Sword and Lance - NSW Northern Rivers Cavalry book

Sword and Lance - NSW Northern Rivers Cavalry


Sword and Lance by M. Buckley 

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Sword and Lance


The Story of the Richmond River Horsemen Who Were Members of The Upper Clarence Light Horse, The Richmond River Light Horse, "E" and "G" Troops of the New South Wales Regiment of Volunteer Cavalry, 4th Squadron, New South Wales Lancers

The military history book begins during 1885, when Captain H G Chauvel who was also a farmer in the district, was instructed to form two troops of the Upper Clarence Light Horse. His son Harry Chauvel (World War I Light Horse Commander fame) also became a member of the troop being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant.

1. Troop at Tabulam also known as the Tabulam Mounted Infantry.
2. Troop at Casino also known as Richmond River Light Horse later forming with Lismore the 4th Squadron of the New South Wales Lancers
This is a highly detailed historical account of the Northern Rivers Lancers during the period 1885 to 1903. There is a 35 page story of the activities of members that went to the Boer War including nominal roll of the 4th Squadron men who served in South Africa. Also a page dedicated to the regimental badges and buttons of the Lancers.
Chapter 15 the last chapter, is a Summary of Events after 1903 which refers to the members who continued on in other wars with many photographs of the ex-members in later life.

In 1903, Lismore became the headquarters of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment with squadrons at Casino, Lismore, Tenterfield-Glenn Innes and Inverell. The Regiment Was given the territorial title of New South Wales Mounted Rifles. In 1907 the territorial title was changed to New South Wales Northern Rivers Lancers. In 1912 the territorial organisation administration was changed to Queensland Military District.

During World War I many older members of the Lancers volunteered for service overseas, mostly serving with Light Horse Regiments especially the 5th Light Horse Regiment.

The book concludes with several lists of members also including names that appeared on many patriotic memorials and various scrolls of honour throughout the Northern Rivers district.

The book is supported with a huge quantity of period photographs of members and activities.


A great collectible book for researchers of information regarding WW1 Light Horsemen service prior to the Great War.

Data sheet

Book Condition:
New Book - but has slight scuffs on the dust jacket - in storage since 1988 - pics show this book
Total Pages:
Publication Date:
1st edition and collectable Quality
Dimensions in mm :
215 x 280 x 24
Cover Type:
Heavy Hard Boards with Dust Jacket

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