The Story of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment. 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment, Frank Mead BLACKWELL, Donald Roy DOUGLAS, Roderick Andrew McFARLANE.
The Story of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment
The Story of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

The Story of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

Adelaide, 3rd Light Horse Regiment (South Australian Mounted Rifles), 1950.

Octavo, [vi], 142 (last, colophon only) pages with 5 illustrations (including 3 portraits from photographs) and 3 maps, plus a corrigenda slip mounted on page 53, correcting, among other things, the name of the compiler of the second section from R.H. to D.R. Douglas.

Thin card covers a little rubbed, and lightly stained and creased, with the corners of the rear cover renewed; very short tear to the blank top margin (and a light tidemark to the leading margin) of the first dozen leaves (with the tear on the first leaf sealed); relevant newspaper cutting mounted inside the rear cover uniformly tanned and offset onto the last page (which has minimal silverfish damage); overall a decent copy of a very rare item, in spite of (or, more likely, because of) its relatively recent vintage.

Part 1, 'The Regiment prepares for War' and 'Gallipoli Campaign' (pages 1-52), was compiled by 111 Trooper Frank Mead Blackwell, who enlisted on 24 August 1914. Part 2, 'Western Egypt, Sinai, Palestine. Rewritten from the original history of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment' (pages 53-130), was compiled by fellow-veteran 127 Donald Roy Douglas, who enlisted a week later, on 1 September 1914. Pages 133-141 contain 'Additional Notes and Comments' by Roderick Andrew McFarlane, the original Regimental Sergeant-Major (see page 3). Dornbusch 380 (quoting a letter containing incomplete and incorrect information about the authorship); Fielding and O'Neill, page 232 (listing only two authors, the second one as R.H. Douglas); Trigellis-Smith 265 (repeating Dornbusch's incorrect quote).

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