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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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815 items

815 items

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 13 soldiers wearing battledress uniform, boots, gaiters, berets with 8/13 VMR badges, and basic webbing and pistol holsters. This is standard dress for Armoured vehicle crewmen. Lieutenant Bill Russell at centre.

Historical information

An 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles detachment mountrd in armoured vehicles led the Anzac Day march in Albury between 1950 and 1970. Other soldiers identified in the group include :- John and Ken Beach, Jim Marki, Bill Cameron,Dick Cole, Eric Roberts, Terry Clarkson and Jack Verloop.

Significance

Collection of photographs showing an armoured regiment of the Citizen Forces in the 1960s as it transitioned from wheeled armoured vehicles to tanks to M113 armoured personal carriers.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Anzac Day 1963 Garden End Dean Street

Photograph

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

Lance Corporal R. Van De Velde, ' A ' Squadron 8/13 VMR during Exercise ' Northern Explorer' September 1988. LCpl Van De Velde has a collection of Pandamus Palm nut prematurely ripened by fire near King River Northern Territory.

Historical information

In 1988, as part of a Defence of Mainland Australian policy, defence of facilities of strategic importance in northern Australia were allocated to Army Reserve units. ‘A’ Squadron was allocated the defence of Tindal Air Force base located 15 KM outside Katherine in Northern Territory. Consequently the Squadron deployed on Exercise ‘Northern Explorer’ to gain first-hand knowledge of operating conditions for mounted and dismounted patrolling in the area.

Figurine

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

Metal figurine on a turned wooded base depicting an hussar. Wraparound inscribed plaque on base.

Historical information

The British Army 14th/20th King's Hussars was affiliated with 20th Australian Light Horse Regiment [date ?] . This affiliation carried over to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1948 and is now maintained in the affiliation of the Queens Royal Hussars and 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse following various amalgamations and linkings.

Significance

Rare example of a gift between British and Australian regiments.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Presented to 8th/13th Victoria (sic) Mounted Rifles by all ranks 14th/20th King's Hussars on the occasion of the presentation of our new Guidon / 12 June 1982"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph mounted on card of eight soldiers enjoying a cup of tea. There are Bell tents and horses in the background.

Historical information

Possibly reinforcements to 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF training at Broadmeadows prior to proceeding ovrtseas.

Significance

Good image of " soldiers at rest " during training WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprinted across lower edge of card " J. Colquhoun Photo - Broadmeadows Camp 1915 - 1 Donald Street, Prahran ."

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 3 men on turret of a Centurion tank during 8/13 VMR Annual camp'

Historical information

8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted Annual Camp at Puckapunyal 1969. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Puckapunyal 1969. Major General Daley, Lt. Jim Horsley

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 hat badge. Inscription panel on lower frame.

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

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. Hibberd ED EM 155 - 1959 "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Regimental Colonel, Colonel Coleman presenting shield to young officer during the Farewell Parade at Buna Barracks Albury 1976.

Historical information

In 1977 the 8/13 VMR was reduced to Independent Squadron status titled " A Squadron 8/13 VMR. Thos 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 8/113th Sergeant Adrian Younger who in turn placed them in the Regimental Collection.

Phptograph

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

Black and white photograph of two Doodlebug Scout Cars behind gravel heaps. Group of soldiers standing to rlght of photograph.One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

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 Squadron nattering at ?

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 4 soldiers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles at a road side break during a driving exercise, 1986.

Historical information

While many recruits could already drive when they joined 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles it took many hours of instruction and training before they were licenced to drive heavier, more complex army vehicles both on and off road and under combat conditions.Members of the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) were posted to Army Reserve units in the 1980s and 1990s. They were rarely posted to Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) but were invaluable in the A1 Echelon driving fuel, ammunition, ration and water supply vehicles.

Inscriptions & Markings

From left : Corporal M. Roberts, Private T. Roche, Corporal Tewson and Trooper Bowerman.

Field Notebook - Army Book 152 / Correspondence Book / (Field Service)

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

Natural coloured soft cover bound carbon copy duplicate book. Book has been used for routine correspondence and reports.

Historical information

Field notebook was used by Lieutenant LA Deegan 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1st Anzac Corps Mounted Troops. Book covers the period 20 July 1917 to 1 September 1917.

Significance

The notebook is well provenanced and is a rare example of the day-to-day correspondence conducted by a regimental officer of a light horse regiment serving on the Western Front in 1917. The contents of the book are of historical significance and were used in "My Corps Cavalry" Doug Hunter, Slouch Hat Publications,1999. Carbon copies are legible and the general condition of the object is good considering its age.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of three soldiers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles preparing for firing the 84 mm Carl Gustav Medium Anti- tank Weapon at Puckapunyal.

Historical information

A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted an annual range day at Puckapunyal at which soldiers undertook instruction leading to qualification in a range of weapons including M26 Grenade, 84mm Carl Gustav Medium Antitank Weapon (MAW) and both .30 calibre and .50 calibre machine guns.

plate

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

White circular shaped side plate with a red monogram incorporating the regimental badge in the rim denoting the object was made specially for 13th Light Horse Officers' Mess. The red on white is the colour patch of the regiment.

Historical information

Presented as part of a collection of memorabilia from the former 13th Light Horse Regiment to 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles when it was raised in May 1948 as the descendent regiment of the 8th, 13th and 20th Light Horse Regiments.

Significance

Well provenanced link to an historic Victorian mounted regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

"13th (Gippsland) LH Regt" above regimental badge, and "Officers' Mess" below badge. Marked on base of plate " 'Duraline' Supervitrifies Grindley Hotelware Co England" and "Loftus Moran Pty Ltd Melbourne"

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Corporal Nigel Morris, a member of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop which mounted a Lance - Guard at the film screening at Albury 11 September 1987

Historical information

‘A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian mounted Rifles hosted a special screening of the movie “The Lighthorsemen” at the Regent Theatre Albury on 11 September 1987. The official party included the Area Commander Albury-Wodonga Military Area, Honorary Colonel 8/13 VMR and Officer Commanding ‘a’ Squadron 8/13 VMR. The VMR Heritage Troop mounted a Lance-Guard in the theatre foyer and the Albury City Band played prior to the screening. Proceeds from the function were donated to Legacy.

Photograph

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

Framed black and white photograph of large group of soldiers arranged in tiers in front of a two storey building.

Historical information

In order to deal with the expected influx of trainees under the universal training scheme, courses were held to train instructors in regiments and batteries in the Riverina area. No 6 was held at Albury utilising the facilities of the Albury Show Grounds. Colour-Sergeant George A Williams, a citizen soldier, conducted a painting and decorating business in Albury. The building forming the background continued to be used for military purposes up to and including WWII (1939-45). The 2/23rd Battalion (Albury's Own) AIF was raised here in 1940. Following the war the Show Society moved to a larger site, the building was demolished and the whole site became part of The Scots School.

Significance

Rare photograph of main pavilion at Albury Showground being utilised for military purposes in 1912. This building continued to be used for military purposes up to 1945 when the Showground moved to a larger site and the building was demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

"No 6 Special School of Instn Albury 1912" and below photo: "Taken at the old Showground Young St Albury 1912. Back row, 5th from left: George Williams"; and "Photographer D Bennet next to Bank of New South Wales, Albury"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of infantry dismounting from an M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier operated by 8/13 VMR on exercise at Puckapunyal, circa 1970

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

Colour photograph of Pipes and Drums of 5/6 Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment leading ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles on to the parade ground.Pipe Major : Sergeant Cox, Drum Major private Dennahy.

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

Collection of three photographs of soldiers and vehicles of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles training at Puckapunyal during Exercise " Fiery Cauldron " 5 - 20 March 1988.

Historical information

In the period 5-20 March 1988, ‘A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles participated in an exercise conducted at Puckapunyal by 4th Infantry Brigade (Reserve) codenamed ‘Fiery Cauldron’. Other units participating included 5th/6th Battalion and 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment, 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment and 1st Armoured Regiment. The training focussed on armoured/infantry cooperation, in particular the use of armoured personnel carriers.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of line of vehicles with WW11 Jeep leading, preparing to move to Wodonga for the Bicentenial Parade 2 January 1988.

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 aerial photograph of column of horses in desert terrain

Document

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

Typed Administrative Instruction for A Squadron 8/13 VMR support to Festival of Canberra 10-13 March 1988. Four pages including nominal roll.Light Horse Troop provided mounted guard for the re-naming of Canberra ceremony and participated in Festival Parade.

Historical information

On Canberra Day held on 12 March 1988, a ceremony is conducted to commemorate the relocation of the Commencement Column Monument (also known as the Commemoration Stone) on Capital Hill. The Light Horse Heritage Troop of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles supported the event. The monument was originally designed to have a 20 metre column to signify the Commonwealth. It was to be erected on a hexagonal base comprising six granite blocks, one from each of the original States of the Commonwealth, on the land axis between Capital Hill and Camp Hill. Whilst the column was never completed, the hexagonal base was constructed and, on 12 March 1913, three foundation stones were laid, by the then Governor-General Lord Denman, the Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, and the Minister of Home Affairs the Hon. King O'Malley, to commemorate the founding and naming of Canberra as the national capital. In 1981 the 63 stones making up the monument were removed from Capital Hill and stored prior to the commencement of excavation work for the new Parliament House. Following a Joint Standing Committee recommendation in 1987, the Commencement Column monument is relocated 'on the land axis immediately north of the parade ground associated with the new Parliament House'.

Water Bottle

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

Metal water bottle with Bakelite cap and felt covering and leather strap of the type issued to soldiers of the German army probably during WW II (1939-1945), but possibly during WWI (1914-1918).

Historical information

This object was found on a rubbish tip by a soldier serving in the Army Reserve and donated as an object of military interest to the Regimental Collection.

Significance

Souvenir of enemy equipment of likely interest in Australia during and immediately following the war. Discarded as interest in the war diminished.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Captain John McLean 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles with trophy from 3rd Division Shooting competition 1977

Significance

Historic Artistic Research Social Provenance Rare. Condition Interpretive

Inscriptions & Markings

" 3 Div Small Arms Competition 1977, Captain J. McLean "

Bronze plaque

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

Large bronze plaque to the memory of Captain Robert Westrup Salmon who died of Enteric Fever while serving with the 1st Contingent Victorian Mounted Rifles during the Boer War. A framed display with photograph of the donor Captain Watson handing the plaque to Officer Commanding 'A' Squadron 8/13 VMR at Buna Barracks Albury in 1984 now accompanies the bronze plaque.

Historical information

Captain Robert Westrup Salmon was born at Daisy Hill near Talbot 12 July 1862. He joined the Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1883; was commissioned Lieutenant in 1892 and appointed Adjutant (Volunteer) of 2nd Battalion VMR in 1892. He embarked with the 1st Contingent VMR to South Africa in 1899 with the rank of captain. At the battle of Jasfontein (Garsfontein) he was highly complimented in the London Times and other English newspapers for the skilful manner in which he handled the Mounted Infantry under his command. At the time of his death from Enteric Fever on 16 March 1900 at Naauwpoort South Africa he was Staff Captain of the Australian Regiment. Captain Salmon was a councillor of the Borough of Talbot, trustee of the Racing Club and the Cemetery; member of the Board of Directors of the MUIOOF; past master of the Masonic Lodge; church warden of St Michael’s Church Talbot and secretary of the Fire Brigade. The plaque was discovered by retired Military Police officer, Captain Watson and donated to 8/13 VMR Museum circa 1983.

Significance

Rare example of a memorial plaque to an officer of the Boer War. It is not known where or if it was originally mounted but a church building would seem likely.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cast in raised lettering surrounding a Victorian Mounted Rifles badge "The tribute of the Officers of the Victorian Mounted Rifles Non-Commissioned Officers & Men to the memory of Captain RS Salmon Talbot who died at Naauwpoort South Africa 16th Mar. 1900"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of seven servicemen, 4 in AIF uniform, 1 in RAN uniform and 1 in RAAF uniform. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

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

" Anzac Day Colour Party 1950"

Document

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

Typed Administrative Instruction for ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Support to Beechworth Easter Parade and Harrietville Bi - Centennial Spectacular 2 - 3 April 1988. Eight Pages including Nominal Roll.

Historical information

Example of planning involved in local regimental support to communities in North East Victoria.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Major R. Morrison, Officer Commanding ' A ' Squadron, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles speaking at the opening of the regimental Museum. Other Officers are Colonel J.A. Neale, and 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

Collection of four colour photographs of ' A ' Squadron, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles cooks preparing food for Cambrai Dinner at Buna Barracks, Albury. Segeant Cooks J. Robinson, K. Muller wearing chef's hat, Corporal Cooks T^weson wearing tee shirt and B. lewis.

Historical information

Armoured Corps Regiments celebrate the first successful attack by tanks near village of Cambrai, France, 30 November 1917.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Shopfront set up as temporary Recruiting Office for 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Mannequin and photographs visible in interior of building.

Historical information

In 1965, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles held a sustained Recruiting Drive. It was the responsibility of individual CMF units to do their own recruiting and training.

Significance

Collection of photographs showing an armoured regiment of the Citizen Forces in the 1960s as it transitioned from wheeled armoured vehicles to tanks to M113 armoured personal carriers.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Regimental Recruiting Office, Commercial Club Building 1965."

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of soldier sitting smoking, Khaki drill uniform with sergeants chevrons on sleeve, ribbon bar and air gunners wing and beret. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Significance

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sgt. Ian Kilty McKay thinking " I could be in trouble."

Magazine

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

Regimental magazine of the 20th Pioneer Battalion AIF prepared and published following the Unit's return from Dutch New Guinea, and change of title from 20th Motor Regiment in 1945.. Sixty- Six pages, stapled at edge.

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

Rare copy of Regimental magazine published on return from overseas service WW11

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink along boind edge page 3 " V.G. Groutsch "