Morton Reginald SANDLAND

SANDLAND, Morton Reginald

Service Number: 191
Enlisted: 14 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Koonoona, South Australia, 22 June 1889
Home Town: Burra (SA), Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Burra State School and St. Peter's College, South Australia
Occupation: Sheep farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Beersheba War Cemetery
Row D, Grave No. 29
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booborowie Leighton WW1 Roll of Honor, Burra Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin SANDLAND Memorial Window, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: ''
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
23 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Katuna, Adelaide
23 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 191, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Katuna embarkation_ship_number: A13 public_note: ''
16 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
9 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
31 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Battle of Beersheba, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-10-31

Help us honour Morton Reginald Sandland's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.


Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Saturday 10 November 1917


"Faithful Unto Death."



The late Lieutenant M. R. SANDLAND, 3rd Light Horse, was the third son of the late Mr. J. C. Sandland and Mrs. Sandland, of Koonoowarra, near Burra. He was born at Koonoona station on June 22, 1890.  He was educated at   the Burra State school and St. Peter's College. He left Burra in August, 1914, and was the first   Burra, boy to enlist. He left Australia in October, 1914, as a private, and by sheer hard work gained his commission, receiving his first lieutenancy a few months ago. He was a thorough sportsman, and was a conspicuous figure on the polo, football, and cricket grounds. He was invalided home in February, 1916, and left again for active service in June. He had then seen constant service   until he fell in action on October 31 last. His manly, upright character endeared him to all, and his early death is greatly regretted. (


 From the book Fallen Saints 

Morton Reginald Sandland was born at Kooringa, near Burra about 160 km north of Adelaide, South Australia and prior to the war was a sheep farmer.  By the time he enlisted at Morphettville Camp on 14 August 1914 Morton had already served two years with the 23rd Light Horse (Barossa) Regiment, Citizens Force.

He was posted to A Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment and was appointed lance corporal a week prior to sailing from Adelaide with aboard HMAT Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914. After arriving in Egypt in the second week of December the 3rd Light Horse Regiment joined the 1st and 2nd Regiments to form the 1st Light Horse Brigade which after landing at Anzac on 12 May 1915 joined the New Zealand and Australian Division.

Lance Corporal Sandland was made temporary corporal at Destroyer Hill on 10 July, then four days later was evacuated via Hospital Ship Clan Macgillivray.  After convalescence for Bronchitis at Malta and Alexandria he made a complete recovery and returned to his unit on 25 August.

Towards the end of October he was evacuated from Mudros via HS Formosa to Malta where he was admitted to Tigné Hospital with acute appendicitis.

At the beginning of December he was transferred to where he was admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt.

On 21 January 1916 he embarked aboard HMAT Commonwealth for 3 months ‘change’ in Australia where he made a full recovery and on 23 June re-embarked on with the 18th reinforcements for 3rd LH Regiment and sailed aboard HMAT Katuna.

He was attached to the 1st Light Horse Training Regiment at Moascar, Egypt on 10 August and five days later rejoined the 3rd Light Horse Regiment at Romani and was promoted to sergeant on 23 August.

On 26 January 1917 Sergeant C.R. Howard, RSM Soden, Sergeant C.J. Tongs and Sergeant M.R. Sandland were appointed commissioned rank. [i]

Sergeant Sandland attended and passed the 23rd Officer’s course at the Imperial School of Instruction, at Zeitoun camp, Egypt and was promoted to Lieutenant on 9 May and in July qualified as an instructor on the Hotchkiss Gun.

During the attack at Beersheba on 31 October the 3rd Light Horse Regiment suffered the loss of one officer and 10 other ranks killed and 18 wounded. The officer killed was Lieutenant Morton Reginald Sandland; he was 27 years of age.

Lance Corporal A.C. Rodgers, medical detail, and Trooper T.R. Hogarth, the latter being posthumously awarded the MM, were killed. The enemy surrendered upon the final assault being made. Lieutenant M.R. Sandland of A Squadron, was killed during the attack.[ii]

Morton’s younger brother Bertram enlisted in February 1917, served as a Trooper in 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia in 1919. 

[i] ibid, p 51
[ii] ibid, p 62