Sir Harry’s Foreword to the ‘History of the 5th Light Horse Regiment’, authored by Brigadier Lachlan Wilson and Captain Henry Wetherell, and published in 1926 by Motor Press: Sydney

 

In writing a few words of introduction to the History of the 5th Light Horse Regiment in the Great War of 1914-18, I am more or less introducing my own people, as this Regiment was raised from representatives of my original Regiment, the Upper Clarence Light Horse (later the Northern River Lancers), and from the Queensland Mounted Infantry, a Regiment in which I served for many years.

 

The 5th Light Horse came under my command on Gallipoli in May, 1915, immediately after its arrival on the Peninsula, when it was attached to my section of the Anzac Defences as reinforcements during a Turkish Attack on the trenches held by the 1st Light Horse Brigade and the 4th Australian Infantry Brigade.  It was then commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert Harris, an old friend and comrade of many years in the Queensland Mounted Infantry, who lost his life shortly afterwards.  Again, in November, 1915, as a component part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade, which was attached to the 1st Australian Division, the Regiment came under my command, and with the exception of a short break during the reorganisation of the Australian and New Zealand Forces in Egypt after the evacuation Gallipoli, continued to serve with me until the conclusion of the War.

 

Its service on Gallipoli is recorded on the maps of Anzac in “Harris Ridge”, ”Wilson's Lookout”, and “Chatham's Post”.

 

Under the able leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel (now Brigadier General) L. C. Wilson, the Regiment joined the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division (commonly known as the Anzac Mounted Division) at Serapeum on the 16th March, 1916.  It was the first Australian Regiment to cross the Suez Canal in the great advance which ended in the out-skirts of Asia Minor, and it took a prominent part in the triumphs and shared the hardships of the Anzac Mounted Division from the Battle of Romani, in August, 1916, to the dramatic collapse, at Ziza, in September, 1918, of the Turkish Forces which had been operating against the Arabs south of the Dead Sea, when, under the command of Lieutenant­Colonel Donald Cameron (who succeeded General Wilson on the 30th October, 1917 and led the Regiment with conspicuous success from the Battle of Beersheba onwards), it had the unique experience of joining hands with our late enemies in protecting the latter from our allies.

 

Commanded as it was, in succession, by three old comrades of the South African War, officered also largely by men with experience in South Africa, and composed of men from districts I know so well, I expected much of the 5th Light Horse, and l am very proud of its achievements.  I wish its members every success in the future.

 

HARRY CHAUVEL

Lieutenant-General

Late commanding the Desert Mounted Corps

Army Headquarters.

Melbourne,

February 24th, 1926.