For a period, the
squadrons were distributed to the battalions of 3rd Infantry Brigade;
later the Regiment operated as a complete unit. It was at such
historical places as Bolton's Ridge, Tasmania Post, Chatham's Post,
Balkan Pits and Lone Pine.
During August, Lt Col Arnott was evacuated sick and was succeeded in
command by Major (later Lt Col) Macarthur-Onslow.
After Gallipoli, the Light Horse were re-horsed in Egypt and 2nd Light
Horse Brigade was allotted to Anzac Mounted Division, with which the
7th Regiment remained until the end of hostilities. In Egypt, Sinai
and Palestine, it gained battle honours and the following remarks by
Lt Gen Sir Harry Chauvel, who commanded the Desert Mounted Corps, are
"At the Battle of Romani it was largely due to its stubborn
defence and spirited counter-attack, under the leadership of Lt Col G.
Macarthur-Onslow that the victory was so complete.
At the first Battle of Gaza, it was this Regiment that led the Anzac
Mounted Division through the night to its position in rear of the city
and which captured the new Commander of the Gaza Defence, who was on
his way up to take his command. During the Battle of Beersheba and the
pursuit which followed, the Regiment sustained the fine traditions it
had already established for dash and gallantry. In the raids across
Jordan and throughout the long summer of 1918 in the Jordan Valley, it
bore its share of the fighting and the hardships, from the bitter cold
of Gilead in mid-winter to the scorching heat of Jericho in July.
Under Lt Col J. D. Richardson, it played a brilliant part in the final
victory which destroyed three Turkish Armies and brought Germany's
Allied out of the War."
Decorations and awards gained by the Regiment were as follows: CMG -
2; DSO - 5; MC - 8; Order of the Nile - 4; DCM - 8; MM - 20; Serbian
Medal - 5; Mentioned in Despatches - 41; Complimentary Mention (Anzac)
- 1; Mentioned in Divisional Orders (Anzac) - 1.
A full narrative has been given in book form - "The 7th Light
Horse Regiment, A.I.F., 1914-1919" by Lt Col J. D. Richardson,
DSO; Publishers E. N. Birks, Radcliffe Press, Sydney.
The following are the Battle Honours awarded to the Regiment, only
those in block letters being borne on the Guidon which was received in
DEFENCE OF ANZAC,
JORDAN (ES SALT),