1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
|1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers|
Cap badge of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
|Active||1885 – Present|
|Part of||5th Brigade|
|Garrison/HQ||Lancer Barracks, Parramatta|
|Motto(s)||Tenax in Fide (Steadfast in Faith)|
|March||Quick – El Abanico
Slow – Scipio
|Anniversaries||3 March – Regimental Birthday|
|LTCOL Scott Francis|
|Colonel-in-Chief||HRH The Prince of Wales
|Colonel Lee Long|
|Unit Colour Patch|
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
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. 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 Army regimental bands still in existence. The Band was formed in 1891 and has served with the regiment since, making it the oldest military band in Australia. The Lancer Band consists of Army Musicians who perform for Regimental functions, at public events, and for other Army Ceremonial tasks.
- 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
The regiment is currently located as follows:
- Regimental Headquarters — Lancer Barracks, Parramatta
- Regimental Band — Lancer Barracks, Parramatta
- A Squadron — Lancer Barracks, Parramatta
- B Squadron — HMAS Harman, Canberra
The regimental museum was started in 1957, and is currently hosted at its own building in Linden House, Parramatta. Its collection includes equipment, uniforms, weapons and vehicles used by the Lancers along its history.
The vehicles on display include:
- Covenanter bridgelayer tank
- Matilda close support tank (with 3 inch howitzer)
- Bren Gun carrier
- Staghound armoured car
- Ferret Mk1 and Mk2 scout cars
- Centurion main battle tank
- Daimler Dingo scout car
- Land Rover 4x4 truck with 106mm recoilless gun
- Austin Champ 4x4 truck
Covenanter Tank Bridgelayer in museum collection
- "1st RNSWL". New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum. 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "The Museum". Website of the Royal New South Wales Lancers Lancer Barracks and Museum. New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated. February 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- Lancers Museum, Covenanter Bridgelayer (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Matilda Tank (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Bren Gun Carrier (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Staghound armoured car (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Ferret scout car (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Centurion Tank (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Daimler Dingo (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Land Rover (retrieved 4 April 2015)
- Lancers Museum, Austin Champ (retrieved 4 April 2015)
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