4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles

The 4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during World War I and formed part of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, and served in the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I and first saw action during the Battle of Gallipoli. As a part of the larger New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (of the ANZAC Mounted Division) they went on to serve in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.[1][2]

4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles
CountryNew Zealand
AllegianceNew Zealand Crown
BranchNew Zealand Army
Part ofNew Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade
EngagementsWorld War I
Middle Eastern data form middle eastern studies web
Middle Eastern Theatre during the Great War

Great War Battles

Between the Wars

They were renamed the 4th New Zealand Mounted Rifles (Waikato) in 1921 and later still Waikato Mounted Rifles, which was absorbed into the 1st Armoured Regiment, on the 29 March 1944.[1]


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Armoured reconnaissance

Armoured reconnaissance is the combination of terrestrial reconnaissance with armoured warfare by soldiers using tanks and wheeled or tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicles. While the mission of reconnaissance is to gather intelligence about the enemy with the use of reconnaissance vehicles, armoured reconnaissance adds the ability to fight for information, and to have an effect on and to shape the enemy through the performance of traditional armoured tasks.

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment

The Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment was a mounted infantry regiment from New Zealand raised, in August 1914, for service during the First World War. It was assigned to the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

The regiment was established with twenty-six officers, 523 other ranks and 600 horses. It was formed from three squadrons belonging to pre war Territorial Force regiments: the 3rd (Auckland) Mounted Rifles, the 4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles and the 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles. It included a small headquarters and, until 1916, a Maxim machine-gun section. During the war, the Maxim guns were withdrawn but the regiment's fire-power increased until each squadron had four Hotchkiss machine-guns, one per troop, by the end of the war.

As mounted infantry, the regiment rode into battle on their horses but were expected to dismount and fight on foot. The regiment fought predominantly against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Their first engagement was in the Gallipoli Campaign between May and December 1915, during which they participated in the largest battle of that theatre at Chunuk Bair and the fighting for Hill 60. Evacuated to Egypt, the regiment took part in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign from 1916 to 1918. Their early battles included Romani, Gaza and Beersheba. Later in the war, they were part of the force that occupied the Jordan Valley and took part in the raids on Amman and Es Salt. Their final wartime operation was in connection with the capture of the Turkish Fourth Army. During the four years of war, the regiment sustained 334 dead from all causes and 555 wounded, several of those more than once. After the war, the regiment played a minor role in the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 before it was disbanded in June 1919.

George Augustus King

Lieutenant-Colonel George Augustus King (3 March 1885 – 12 October 1917) was a New Zealander who served in the New Zealand Military Forces during World War One.

Born in Christchurch, King worked in surveying and farming before he became a professional soldier in New Zealand's Permanent Forces in 1910. He volunteered for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force following the outbreak of World War One. After participating in the Gallipoli Campaign, he was selected by the commander of the newly formed New Zealand Division, Major General Russell, for command of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion on the Western Front.

King later commanded a battalion in the Canterbury Infantry Regiment and was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

List of Commonwealth armoured regiments

The following is a list of Commonwealth armoured regiments. The Commonwealth of Nations, normally referred to as the Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organisation of 54 independent member states. All members except Mozambique and Rwanda were part of the British Empire, out of which the Commonwealth developed.


1 South African Tank Regiment

1 Special Service Battalion

1st Armoured Regiment

1st Hussars

1st Queen's Dragoon Guards

1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers

6th DCO's Lancers

10th Armoured Regiment

10th Light Horse Regiment

11th Armoured Regiment

11th Cavalry

12e Régiment blindé du Canada

12th Armoured Regiment

12th Cavalry

12th/16th Hunter River Lancers

13th Armoured Regiment

13th Lancers

15th Armoured Regiment

15th Lancers

16th Cavalry

18th Cavalry

19th Armoured Regiment

19th KGO's Lancers


2nd Cavalry Regiment

2nd Lancers

2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry)

20th Lancers

20th Lancers

22nd Cavalry

23rd Cavalry

24th Cavalry

25th Cavalry

26th Cavalry

27th Cavalry

28th Cavalry

29th Cavalry


3rd Cavalry

3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment

3rd/9th South Australia Mounted Rifles

30th Cavalry

31st Cavalry

32nd Cavalry

33rd Cavalry


4th Armoured Regiment

4th Cavalry

4th Horse

4th Waikato Mounted Rifles

4th/9th Prince of Wales' Light Horse

40th Armoured Regiment

40th Cavalry

41st Armoured Regiment

41st Horse

42nd Armoured Regiment

42 Armoured Regiment (India)

42nd Cavalry

43rd Armoured Regiment

43rd Cavalry

44th Armoured Regiment

45th Armoured Regiment

46th Armoured Regiment

47th Armoured Regiment

48th Armoured Regiment

49th Armoured Regiment


5th Armoured Regiment

5th Horse

50th Armoured Regiment

50th Cavalry

51st Armoured Regiment

51st Cavalry

52nd Armoured Regiment

52nd Cavalry

53rd Armoured Regiment

53rd Cavalry


6th Armoured Regiment

6th Lancers (DCO's)

61st Cavalry

62nd Cavalry

63rd Cavalry

64th Cavalry

65th Armoured Regiment

66th Armoured Regiment

67th Armoured Regiment

68th Armoured Regiment

69th Armoured Regiment


7th Lancers

7th Light Cavalry

70th Armoured Regiment

71st Armoured Regiment

72nd Armoured Regiment

73rd Armoured Regiment

74th Armoured Regiment

75th Armoured Regiment

76th Armoured Regiment


8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

8th Lancers

8th Light Cavalry

81st Armoured Regiment

82nd Armoured Regiment

83rd Armoured Regiment

84th Armoured Regiment

85th Armoured Regiment

86th Armoured Regiment

87th Armoured Regiment

88th Armoured Regiment

89th Armoured Regiment


9th Lancers

9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

90th Armoured Regiment


Armour Troop, Service and Support Platoon, SKNDF


British Columbia Dragoons

British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own)


Central India Horse


Deccan Horse



Fort Garry Horse


Governor General's Horse Guards

Guides Cavalry FF


Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

Household Cavalry Regiment


King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)

King's Royal Hussars

Kor Armour DiRaja


Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC)

Light Dragoons

Light Horse Regiment

Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)


Natal Mounted Rifles


Ontario Regiment (RCAC)


PAVO (11th) Cavalry FF

Poona Horse

President's Bodyguard

President's Bodyguard

Pretoria Regiment

Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC)

Probyn's Horse


Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles

Queen's Own Yeomanry

Queen's Royal Hussars (Queen's Own and Royal Irish)

Queen's Royal Lancers

Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC)


Reconnaissance Regiment

Regiment Mooirivier

Regiment Oranjerivier

Regiment President Steyn

Rhodesian Armoured Corps

Royal Canadian Dragoons

Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)

Royal Dragoon Guards

Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Royal Tank Regiment

Royal Wessex Yeomanry

Royal Yeomanry


Saskatchewan Dragoons

Scinde Horse

Sherbrooke Hussars

Singapore Armoured Regiment

Skinner's Horse

South Alberta Light Horse


Umvoti Mounted Rifles


Windsor Regiment (RCAC)

See Also

List of Commonwealth Infantry Regiments

Magdhaba-Rafah (battle honour)

Magdhaba-Rafah and Maghdaba-Rafah were battle honours awarded to units of the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that took part in the Affair of Magdhaba or the Action of Rafah during the winter of 1916–17 in the Sinai Campaign of the Great War.Australian units were awarded Magdhaba-Rafah:

1st Light Horse Regiment

2nd Light Horse Regiment

3rd Light Horse Regiment

8th Light Horse Regiment

9th Light Horse Regiment

10th Light Horse Regiment

14th Light Horse Regiment

15th Light Horse Regiment

26th (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) Light Horse RegimentNew Zealand units were awarded Maghdaba-Rafah:

1st Mounted Rifles (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry)

Queen Alexandra's 2nd (Wellington West Coast) Mounted Rifles

3rd (Auckland) Mounted Rifles

4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles

6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles

9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles

10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles

11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles

New Zealand Expeditionary Force

The New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) was the title of the military forces sent from New Zealand to fight alongside other British Empire and Dominion troops during World War I (1914–1918) and World War II (1939–1945). Ultimately, the NZEF of World War I became known as the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The NZEF of World War II was known as the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF).

Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (RNZAC) is the overall umbrella grouping of Regular Force and Territorial Force units equipped with armoured vehicles in the New Zealand Army. The corps was formed in 1942 as the New Zealand Armoured Corps, before being given the Royal prefix in 1947. The RNZAC is second in seniority of corps within the New Zealand Army.

During the 1990s, corps personnel contributed to the deployment of a mechanized infantry company group to Bosnia-Hercegovina for UNPROFOR as part of the NZDF Operation Radian.

Waikato Mounted Rifles

The Waikato Mounted Rifles (WMR) is the New Zealand Army’s only Territorial Force (Army Reserve) squadron of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (RNZAC). The Squadron's origins can be traced back to 1869 when the first mounted unit was raised in the Waikato. Today the Squadron is part of Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles (QAMR) where it forms the regiment's reserve squadron. WMR's role is mounted reconnaissance and surveillance.

New Zealand Great War Mounted Regiments
Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment
Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment
Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment
Otago Mounted Rifles Regiment

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