1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers

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1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
RNSWL cap badge.gif
Cap badge of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
Active 1885 – Present
Country  Australia
Branch Army
Type Line Cavalry
Role Light Cavalry
Size One regiment
Part of 5th Brigade
Garrison/HQ Parramatta
Motto Tenax in Fide (Steadfast in Faith)
March Quick – El Abanico
Slow – Scipio
Anniversaries 3rd March – Regimental Birthday
Commanders
Current
commander
LTCOL Robert Lording
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Prince of Wales
(Colonel-in-Chief, RAAC)
Colonel of
the Regiment
Col Lee Long
Insignia
Unit Colour Patch 1st15th Royal New South Wales Lancers unit patch.svg

The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers is a current Australian Army Reserve Light Cavalry (Reconnaissance) Regiment. The regiment is based at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, a suburb in Western Sydney, New South Wales. Lancer Barracks is the oldest Military Barracks on mainland Australia and dates from 1819.

Description and history[edit]

The regiment has recently re-equipped with 4x4 Land Rover patrol vehicles as part of the conversion to a Light Cavalry (Reconnaissance) role. The last of the previously equipped vehicles, the M113A1 APC was handed over in 2006.

The regiment dates back to the formation of the Sydney Light Horse Volunteers in January 1885 and took its current name in 1956 when the 1st Royal New South Wales Lancers and the 15th Northern River Lancers amalgamated, initially being equipped with Matilda tanks.[1] The 1st/15th RNSWL carries the former regiments' battle honours, and consequently has 31 collective battle honours, including those from the Boer War, First World War and Second World War.

The Regimental Band of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers is one of the few RAAC regimental bands still in existence. It consists of Army Musicians who perform for Regimental functions, at public events, and for other Army Ceremonial tasks.

Battle honours[edit]

  • Boer War: South Africa 1899–1902
  • First World War: Anzac, Defence of Anzac, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Magdhaba-Rafah, Egypt 1915–17, Gaza-Beersheba, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Jericho, Jordan (Es Salt), Jordan (Amman), Megiddo, Nablus, Palestine 1917–18
  • Second World War: South West Pacific 1943–45, Finchaffen, Sattleberg, Wareo, Liberation of Australian New Guinea, Wareo-Lakona, Gusika-Fortification Point, Borneo, Balikpapan, Milford Highway

Current organisation[edit]

The regiment is currently located as follows:

  • Regimental Headquarters and Band — Lancer Barracks, Parramatta
  • A Squadron — Lancer Barracks, Parramatta
  • B Squadron — HMAS Harman, Canberra

Alliances[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1st RNSWL". New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum. 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

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