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10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles

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Active  1901–1944
Allegiance  New Zealand Crown
Type  Cavalry
Country  New Zealand
Branch  New Zealand Army
Role  Mounted Infantry
10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles

The 10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles, previously known as the 1st Regiment, Nelson Mounted Rifles is a military unit based in Nelson, New Zealand. 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.



Originally formed as the 1st Regiment, Nelson Mounted Rifles on 1 October 1901 with its headquarters in Nelson from the existing volunteer squadrons:

  • A Sqn (Marlborough Mounted Rifle Volunteers) at Blenheim
  • B Sqn (Wakatu Mounted Rifle Volunteers) at Nelson
  • C Sqn (Takaka Mounted Rifle Volunteers) at Takaka
  • D Sqn (Motueka Mounted Rifle Volunteers) at Motueka
  • First World War

    The unit was renamed the 10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles on 17 March 1911. They were mobilised during World War I as a squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment.

    Between the wars

    In 1917 they were renamed the 10th (Nelson and Marlborough) Mounted Rifle Regiment and in 1921 became The Nelson-Marlborough Mounted Rifles.

    Second World War

    The regiment began mobilisation for war in 1941 as the cavalry regiment of 11th Brigade Group, 5th Division. On 1 January 1942 was renamed the 10th Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles Regiment (Nelson-Marlborough Mounted Rifles). On 29 March 1944, 10th Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles Regiment (Nelson-Marlborough Mounted Rifles) was absorbed into the 3rd Armoured Regiment.

    Military actions

  • Battle of Gallipoli
  • Battle of Romani
  • Battle of Magdhaba
  • Battle of Rafa
  • First Battle of Gaza
  • Second Battle of Gaza
  • Third Battle of Gaza
  • Battle of Beersheba
  • Battle of Megiddo (1918)
  • Battle honours

  • South Africa 1900–1902
  • The Great War: ANZAC, Defence of ANZAC, Hill 60 (ANZAC), Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Magdhaba Rafah, Egypt 1915-17, Jordan (Amman), Palestine 1917-18.
  • Alliances

  •  United Kingdom – King Edward's Horse
  •  United Kingdom – 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)
  • References

    10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles Wikipedia

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