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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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809 items

809 items

Photograph

Black and white photograph of group of soldiers holding mess tins and mugs waiting for food. Wearing khaki drill jackets and trousers - no webbing, cloth 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

" 1. Russ Keighran, 2. Ron Singe "

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

Photograph

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photograph of No 2 Guard marching on to parade ground.

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of two soldiers wearing drill uniforms and berets. One is wearing goggles. 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

" Alan Cunningham , Ken Kothoff "

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

Photograph

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 "

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Book

Book titled Signals - story of the Australian Corps of Signals - written and prepared by members of the Australian Corps of Signals

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

photograph

Black and white photograph of large group of horsemen on beach and crossing dunes at Torquay, Victoria 1940.

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

" The mobilized 20th Light Horse Regiment CMF on Torquay Beach, Victoria in 1940 shortly before it's er- formation as an Armoured unit. Sun photograph

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

Photograph

Sepia photograph of soldiers of Corryong Troop 8th Light Horse at funeral of Lieutenant General Ernest Squires

Historical information

Lieutenant General Ernest K Squire was Chief of Staff of Australian Army who died 2 March 1940 in Melbourne and was buried on 5th March. 8th Light Horse was in full-time training at Torquay..

Significance

Rare photo of soldiers from North East Victoria on Guard of Honour duty.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 8th Light Horse ( Corryong Troop ) as " Guard of Honour " at funeral of Lieutenant General Squires Melbourne 1940 "

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

Memorial board

Timber framed display panel containing Australian Commonwealth Military Forces hat badge (Rising Sun), 'Australia' metal shoulder title, 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, 1939-45 British War Medal and 1939-45 Australian Service Medal; and Colour patch of 20th Light Horse Regiment, black over gold. Objects are protected by a Perspex front cover sheet. Sgt Dunne's name is spelled incorrectly on the panel.

Historical information

20th Light Horse Regiment serving in a infantry role was posted to Merauke on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea (now the Indoneasian province of Papua) in 1943. It was the only Australian Light Horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII. Sergeant Adrian Dunne, a native of Tocumwal NSW, was killed in action 12 November 1944. He was aged 25.

Significance

Rare evidence of the service of the only Australian Light Horse regiment to serve overseas in World War II (1939-45).

Inscriptions & Markings

20th Light Horse / Sgt Adrian Dunn / VX81616 Tocumwal / Killed Dutch New Guinea 1943.

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boots

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boot
street
spur
stetchers

Brown leather officer's dress boots with strap-on spurs and leather instep patch and under sole chain. Matching left and right wooden stretchers with metal handle on spreader wedge.

Historical information

Officer's dress boot 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

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

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Hat

Key words

beret
2/1st australian armoured brigade reconnaissance squadron

Khaki heavy cloth beret with 'Rising Sun' badge and 2nd/1st Australian Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron colour patch.

Historical information

In April 1942, 2/1st Australian Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron was formed from a Light Independent Tank Squadron destined for Malaya but curtailed by the Japanese advance. In November 1942 2/1st was part of an amalgamation of armoured units to provide men for the 2/4th Armoured Regiment. The 2/1st was reformed in September 1943 following the disbandment of the 1st Armoured Division.

Significance

This object is well provenance and, in its condition and completeness, is a fine example of unusual headgear worn by Australian armoured corps soldiers in World War 2 (39-45).

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

Manual

Green coloured heavy card covered technical manual, screw bound, adhesive fabric spine being Instructions for the Australian Army Ordnance Services Storage in the Tropics 1966.

Historical information

All field units such as 8/13 VMR had need of methods to store equipment. This document provided a template for storage in tropical conditions.

Significance

Moderate research value

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on title page " 8/13VMR Regimental Collection. "

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

Booklet

Green covered booklet " Royal Armoured Corps Training Vol111 - Armoured. Pamphlet 17 Armoured Personnel Carrier, 6 x 6, Saracen and Scout Car Recce Ferret Mark 2 1964." 60 pages, soft cover, stapled.

Historical information

8th/13th VMR was equipped with this family of British armoured vehicles in 1960s

Significance

Representative of training pamphlets used in early decades of CMF.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover " 10 " and " Lx Max "

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Photograph

Black and white photograph of Centurion Tank No. 169073 at Buna Barracks, Albury, home of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles 1988.

Historical information

The first British designed and made Centurion tanks arrived in Australia in June 1952. The first tanks went to the 1st Armoured Regiment, but as more tanks became available armoured regiments of the Citizen Military Forces received replacements for their aging General Grant tanks. The Centurion was a great improvement on the Grant with a bigger gun and the ability to fire accurately while moving. Serving soldiers of regiments such as 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles were converted to the new tank and National Servicemen received full-time training while at Puckapunyal. In February 1968, C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment, equipped with Centurion tanks was sent to Vietnam. This tank No 169073 was one of the twenty tanks which served in Vietnam. There were many doubters about the likely usefulness of the Centurion in the jungle and paddy field environment of South Vietnam. How would this very large tank perform? No one needed to have worried. The tanks performed magnificently and were treasured by the infantry with whom they operated. ‘Tanks save lives’ was the catchcry. Several Reserve officers were attached to the Squadron in Vietnam including Colonel John Neale and Major Gordon Cole. Following the Australian withdrawal, the tanks were refurbished and issued to Army Reserve regiments for training. Our tank was allocated to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Together with the tanks came a crop of Regular Army Cadre staff and training reached a new peak. When the Centurion was superseded by the Leopard surplus vehicles were allocated to museums and regimental collections as trophy vehicles.

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

Photograph

Black and white portrait of Lieutenant Latter of 8th Light Horse Regiment wearing service ribbons for WW1

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.

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of two M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers at Puckapunyal during Exercise " Fiery Cauldron " 5 - 20 March 1988. Crewmen identified : Sergeant Burke standing on carrier; Captain Colin Carrington in turret of carrier.

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.

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Document

Roneo copy of typed document " Exercise Fiery Cauldron A Sqn 8/13 VMR Post Exercise Report ", six pages plus annexure. Dated 6 April 1988, signed Major R.N. Morrison Officer Commanding.

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.

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

Photograph

Colour photograph showing HRH Prince Charles inspecting the Band at Puckapunyal.

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.

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Photograph album - The Eighth Light Horse Book

Key words

world war one (1914-1918)
higgins mervin b captain
8th light horse
higgins henry b justice mr

Leather bound album of 44 leaves containing collection of photographs taken by Signaller JC Campbell and typescripts of two letters written by Captain Mervin Higgins 8th Australian Light Horse AIF during WWI. Cover is faded maroon in colour.

Historical information

Following the death of his only child Mervin on 23 December 1916 at Magdhaba Egypt, Mr Justice Higgins HB has a small number, possibly as few as six, of memorial books made. He sought permission from Signaller JC Campbell to use a selection of photographs taken at Gallipoli and Egypt. The photographs together with typed copies of several letters written by Captain MB Higgins 8th ALH make up the book. It seems likely this copy of the book was given to the 8th Light Horse Association for safe keeping. Following the closure of the Association the last secretary Mr Matthew Maynes entrusted the book to a relative Mrs Baily to be donated to the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Significance

This is a rare, historic and artistic example of how one family sought to come to terms with the loss of their only child in the Great War 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Mrs Baily [held] in trust to late M Maynes 8 ALH [to] VMR Museum 17.11.92

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Photograph

Five colour photographs of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles heritage light Horse Troop taking part in the " march Past "

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.

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Document

Typed Administrative Instruction for A Squadron 8/13 VMR support to Corowa Bicentenial Show 27-28 February 1988. Current unit, light Horse Troop, and Historical Vehicle Club participated. Six pages including nominal roll.

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

Photograph

Squadron Commander Major R. Morrison takes the parade from Adjutant Captain P. Williams. Members of the Regimental Association are formed up at the rear of 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.

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Photograph

Colour photogtraph of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles parading at Buna Barracks Albury 1986. Lieutenant W. Russell is marching off parade ground.

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.

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

Notebook

Key words

patino
13th battery aif
artillery

Green covered flip style notebook used by Sergeant Edwin Patino13th Battery 5th FAB (Albury Battery) on the Western Front during World War 1 (1914-1918). Used as a roll book and fire plan details.

Historical information

Sergeant Edwin Robert Patino was a member of the 13th Battery (Albury Battery), 5th Field Artillery Brigade. A single man previously from Sydney and a plasterer by trade, he enlisted on 3 July 1916. In April 1917 he was wounded in the leg at Bullecourt. He recovered and returned to the Battery, was promoted to Bombadier; and later to Sergeant. He arrived back in Australia in October 1919. His uniform and personal items were donated to the Albury branch of the Returned Services League (RSL) many years later and were passed to the 8/13 VMR Collection to be added to other Albury Battery memorabilia.

Significance

Representative example of a notebook used by a sergeant of an artillery battery on active service during World War 1 (1914-1918).

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

Photograph

Key words

ellison
wright
batson

Black and white photograph of soldier wearing beret, binoculars around neck and holding an F1 submachine gun. Soldier is Sergeant Robin Ellison, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles on exercise near Howlong, NSW, September 1979.

Historical information

A reporter and photographer from the Border Morning Mail Albury, visited a troop of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment on a 116 day annual exercise in September 1979. An article entitled "Hide and seek in the bush" written by Tony Wright appeared in the newspaper on 18 September 1979 accompanied, by this photograph taken by Peter Batson. Sergeant Robin Ellison, a citizen soldier, had 20 years service with the regiment.

Significance

Fine study of citizen soldier from the Albury region during training.

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

Book - Report upon the Department of Defence: from the First of July 1914, until the Thirtieth of June 1917

Key words

report
defence

Hardback book, 551 pages being a report compiled by the Office of the Secretary, Department of Defence, from information furnished by Heads of Branches and Commandants of Military Districts.

Historical information

A comprehensive report of the Australian military, permanent, citizen (CMF) and expeditionary (AIF) forces during the first three years of the First World war (1914-18).

Significance

A rare volume documenting the state of Australia's defences after three years of war. It is an historic and useful document when viewed alongside the official history of the WWI conflict.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: ink stamp "8/13 VMR Regimental Collec[tion]" and ink signature " K[?] Coleman"

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Book

Book titled The Crossbelts, The Journal of The Queen's Royal Hussars ( The Queen's Own and Royal Irish )

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

Framed plumes - Kangaroo feathers

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.

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

Photograph

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.

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of two soldiers of A Squadron 8/13 VMR during Exercise ' Northern Explorer ' Trooper Pratt and Lance Corporal Van De Velde demonstrate how the F2 Radio set could be carried. In addition the men would have webbing, pack and rifle to carry.

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of Light Horse soldier on horseback. Part of a collection of 20th Light Horse photographs circa 1939.

Historical information

No 1 Troop C Squadron 20th Light Horse Regiment drawn from the farming community of Tocumwal, personified the strength of citizen soldiering in rural Victorian and Southern NSW in the period following World War One and especially in the years immediately prior to the second World War. Building on the strength and enthusiasm of the Tocumwal Troop other Troops were raised at Finley, Berigan and Jerilderie. The Tocumwal Troop won the coveted Hutton Trophy in 1937 and 1938, defeating crack Troops from other States. 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

" Sgt. J.P. Smith Tocumwal Troop 20th LHR "

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