For Australia the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.
In general terms with Australian unit histories the quality of authorship is very good, most of them share the common strength of making plentiful mention of the individual officers and men who served, fought, died, was wounded, or taken prisoner, or who came safely home at the end of it all. They are a prime source for genealogists and military historians.
WITH THE NINTH LIGHT HORSE IN THE GREAT WAR
The Regiment was raised in October 1914, fought in Egypt, Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine, and Mesopotamia, and was then disbanded in Australia in August 1919. A total of 4000 officers and men passed through the regiment during the war. Of the original 500 who embarked, only 41 survived. Of unusual interest are the descriptions of the final advance into Syria (Homs and Tripoli), and the rebellion in Egypt in 1919. The Regiment had the distinction of capturing the only Turkish unit Colour to be taken in the Middle East campaign. Roll of Honour (with ranks, dates and causes).