Battle of Romani (World War 1, 3 August 1916 to 5 August 1916)

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About This Campaign

 

After many months of patrolling east of the Suez Canal, the ANZAC Mounted Division fought its first major action following Gallipoli, at Romani, in order to halt a major Turkish advance on the Canal. Australian, New Zealand, and British mounted troops engaged up to 8,000 Turks moving west towards British outposts.  

The battle was not fought from horseback in the manner of cavalry but rather as mounted infantry, the purpose for which the Light Horse was configured. The mounted troops prevailed and were able to turn the attacking enemy. A withdrawal by the enemy was forced and the threat to the Canal alleviated.

The ANZAC mounted troops took the major brunt of the Turkish attacks resulting in 900 casualties. 

 

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Names

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BURLEY, Robert Stanford

Service number 1428
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 28 Apr 1877

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DRYSDALE, George Russell

Service number 461
Sergeant
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1886

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CRAIN, Ernest William

Service number Q213628
Private
13th (Rockhampton) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 10 Jan 1882

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BARCLAY, David

Service number 801
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Oct 1887

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HICKS, George

Service number 661
Captain
5th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jan 1873

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WARD, John Edmund Newman

Service number 973
Trooper
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 12 Mar 1893

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ALDRIDGE, Harry Richmond

Service number 515
Lance Corporal
Born 18 Jan 1891

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KAY, James Morell McKenzie

Service number 313
Lance Corporal
1st Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
AIF WW1
Born 26 Mar 1893

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