regiment was raised post-World War One (1914-18) with headquarters at Seymour Victoria and depots in towns in the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern New South Wales. The regiment changed its role to infantry during World War Two (1939-45) and served in Dutch New Guinea, It was the only light horse of the militia period to serve outside Australian territory during WWII.

Significance

Representative of the headgear complete with emu plumes and regimental badge of an historic Australian Light Horse regiment which existed between 1920 and 1945.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of soldier mounted on horse. Part of 20th Light Horse collection.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

Inscriptions & Markings

" Warrant Officer V.G. Groutsch MM C Squadron 20th ALH. Served through ( out ) with Regt. to 20 Pnr Bn. until disbanded Captain on Discharge. "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed black and white photograph of officer wearing black beret with 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles hat badge. Inscription panel on lower frame.

Historical information

Lieutenant Colonel { A ) Cunningham joined 8/13 VMR in 1948.He rose through the ranks to become Commanding Officer 1962 - 1965 The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment..

Significance

One of a collection of photographic portraits of Commanding Officers and Officers Commanding of the regiment/independent squadron from its inception in 1947 to its linking with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Lt. Col. A Cunningham ED 1962 - 1965 "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of Squadron Sergeant Major P. Clarke leading No1 Guard on to parade ground.

Historical information

‘A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted a parade at Buna Barracks, Albury on Sunday 1 May 1988 to mark the 103rd Anniversary of the formation of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and the 40th Anniversary of the linking of the 8th (Indi), 13th (Gippsland) and 20th (Victorian Mounted Rifles) Light Horse Regiments to form the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Colonel G K Howard, Director of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps was the Reviewing Officer. The Pipes and Drums of the 5th/6th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment provided the music for the occasion. Following the parade Colonel Howard officially opened the Regimental Museum.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of Officer Commanding ' A ' Squadron 8/3 Victorian Mounted Rifles Major Robert Morrison presenting tankard to Sergeant Jason of Wangaratta at the Squadron Ball 7 October 1989.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of seven servicemen, 4 in AIF uniform, 1 in 8/13 VMR uniform,1 in RAN uniform and 1 in RAAF uniform. Part of a collection of photographs collected during the life of the regiment and passed to the Heritage Collection when it was formalised in the early 1980s.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" A. Veitch, K. Kothoff ( RAN ), Maurie Davis, Ian McKay, John Neale, John Larkin. Bill Purcell. "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of three soldiers standing in front of Doodlebug Scout Car, dressed in " tank" overalls and berets. The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" George Atkinson, Regt./Cadet, John Bullock.

Newspaper

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed photograph of an extract from "The Benalla Ensign" of Friday November 4 1938 reporting on the Governor General's escort drawn from the 8th Light Horse Regiment. The frame is black painted wood with gold trim.

Historical information

Lord and Lady Gowrie visited Benalla on 26 October 1938 leaving next day for Shepparton. The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919. It had its headquarters at Benalla with sub-units throughout the Upper Murray and Northeast Victoria. In December 1941, the regiment converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 it became 8th Cavalry Regiment and served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded.

Significance

Well prepared memento of vice-regal visit to regional centre and escort duty by the local regiment.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of Honorary Colonel, Colonel J.A. Neale being received on the parade . Beside dais is Sergeant D. Reynolds, the parade compere.

Historical information

A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted a parade at Buna Barracks, Albury on Sunday 1 May 1988 to mark the 103rd Anniversary of the formation of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and the 40th Anniversary of the linking of the 8th (Indi), 13th (Gippsland) and 20th (Victorian Mounted Rifles) Light Horse Regiments to form the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Colonel G K Howard, Director of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps was the Reviewing Officer. The Pipes and Drums of the 5th/6th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment provided the music for the occasion. Following the parade Colonel Howard officially opened the Regimental Museum.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of 2 soldiers standing behind M 113 Armoured Fitters Vehicle. Soldiers are trooper J. French and Corporal P. Ziebarth, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

‘A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles took part in Bicentennial Parade at Wodonga 2 January 1988. Parade included Light Horse Heritage Troop, Historical Vehicle Club and current armoured vehicles.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph showing 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment marching past saluting dais at Buna Barracks Albury during Farewell Parade 1976.

Historical information

In 1977 the 8th/13th VMR was reduced to Independent status titled ' A Squadron 8/13 VMR".. This is one of a collection of photographs found at the Cobram Tip. They were handed to local Member Tim McCurdy MLA who handed them on to former 8/13th Sergeant Adrian Younger who in turn placed them in the Regimental Collection,

Booklet

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

" Series of three booklets " War Books for Soldiers and Civilians " published by Robertson & Mullens Limited Melbourne, c 1942. " Bren Gun Simplified ", Vickers Gun Simplified and " Grenade Training Simplified", Soft cover, saddle stitched and stapled.

Historical information

In 1942, Australia believed invasion by Japanese was a real possibility and the civilian population had to be prepared to resist in ebery way possible,

Significance

Rare example of commercially published training material for VDC and civilian use in case of invasion WW11.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed photograph of Trooper G. Ellison - Re enactment of trooper in full flight

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and White photograph mounted on fluted plastic card of large group of soldiers, civilians and children on railway station.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 8th Light Horse B Squadron on North Williamstown Station "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of line of General Grant tanks- mounted on pineboard

Inscriptions & Markings

B. Squadron, 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Puckapunyal 1953

Oil painting - Lagnicourt AD 1917

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed print of oil painting by Captain Albert Borella VC MM of the action at Lagnicourt in which Captain Percy Herbert Cherry was awarded the Victoria Cross. There is a title plaque attached to the lower centre of the heavy stained wooden frame.

Historical information

The original oil painting was discovered at Army Museum Bandiana, unframed and badly damaged. Repairs were made by Albury artist Shirley Monte and the canvas was framed by 8/13 VMR museum staff. It hung in the VMR museum till its closure in 2009 when the painting was returned to Army Museum Bandiana. This print was made during reframing. Captain Percy Herbert Cherry MC was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action during the capture of Lagnicourt on 26 March 1917. Cherry was serving in the 26th Battalion AIF which was Albert Borella’s battalion. The painting show Captain Cherry as he rushes the enemy position in the stable yard of a large farm on the edge of the village. Cherry was killed by shell fire the following day. Albert Borella, a keen amateur painter and himself a VC recipient, was an Albury resident from 1945 till his death in 1968.

Significance

A rare painting by a VC recipient of the historic action of a fellow recipient of the Victoria Cross. It is well provenanced and of social importance to the Australian Army, Albury and Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lagnicourt AD 1917 / The last fight of Capt Percy Cherry VC MC AIF / Painted by Capt AC Borella VC MM MID AIF"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph mounted on card of six soldiers outside a ridge tent in a camp. Three are in shirt sleeves: two are wearing tunics,, one is wearing bandolier, hat with plumes. Part of 20th Light Horse collection

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

Uniform

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Green tank suit worn by crewmen of armoured fighting vehicles in 1970s; five patch pockets, one with slots for pencils. Full length front zip fastener.

Historical information

This version of a crewman's overall replaced two earlier versions of the garment, one black in colour and the second green. This version dispensed with the internal over-the-shoulder braces. Replaced in 1990s by garment in disruptive pattern material.

Significance

Representative of uniform worn by tank crewmen in period 1972-89.