Title: Maygar’s Boys – A Biographical History of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-19
Author: Simpson, Cameron Victor
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1998
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 308 pages
Comments: The biographical history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF.
The 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF was formed in Melbourne in 1914. Men were recruited from Victoria and the New South Wales border regions for the 8th Light Horse, whose fighting reputation would soon be among the finest of any formation to leave Australia’s shores.
During its five years of service, the Regiment fought at Gallipoli, where in August of 1915 at The Nek it was decimated, losing its first CO, Lt-Col White. Then in October, Lt-Col Leslie Maygar VC, a venerated Boer War veteran took command of the Regiment, leading it through Sinai and Palestine where at Gaza the Regiment again suffered heavy losses in action. At Beersheba, the renowned Maygar was mortally wounded although his fighting spirit remained with the regiment, a paragon, for the rest of the war.
This well-illustrated study will serve as a detailed unit history, a medal roll, at Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine service records and a ready “who’s who” of the members of the renowned “Fighting 8th Light Horse”.
By their actions, the commanders, officers and men of the 8th LHR wrote themselves into the annals of military history to become a legend in its own time. During the Gaza actions, a question was asked: ‘What regiment is that?’ … Came the reply, ‘Maygar’s Boys’.
Includes Nominal Roll, Honours and Awards