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1st Mounted Rifles (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry)
Active 1911–1944
Country New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand Crown
Branch New Zealand Army
Role Mounted Rifles
Size One Regiment
Part of New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade
Engagements World War I

Middle Eastern Theatre during the Great War

The 1st Mounted Rifles (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry) was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during World War I as a squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiment. They served in the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I and first saw action during the Battle of Gallipoli.

As a part of the larger New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (of the ANZAC Mounted Division) they went on to serve in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.[1][2]

Great War Battles[edit | edit source]

Between the wars[edit | edit source]

In 1921 they were amalgamated with the 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles and redesignated the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry. By 1942, the regiment, as 1st Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles Regiment (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry), was part of the 5th Division's divisional troops, located at Ashburton.[3]

They were absorbed into the 3rd Armoured Regiment RNZAC on 29 March 1944.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "firstaif". Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080724080529/http://www.firstaif.info/pages/nz_mounted.htm. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  2. "diggerhistory". http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-nz/nzef.htm. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  3. Cooke and Crawford, 2011, 275.

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