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Hat - Slouch, Uniform, 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1914-1919 Reg. No: ST 041999
- Khaki slouch hat with emu feather plume on side. Part of complete 8th Australian Light Horse regimental uniform.
According to the Australian War Memorial, the 8th Light Horse was originally formed as the 6th Light Horse in September 1914 at the Broadmeadows training camp, then became the 8th (within the 3rd Light Horse Brigade) in the following months as the AIF rapidly expanded during World War I. The regiment sailed from Melbourne for Egypt on 24 February 1914. The light horse regiments were considered unsuitable for conditions at Gallipoli, but were subsequently deployed without their horses. They later defended the Suez Canal, were involved in operations in Palestine, and quelled uprest in Egypt. They sailed for home on 3 July 1919.
- Khaki hat with wide brim, turned up on proper left side, into which large emu feather is mounted. Tan leather chin strap. Khaki textile band (puggaree) around crown.
- Acquisition Information:
- Cultural Gifts Donation from Major Edward (Ted) Millett, 1994
|Tagged with:||military uniforms australian, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, -1|
|Themes this item is part of:||Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MILITARY HISTORY|
|Other Association (See Comments):||8th Australian Light Horse Regiment AIF, 1914-1919
Provenanced to the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment. Date based on World War I actions of 8th Australian Light Horse.
|References:||Information on the 8th Australian Light Horse from the Australian War Memorial web site http://www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_10563.asp, accessed 12/6/2009.|