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5th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland)

 [2nd Light Horse Brigade]

Served in Egypt, Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine

  • Formed Queensland September 1914 for 2nd Light Horse Brigade. 

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Side view of men of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment, on alert, in a section of the bridgehead. This bridgehead, established on the eastern side of the Jordan after the first Amman raid, was retained throughout the summer. The Turks suffered severely in an attempt to capture it by night from the 1st Light Horse Brigade in April 1918.

Private William Edward (Billy) Sing DCM, 31st Battalion, of Clermont, Qld, who enlisted on 26 October 1914 and returned to Australia on 21 July 1918. While serving with the 5th Light Horse Regiment on Gallipoli, Trooper Sing acquired notoriety as an accurate sniper, shooting over 150 Turkish soldiers. 
Egypt, 1915. Lieutenant-General Sir William Riddell Birdwood, at right with his back to the camera, talking to the famous Gallipoli sniper, Trooper William Edward ("Billy") Sing (left), 5th Light Horse Regiment. Sing, nicknamed "the Murderer", was reputed to have shot over 150 Turkish soldiers at Gallipoli. The identity of the soldier between Trooper Sing and General Birdwood is unknown. (Donor D. De Celis) Trooper Sing sniped from a position at Chatham's Post, his tally stated as 150 confirmed, but a higher informal estimate puts his tally at 201. The discrepancy can be accounted for by the way such hits were recorded. On 23 October 1915, General Birdwood issued an order containing his compliments on Trooper Sing's performance accounting for the 201 Turks.  Private Sing was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in early 1918, probably for his role in leading a patrol eliminating some German snipers at Polygon Wood in September 1917.
  • Formed Queensland September 1914 for 2nd Light Horse Brigade. 

  • Departed Sydney on Persic 21 December 1914. 

    • 1st Reinforcements departed Sydney on Vestalia 19 December 1914, 

    • 2nd Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Itria 9 February 1915, 

    • 3rd Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Itria 9 February 1915, 

    • 4th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Star of England 8 April 1915, 

    • 5th Reinforcements departed Newcastle on Malukuta 19 May 1915, 

    • 6th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Karoola 12 June 1915, 

    • 7th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Shropshire 20 August 1915, 

    • 8th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Kyarra 16 August 1915, 

    • 9th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Hymettus 17 September 1915, 

    • 10th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Warilda 5 October 1915, 

    • 11th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Mashobra 4 October 1915, 

    • Hawkes Bay 23 October 1915, 

    • 12th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Hawkes Bay 23 October 1915, S

    • uffolk 30 November 1915, 

    • 13th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Kyarra 3 January 1916, 

    • 14th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Wandilla 31 January 1916, 

    • 15th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Orsova 11 March 1916, 

    • 16th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Mashobra 5 April 1916, 

    • 17th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Karroo 5 May 1916, 

    • 18th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Seang Choon 4 May 1916, 

    • 19th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Mongolia 8 July 1916,

    • 20th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Malwa 22 July 1916, 

    • 21st Reinforcements departed Sydney on Kabinga 12 September 1916, 

    • 22nd Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Barunga 26 October 1916, 

    • 23rd Reinforcements departed Melbourne on Boorara 10 May 1917, 

    • 24th Reinforcements departed Brisbane on Hymettus 3 February 1917, 

    • 25th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Karmala 3 February 1917, 

    • 26th Reinforcements departed Melbourne on Boorara 10 May 1917, 

    • 27th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Port Sydney on 9 May 1917, 

    • 28th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Port Sydney on 9 May 1917, 

    • 29th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Kyarra 3 September 1917, 

  • 30th Reinforcements departed Sydney on Ormonde 2 March 1918.

Battle Honours:  

  • Anzac, 

  • Defence of Anzac, 

  • Suvla, 

  • Sari Bair, 

  • Gallipoli 1915, 

  • Romani, 

  • Egypt 1915-17, 

  • Gaza-Beersheba, 


  • El Mughar, 

  • Nebi Samwil, 

  • Jerusalem, 

  • Jordan (Es Salt), 

  • Jordan (Amman), 

  • Megiddo, 

  • Nablus, 

  • Palestine 1917-18

many details on this page from Ross Mallett's site

5th Light Horse Regiment

The 5th Light Horse Regiment was raised in Brisbane in September 1914, entirely from men who had enlisted in Queensland, and became part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. Sailing from Sydney on 21 December 1914, the regiment disembarked in Egypt on 1 February 1915.

The light horse were considered unsuitable for the initial operations at Gallipoli, but were subsequently deployed without their horses to reinforce the infantry. The 2nd Light Horse Brigade landed in late May 1915 and was attached to the 1st Australian Division. The 5th Light Horse played a defensive role for most of the campaign but was involved in several minor attacks. It left the peninsula on 20 December 1915.

Back in Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse Brigade became part of the ANZAC Mounted Division and in February 1916 joined the forces defending the Suez Canal from a Turkish advance across the Sinai Desert. The 5th Light Horse’s main activity in the Sinai was long-range patrolling, but it was involved in several small engagements during August, as the Turks retreated after their defeat at Romani.

The ANZAC Mounted Division advanced into Palestine in late December 1916. The 5th’s work predominantly continued to be patrols and raids until the advance stalled before the Turkish bastion of Gaza. The regiment participated in all three battles aimed at capturing the town, most notably the first abortive attempt on 27 March 1917. On this occasion the 5th attacked Gaza from the rear and was fighting its way through streets and gardens when ordered to withdraw.

With the fall of Gaza on 7 November 1917, the Turkish position in southern Palestine collapsed. The 5th was involved in the pursuit that followed, and then spent much of the first half of 1918 holding the west bank of the Jordan River. During this time it was involved in the Amman (24–27 February) and Es Salt (30 April–4 May) raids, both of which were tactical failures but helped to convince the Turks that the next offensive would be launched across the Jordan.

Instead, the offensive was launched along the coast in September 1918, with the 5th taking part in a subsidiary effort east of the Jordan. It attacked at Amman on 25 September, and on 29 September 4,500 Turks surrendered to just two squadrons from the regiment at Ziza. Turkey surrendered on 31 October 1918, but the 5th Light Horse was employed one last time to assist in putting down the Egyptian revolt of early 1919. It sailed for home on 28 June 1919. Text from AWM

  • 137 killed, 708 wounded
  • Decorations

    • 1 CB
    • 3 CMG
    • 4 DSO
    • 9 MC
    • 1 CBE
    • 6 DCM
    • 18 MM
    • 1 MSM

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