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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

Entry Fee

Nil

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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Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of gun and timber drawn by four horse team past buildings. Two horsemen and one Arab in photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Across lpwer edge " Notts Battery passing through Jerusalem."

Photograph

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

Framed photograph of soldiers in armoured corps uniform marching through Melbourne city street; crowds on both sides of the street.

Historical information

The 2/8th Armoured Regiment was raised in June 1941 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel W G Hopkins with officers and men selected from the wider AIF in Victoria. The regiment trained in newly arrived M3 General Grant tanks at Puckapunyal before moving north to Singleton, then the Wee Waa plains. The regiment sailed for New Guinea in April 1943 and carried out mobile defence to airfields at Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Dobadura and Popondetta. The regiment returned to Australia in February 1944 and disbanded as an armoured regiment and retrained as Nos 41, 42 and 43 Landing Craft Companies. They returned to the South West pacific serving at Bougainville, Balikpapan, Lae and Wewak.

Significance

Good study showing men of an armoured regiment from Victoria marching in Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo "2/8th Armoured Regiment march through Melbourne 17 - 10 - 1941"

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of soldiers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles formed up on parade ground at Buna Barracks Albury, 1986.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

" WO !! Paech handing over to Capt Martin. "

Shoulder strap

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

Grey felt shoulder strap with white edging and number 25 embroided on, glued to piece of brown paper with handwritten inscription " Souvenired by Driver W. House, 13th Battery ( Albury Battery). Strap is that of the 25th Bavarian Regiment.

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 type of souvenirs taken by Australian soldiers during WWI and brought back to Australia as a keepsake. Manuscript note by soldier makes it unique.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Armstrap of German captured at the start of the Great Advance, Villers Brettoneaux, France, August 8th 1918. Just breaking day, my [last souvenir] of the war."

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Major R. Morrison and Colonel G.K. Howard having completed the inspection of the mounted escort from the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Light Horse Troop.

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.

Book - With the Australian Imperial Forces On Active Service Hymn Book

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

Light brown coloured cardboard covered hymn book published by the Melbourne Young Mens Christian Association for issue to soldiers serving with the Australian Imperial Force in World War 1 (1914-1918). Part of the memorabilia of Captain W Rutledge.

Historical information

Captain William Robert Rutledge volunteered for the AIF 25 June 1917 as an 18 year-old farm labourer of Hay NSW. He served as No 6935 with 35th Battalion on Western Front; wounded in action April 1918; Returned to Australia March 1919. Possibly served in CMF between the wars otherwise his 2nd AIF rank is unusual. WWII service NX 112296 12 September 1942 – 4 October 1946, in 26 Work Company with rank of Captain.

Significance

Part of a collection of memorabilia acquired by a district soldier with service in 1st and 2nd AIF and in CMF between the wars.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph showing HRH Prince Charles inspecting the troops drawn up on parade. He is speaking to a soldier in the front rank wearing a bandolier signifying he is the " Left Guide. "

Historical information

In 1985, the portion of Puckapunyal Army Camp housing the Armoured School and Corps Museum underwent a major rebuild. The new facility named Hopkins Barracks was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles on 31 October 1985. Prince Charles, who was accompanied by his wife HRH Princess Diana, is Colonel in Chief of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC). The Barracks is named to honour Major General R N L Hopkins who was instrumental in the development of the RAAC and is affectionally known as the ‘father of the Corps’.

Significance

Part of collection of photographs of a rare event on the Australian military calendar, the opening of Hopkins Barracks Puckapunyal by HRH Prince Charles, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) on 31 October 1985

Photograph

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

Large coloured mounted photograph of Parading the Guidons 8/13th Victorian Mountes Rifles annual Camp 1959. Pineboard mounted

Inscriptions & Markings

Parading the Guidons 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Annual Camp 1959 Beersheba Barracks

Photograph

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

Four black and white photographs of soldiers dressed up as women for a concert party at Merauke, Dutch New Guinea 1944. Part of 20th Light Horse collection.

Historical information

Example of soldiers making their own entertainment while posted to remote location in New Guinea during WW11 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 on active service during World War 2 (1939-1945).

Inscriptions & Markings

" Lowell French, John Cole, Ballet Girls. "

Badge

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

Three SInn Fein Irish badges mounted on black mount including cap badge of Dublin Brigade IRA at left. Other badges not identified. Collected as a souvenir by William Rutledge while recovering from wounds sustained in 1918 while serving with 35th Battalion AIF and form part of a collection of memorabilia.

Historical information

Captain William Robert Rutledge volunteered for the AIF 25 June 1917 as an 18 year-old farm labourer of Hay NSW. He served as No 6935 with 35th Battalion on Western Front; wounded in action April 1918; Returned to Australia March 1919. Served in 21st Light Horse Regiment (CMF) between the wars. Second AIF rank service as NX 112296 12 September 1942 – 4 October 1946, in 26 Work Company with rank of Captain.

Significance

Unusual souvenirs acquired by soldier from rural NSW while serving in WWI and now part of a collection of his memorabilia.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of five 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles soldiers in the interior of a M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Historical information

In 1970, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles changed roles from tank to cavalry and undertook training to convert crewmen to new equipment.

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

" L to R. : Cpl. E. Delphin, Glenroy, Cpl. M. Brindusic, Lavington, Cpl. P. Russell, Bethanga, Sgt. N. Russell, Wodonga,Sgt. M. Hudson, Lavington,are seen receiving instruction on the CES of the M113 from Cpl. Russell, their instructor on the M113 Conversion Course. "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of workshop vehicle and trailer in copse of trees at Puckapunyal with Centurion tank being repaired. Annual 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Camp 1971.

Historical information

Light Aid Detachment was a permanent attachment of RAEME tradesmen to an armoured regiment to provide first line repair of vehicles.

Inscriptions & Markings

" WO !! Royce Haydon LAD ( Light Aid Detachment ) in the field A Sqn."

Uniform

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

Service dress tunic, polyester summer, with yellow cord lanyard, officer badges of rank, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles collar badges, silver Royal Australian Armoured Corps RAAC) buttons, and pilot qualification badge (wings). Neck decoration Knight Commander of British Empire (KBE) (Civilian list) (replica); ribbon bar denoting: Order of the British Empire (Civil), Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 39-45 Star, Europe and Germany Star, pacific Star, Defence Medal 1939-45, British War Medal 1939-45, Australian Service Medal 1939-45, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal.

Historical information

This tunic was worn by Sir David Fairbairn KBE DFC when Honorary Colonel of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment 1981-83. Sir David served with 21st Light Horse prior to World War Two. During WWII he served with the Royal Australian Air Force flying Spitfires in Britain and Europe and later in the war, in the Pacific theatre. Following the war, he entered politics, holding the federal seat of Farrer from 1949-1975. He was Minister for Defence 1971-73. Sir David was Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands 1977-1980.

Significance

This object is well provenanced, complete and representative uniform worn by an honorary colonel of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment, a man who gave exemplary service as a serviceman, politician and diplomat.

Document

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

Framed City of Albury Declaration of Appreciation Certificate coloured white & cream with City seal and 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment Stable belt colours.

Historical information

Presented to the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association at a Reserve Forces Day parade in Civic Square Albury by the mayor, Councillor Patricia Gould, July 1998. The parade was followed by a march along Dean Street. Albury had proposed to confer Freedom of the City on the regiment, but Army protocol would not allow this, to the great disappointment of both parties.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of seven soldiers lined up in front of Humber trucks

Historical information

In 1961, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was equippedSergeant Peter Hartung, later Caprain with Humber trucks to fulfil an Armoured Personnel Carrier role. A troop comprised 3 vehicles, each with a 2 man crew, commanded by a Sergeant.Sargeant Peter Hartung, later Captain, served in WW2 with German Panzer Corps. Trooper lou Madjeric served with German Navy. After immigrating to Australia after the war they joined 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

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

" Trooper Vincent, Corporal Roberts, Troopers McCluskey, Doyle, Cameron, Madjeric, Sgt. Hartung. "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Corporal Bruce Barnett and Major Gordon Cole taken at Buna Barracks Albury at a Cambrai Day gathering of former members of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, 30 November 1986.

Historical information

Cambrai Day is celebrated annually by Armoured Corps regiments of the British Commonwealth. It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 when a force of more than 400 British Mark IV Tanks broke the defences of the German Hindenburg Line, It was the first large-scale, effective use of tanks in warfare. Cambrai turned from a battle of great success to failure, but it heralded a new type of warfare and changed the nature of the battlefield forever.The gathering at Buna Barracks Albury, Beersheba Barracks Wangaratta, Bapaume Barracks Benalla and Salamaua Barracks Cobram on 30 November 1986 was the inaugural meeting of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gordon Cole enlisted as a trooper and progressed to Squadron Commander.

boots

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

Brown leather officer's campaign boots with hook and eye fasteners and fabric laces.

Historical information

Officer's campaign boots worn by Brigadier Geoffrey Austin Street MC who served in WWI at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Following the war he was placed on the Reserve of Officers. He returned to military service in 1931 as Squadron Commander in the 4th Light Horse. He was promoted to the command of the regiment after l8 months' service, and finally to the command of the Third Cavalry Brigade which included the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Brigadier Street had entered Federal Parliament in 1934 and in November 1938 was seconded from military duties to serve as Minister for Defence in the Lyons Government . He was serving in this capacity in the Menzies government when he was killed in an air crash near Canberra on 13 August 1940.

Significance

Representative example of officer's leather campaign boots from the 'between the wars' period. Well preserved example of the boot makers art, complete and in fair condition. Owned by well known Australian soldier and politician tragically killed at commencement of Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on inner side of legging section "W Abbott & Son London & Paris"

Booklet

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

Soft covered booklet with fabric binding strip " Royal Australian Armoured Corps Volume 3 - Armanent Pamphlet No.4 Fire Support Vehicle M113A1 ( FS ) 1971."

Historical information

8th/13th VMR was equipped with M113 family of vehicles in 1970s - 1990s. Cp.G.Wynd was a cadre staff member training armoured fighting vehicle ( AFV ) crewmen M113A1 Instruction handbook

Significance

AFV gunnery intro - handling - servicing & mechanism M113A1

Inscriptions & Markings

" Cpl Wynd " on front cover

Uniform

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

Khaki serge tunic with Corporal's chevrons, Rising Sun collar badges, metal buttons and VDC shoulder flashes.

Historical information

Volunteer Defence Corps tunic and belt issued to V373891 Corporal Ian Stewart Wallace of the Albury Company Volunteer Defence Corps, 1942. Corporal Wallace was born at Kergunyah, Victoria, 24 November 1900. The VDC Company at Albury was raised in mid-1940. An initial meeting was organised by the local R.S.S. & A.I.L.A (RSL) on 28 May 1940. Names of intending members was forwarded to Sydney and on 11 July 1940, Captain Phillip Heywood, a grazier of ‘Hawksview’ and returned WWI officer, was appointed to command Area R.9 which took in Albury, Holbrook, Howlong, Corowa and Walbundrie districts. It is likely Ian Wallace joined in February 1942 when membership was expanded from former servicemen to over-age men and those in reserved occupations. Uniforms were only issued in 1942, prior to that VDC members paraded in civilian dress.

Significance

Rare example of uniform worn by Volunteer Defence Corps member during 'dark' days of Second World War when Australia feared invasion.

Inscriptions & Markings

'V373891 Wallace I S' on name tag inside coat.

Drink coasters

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

Set of five heavy card drink coasters with coloured scenes depicting British regiments while on garrison duty in Victoria. Brief details if each regiment on reverse of coaster. Regiments are

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Officers at Puckapunyal 1974.

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 mounted light horseman being Trooper Jack Bell, 8th Light Horse circa 1939

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.Jack Bell was a Farrier/ Blacksmith in 8th Light Horse 1930s and WW2

Significance

Shows Light Horsemen of late 1930s

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers standing beside civilian utility vehicle, one wearing a long sleeved khaki drill workdress uniform. Other has sleeves rolled up and is wearing web belt. Both are wearing berets.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

" Sgt. Alan Vietch, Sgt. Kilty McKay"

Framed plumes - Kangaroo feathers

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

Wooden frame with glass front contain set of emu plumes and a cutting from a magazine giving a history of the wearing of the plumes which are whimsically called 'kangaroo feathers'.

Significance

Well presented display panel showing plumes and giving a history of their wearing by Australian mounted soldiers.

Photograph

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

Black and White photograph mounted on card, of soldiers crowded onto open cars on a light rail train

Inscriptions & Markings

" No11 - A party of Australian Pioneers returning to their dugouts,"

Photograph

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

Small Black and white photograph of Brigadeer Wilson and Staff, 3rd Light Horse Brigade circa 1918.

Historical information

Following Gallipoli service, 3rd Light Horse Brigade comprising 8th (Victorian), 9th (South Australian/ Victorian) and 10th (West Australian) Light Horse Regiments formed part of the ANZAC Mounted Corps under command of Sir Harry Chauvel is the campaigns through Egypt, Palestine and Syria, 1916-1918.

Significance

Fine study of senior officers of a Light Horse Brigade in the Middle East during World War 1 (1914-1918).

Inscriptions & Markings

Back row L-R, Lieutenant Latham, Major Worthington, Captain Lyall, Captain Barker. Front row L-R. Lieutenant - Colonel Stewart ( Field Ambulance ), Lieutenant - Colonel Todd ( 10 Light Horse ), Brigadeer Wilson, ( Brig.( OMD ) , Lieutenant Colonel Wilson ( Brig. OND ), Lieutenant - Colonel Scott ( 9th Light Horse ), Lieutenant - Colonel Daly ( 8th Light Horse ) & seated in front Captain Hammond

ALbum

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

Tan coloured, 3 ring photograph Album containing photographs from 2/8 Armoured Regiment Reunions.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover : " For John Baines, 2/8 Reunions, Arch Finlayson. "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of soldiers resting in bush setting.

Historical information

Regiments conducted Courses Camps to train RAAC crewmen. 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

"Assault Troopers Course field debrief conducted by Lt Dan Wyborn ( kneeling ). Lt Tom Goode ( standing ).Puckapunyal Range Courses Camp 1982."

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of seven men taken at Buna Barracks, Albury on Cambrai Day 20 November 1986. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Doug Hunter, Major Ian Docking, Max Oates and Gordon Cole: Front Row : Major Reg McDermot, Lieutenant Colonels Alan Cunningham and John Neale. All were former Officers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment.

Historical information

Cambrai Day is celebrated annually by Armoured Corps regiments of the British Commonwealth. It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 when a force of more than 400 British Mark IV Tanks broke the defences of the German Hindenburg Line, It was the first large-scale, effective use of tanks in warfare. Cambrai turned from a battle of great success to failure, but it heralded a new type of warfare and changed the nature of the battlefield forever The gathering at Buna Barracks Albury, Beersheba Barracks Wangaratta, Bapaume Barracks Benalla and Salamaua Barracks Cobram on 30 November 1986 was the inaugural meeting of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association..

trophy

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

Ornate silver cup with two handles intended for shooting competition in 20th Light Horse Regiment. There is no record of it being awarded.

Historical information

Donated to the 8th/13th VMR Collection as part of a collection of regimental silver from the 20th Light Horse Regiment circa 1950. 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised following WWI as part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade AMF. It had its HQ at Seymour and sub-units along the Goulburn Valley extending to Tocumwal in NSW. During WWII the regiment was motorised then served as infantry in Dutch New Guinea. It was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

Is a representative example of a trophy from between the wars. The size, material and decoration show the relative affluence of the officers of a regiment from regional Victoria. The fact it carries no record of being awarded might indicate it dates from immediately prior to WWII when the regiment was mobilised and moved from its base area.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Field Firing Trophy / presented / by the Officers of the / 20th Australian Light Horse Regiment / Won by". Hallmarks on base and "8725 6PT"