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.
|9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles|
|Allegiance||New Zealand Crown|
|Branch||New Zealand Army|
|Part of||New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade|
|Engagements||World War I|
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.
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 RiflesWaikato 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 AustraliaWellington 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|