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2nd/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry

also see the QMI History in the Army Today section

Lineage; also see CMF Light Horse for detailed lineage
  • Queensland Mounted Infantry;
  • Queensland Light Horse; 
  • Brisbane Mounted Infantry;
  • Moreton Mounted Infantry; 
  • Queensland Mounted Infantry; 
  • 13th, 14th and 15th Australian Light Horse Regiments (QMI); 
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 27th Light Horse Regiments (QMI); 
  • 1st ANZAC Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps; 
  • 14th  Australian Light Horse Regiment; 
  • 5th, 11th and 14th Light Horse Regiments (QMI); 
  • 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI); 
  • 14th Light Horse (MG) Regiment; 
  • 14th Motor Regiment; 
  • 2nd/4th Armoured Regiment; 
  • 2nd Moreton Light Horse (QMI); 
  • 2nd Australian Cavalry Regiment (AIF); 
  • B Squadron 1st Cavalry Regiment; 
  • 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry)
No enlargement available The famous Australian Slouch Hat as worn by members of the 2/14th.

Emu plumes are worn on ceremonial occasions. >>>

images; Rick's Hat Check Room

The unit that became 2/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry was formed when volunteers were called by proclamation on 18th February 1860 by the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Ferguson Bowen. In 1864 the unit was renamed Queensland Light Horse. Under the 'Defence Act of 1884' there was a reorganisation and the unit name changed in 1885 to Moreton Mounted Infantry.

In 1891 during the Shearers Strike, a State of Emergency was declared and many units were called out for active duty to help maintain order. One of these units was the Moreton Mounted Infantry. The troops were placed on full time duty for five months and served in the Barcaldine, Clermont, Longreach and Charleville districts. One of the Mounted Infantry officers who served at this time was Captain Harry George Chauvel - later to become General Sir Harry Chauvel.

Following the Shearers Strike the Mounted Infantry units adopted the emu feather plumes to wear in their felt hats. It was also at this time that the emu was incorporated in the unit's badge.
In 1897 the Mounted Infantry were reorganised as the Queensland Mounted Infantry consisting of 11 companies. 

By 1901 the Queensland Mounted Infantry had been organised as a Brigade of four Battalions of some 20 companies with a strength of 1200 officers and men.

Freedom of the City of Brisbane 1976
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On the 10th July 1899 the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable J.R. Dickson, offered troops to help Great Britain against the Boers in South Africa. This was the first offer of assistance made by any of the Australian Colonies. 
It was accepted and one company of Mounted Infantry was detailed for duty. Although the Queensland contingent was not the first to see action, they were the first to suffer casualties. 
Private V.S. Jones and Private D.C. McLeod, killed in an engagement at Sunnyside, were the first Australians ever to be killed in action, serving in an Australian Unit. 
(Some Aussies were killed in New Zealand but they were serving in British or New Zealand Units)


Major Walter Tunbridge, CO of the 3rd Contingent Queensland Mounted Infantry, was a hero of the Siege of Elands River Post, August 1900
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South Africa, c. 1900. An informal group portrait of British and Australian Army officers, include a number of officers of the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry Contingent. 

The twelve officers in this group wearing bush hats with light coloured puggarees and emu feather plumes are thought to be officers of the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry. Identified in the group are: sitting on a chair on the right holding a rifle, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Percy Ralph Ricardo, who commanded the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry; the officer squatting on Lt Col Ricardo's left, and also holding a rifle, is Captain (Capt) Henry (Harry) George Chauvel, who commanded A Company until he was appointed Adjutant on 13 February 1900 and the officer standing 7th from the left is Capt Joseph Espie Dods, Army Medical Corps and Surgeon to the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry. The names of the other officers from the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry who could be in the photograph are: Lieutenant (Lt) Cecil Henry Anderson-Pelham, Capt Reginald Spence Brown, Lt David Elder Reid, Lt Thomas William Glasgow, Lt Charles Alexander Cumming, Lt Alfred George Adie, Capt Philip William Grant Pinnock, Lt Richard Dowse, Lt Henry Bailey, Lt Robert Gordon and Lt Cecil Herbert Black. (Donor J. E. Dods)

In the period following the Boer War the State forces were amalgamated to form the Commonwealth Military Forces. In the changes the four battalions of the QMI were reformed as the 13th, 14th and 15th Australian Light Horse Regiments (Queensland Mounted Infantry).

Click to enlarge Queensland. 1900. Sgt James Crewford of the 14th Australian Light Horse. King Edward VII awarded a King's Banner to each unit which served in the South African War and in 1904 each of the three Regiments of the QMI was represented in Melbourne where the banners were presented by the Governor-General. 

In 1908 each regiment was further awarded the Battle Honour "SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1900-1-2".

With the introduction of compulsory military service the army was expanded and in 1912 the designation of the units of the QMI were again changed to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 27th Light Horse Regiments (QMI).

 During World War 1 these units continued to serve at home and in 1914 a volunteer expeditionary force, the Australian Imperial Force, was formed. 

The 2nd ALH served at Anzac on the Gallipoli Peninsula where it distinguished itself at Quinn's Post, Sari Bair and Suvla and later served in Egypt, Palestine and Syria.

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Some of the actions in which the Regiment took part included Romani, Charge of Magdhaba, Rafa, Gaza, Beersheba, Jerusalem, Megiddo and Jordan.

Battle Honours

2nd Light Horse 14th Light Horse
SOUTH AFRICA 1899 - 1902 SOUTH AFRICA 1899 - 1902

In July 1918 the 1st ANZAC Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps, which had fount with the Desert Mounted Corps, became the 14th  Australian Light Horse Regiment. They took part in the final offensive which overthrew the Turkish right flank in Palestine.

Click to enlarge General Sir Henry George 'Harry' Chauvel, Commander of the Deserted Mounted Corps, inspecting C Squadron of the 14th Australian Light Horse Regiment. Note the men are lined up opposite their horses, their equipment laid out on the ground including the blacksmith tools/equipment. In the background is Trooper A Howard Toes, the Standard Bearer to the Commander.

In 1st Military District (Qld) on 17th August 1918 the units of the QMI underwent another change. The 1st, 3rd and 27th Light Horse Regiments became the 5th, 11th and 14th Light Horse Regiments (QMI).

In 1930 as an economy measure, compulsory military service was abolished and the CMF reverted to voluntary service. As a result, 2nd Moreton Light Horse (QMI) and the 14th West Moreton Light Horse (QMI) were linked to form 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI).

Competing for the Prince of Wales Trophy 1938
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George Reed, Stan Qualischefski, Clive Gutteridge (Left to right)


A parade of the Regiment on 5th August 1950. Until Anzac Day 2001 it was the last time the guidons had been paraded on horseback.

On the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 the serving units of QMI were 2nd/14th, 5th and 11th Light Horse Regiments forming the 1st Cavalry Brigade. In August 1940 the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment was unlinked and the 14th was raised in Eastern Command as 14th Light Horse (MG) Regiment. 14th Light Horse (MG) Regiment became 14th Motor Regiment in March 1942 and was disbanded in May 1942. The troops were sent to 2nd/4th Armoured Regiment and 3 Army Tank Brigade.

2nd Moreton Light Horse (QMI) changed its name several times to eventually become 2nd Australian Cavalry Regiment (AIF) and was finally disbanded in Townsville on 29th July, 1943.

In 1948, CMF units were again raised but with no armoured unit allocated to Queensland. On 20th July 1949, A Squadron 2nd/14th QMI was raised as an armoured car squadron. Eighteen months later the unit was increased to regimental strength and was equipped with Staghound Armoured Cars, Canadian Scout Cars and White APC's. On 6th August 1950 at Kelvin Grove Barracks, a mounted party of pre-war members handed over the guidons to the 2nd and 14th Light Horse Regiments to the unit.

Prince of Wales Cup 1957
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  The Modern Trooper

The Staghound 1951
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During 1952 the regiment was changed to a heavy tank unit however it continued to train with the same equipment. In 1956 the role changed to anti-tank. Initially the unit was equipped with 6 pounder and 17 pounder guns but these were soon replaced, firstly by 120mm (BAT) anti-tank guns and finally by 106mm Recoilless Rifles.

In 1960 the reorganisation of the Army resulted in the closure of the QMI country depots. A Squadron became a regular army squadron and eventually became B Squadron 1st Cavalry Regiment.

17 Pounder Bulimba 1957
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Canadian Scout 1952
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APCs on patrol
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During 1966 2nd/14th QMI was once again designated a Cavalry Regiment and re-equipped with Staghound Armoured Cars, Ferret Scout Cars and Saracen APC's. The Regiment was reduced to a squadron on 31st July 1976 and continued to train in the cavalry role using vehicles of the M113A1 family. 21st February 1980 saw the arrival of the first Fire Support Vehicle (Scorpion) mounting a 76mm gun.
Click to enlarge On 2nd December 1980 the unit again became a Regiment and on 31st October 1981 was renamed 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry). In June 1986 the Regiment became an integrated regular army and army reserve unit which saw it's end as a primarily citizen soldier Regiment.
Anzac Day 2001 the guidons were carried with a mounted escort of 16 riders from the QMI historical troop and the 2IC and the Adjutant of the Regiment.

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A History of the 2/14th Light Horse Regiment
(Queensland Mounted Infantry)

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