9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles

The 9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles was formed on March 17, 1911. They were mobilised during World War I as a squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment. They 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]

9th (Wellington East Coast) 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

In 1921 they became the 7th New Zealand Mounted Rifles (Wellington East Coast) and later still became the Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles, which was later was absorbed into the 2nd Armoured Regiment, on the 29 March 1944.[1]


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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

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.

Wellington East

Wellington East may mean:

Wellington East (electoral district), was a provincial electoral district in the province of Ontario, Canada

Wellington East (New Zealand electorate), was a parliamentary electorate in the eastern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand from 1887 to 1890 and from 1905 to 1946

9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles, in New Zealand, was formed on 17 March 1911

Wellington East Girls' College, on the lower slopes of Mount Victoria, in New Zealand

Wellington East, South Australia, locality on the left bank of the lower reaches of the Murray River in Australia

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment

The Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment was a mounted infantry regiment from New Zealand, raised 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, with an establishment of twenty-six officers, 523 other ranks and 600 horses, was formed from three squadrons belonging to pre war Territorial Force regiments; the Queen Alexandra's 2nd (Wellington West Coast) Mounted Rifles, the 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles and the 9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles. It also included a small headquarters and, until 1916, a Maxim machine-gun section. The Maxim guns were withdrawn but the regiment's fire-power increased during the war, by the end of which each squadron had four Hotchkiss machine-guns, one per troop.

As mounted infantry, the regiment rode into battle on their horses, but were expected to dismount for battle, and then fight on foot. The regiment fought predominantly against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. In the Gallipoli Campaign between May and December 1915, they participated in the largest battle of that theatre at Chunuk Bair, and also in the fighting for Hill 60. Evacuated to Egypt, they then took part in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign from 1916 to 1918. The early battles there included those at Romani, Gaza and Beersheba. Later in the war they were part of the force that occupied the Jordan Valley, and took part in the raid on Amman and the raid on Es Salt. Their final war time operation was in connection with the capture of the Turkish Fourth Army. During the four years of war the regiment had 369 dead and 453 wounded, several of those wounded more than once. After the war, the regiment played a minor role in the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, before being disbanded in June 1919.

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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