Sir Harry’s Foreword to the ‘History of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment’, authored by George Bourne, and published in 1926 by Northern Daily Leader: Tamworth, NSW
It gives me great pleasure to write a few words of introduction to the History of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment during the Great War of 1914-18, more particularly as this Regiment is the direct representative today of the Queensland Mounted Infantry, a Regiment which I joined as a subaltern thirty-six years ago and served with for many years, both in peace and during the South African War.
Under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. M. Stodart, the 2nd Light Horse, included in the 1st Light Horse Brigade, came under my command in the late war in Maadi, Egypt, in December, 1914, and, except for a few months when I commanded an Infantry Division, it served under my command during the whole war.
The reputation gained by the Queensland Mounted Infantry on the fields of Sunnyside, Kimberley, Paardeberg and Diamond Hill was more than maintained by the 2nd Light Horse during the Great War, whether charging from Quinn's Post, fighting a rear-guard action at Romani, attacking at Magdhaba or holding at all costs its surrounded positions at Abu Tellul.
On Gallipoli it fell to its lot immediately on arrival to hold the most difficult part of the whole Anzac line, at Quinn's Post, and finally to attack from that Post during the Battle of Sari Bair, an attack which I think has few parallels in history. Later, under Lieutenant-Colonel (now Major-General Sir William) Glasgow, it took part in all subsequent operations at Anzac.
Under Lieutenant-Colonel G. H. Bourne, the Regiment took a prominent part in all the successful operations in Sinai and Palestine. At Romani it was undoubtedly the stubborn resistance of the Regiments of the 1st Light Horse Brigade (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Light Horse) against the Turkish attack during night of the 3rd/4th August, 1916, and their skilful delaying action on the morning of the 4th which won the Battle, thereby changing the whole phase of that campaign from an offensive to a defensive one, which culminated in the conquest of Syria and the elimination of Germany's allies from the War.
In the Jordan Valley early in the summer of 1918, the Regiment bore the brunt of two Turkish attacks, at Ghoranieh, and Abu Tellul. In the latter action, the gallant resistance of its posts, surrounded on all sides as they were by the enemy, together with the spirited counter-attack of the 1st Light Horse Regiment, saved what might easily have been a very serious situation on the right of our lines.
I commend this History to the people of Australia and particularly to those of Queensland, whose horsemen the members of the Regiment were so typical.
late Commanding the Desert Mounted Corps
17th November, 1926