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4th Light Horse Brigade (1st version) for 2nd version

  • 4th Light Horse Brigade formed Australia 4 March 1915. 
    • Shipped to Egypt without horses where it was broken up 26 August 1915.



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4th_Camels.gif4th Light Horse Brigade (2) [Australian Mounted Division]

4th Light Horse Brigade reformed Egypt February 1917. Attached to British Imperial Mounted Division February 1917. Assigned to Australian Mounted Division June 1917.


Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) M W J Bourchier (later Brigadier Honourable M W J Bourchier CMG DSO VD) who commanded the 4th (Victorian) Light Horse Regiment. 

He led his Regiment, the 4th, in the Charge at Beersheba and later in operations in the Es Salt region. 

During 1918 Lt Col Bourchier led the 4th Light Horse Brigade in operations leading to the capture of Damascus. 

This brigade consisted of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments and became known as 'Bourchier's Force'.

Brigadier General William Grant CMG DSO and Bar who commanded the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade 1917-1919 and the Anzac Mounted Division (temporarily) in 1918. 

Grant was a Queenslander, a surveyor and pastoralist from the Darling Downs. 

He had joined the 11th Light Horse Regiment in the early 1900s and was commanding officer when the Regiment went to Palestine in the First World War. 

In October 1917, Grant led the Brigade in the successful Charge at Beersheba.


  • Palestine: 
    • First Battle of Gaza, 
    • Second Battle of Gaza, 
    • Third Battle of Gaza, 
    • Beersheba, 
    • Jerusalem, 
    • Jericho, 
    • Es Salt, 
    • Megiddo, 
    • Damascus


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