8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles

8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles

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dates= 1911 - 1921
country= New Zealand
allegiance= New Zealand Crown
branch= New Zealand Army
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role= Mounted
size= Regiment
command_structure= New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade
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battles= Great War
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The 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during the Great War as a squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiment. They served in the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I and first saw action during the Battle of Gallipoli.As a part of the larger New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (of the Anzac Mounted Division) they went on to serve in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. [cite web|title=firstaif|url=http://www.firstaif.info/pages/nz_mounted.htm] [cite web|title=diggerhistory|url=http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-nz/nzef.htm]

Great War Battles

*Battle of Gallipoli
*Battle of Romani
*Battle of Magdhaba
*Battle of Rafa.
*First Battle of Gaza
*Second Battle of Gaza
*Third Battle of Gaza
*Battle of Beersheba
*Battle of Megiddo (1918)

Between the Wars

In 1921 they amalgamated with the 1st Mounted Rifles (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry) and became the 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry). [cite web|title=firstaif|url=http://www.firstaif.info/pages/nz_mounted.htm]

References


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