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The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
is a current Australian Army Reserve
The Australian Army Reserve is a collective name given to the reserve units of the Australian Army. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, the reserve military force has been known by many names, including the Citizens Forces, the Citizen Military Forces, the Militia and, unofficially, the...
Light Cavalry (Reconnaissance) Regiment. The regiment is based at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, New South Wales
Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located in Greater Western Sydney west of the Sydney central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. Parramatta is the administrative seat of the Local Government Area of the City of Parramatta...
. The regiment has recently re-equipped with 4x4 Land Rover
The Land Rover Perentie is a vehicle in use by the Australian Army, produced in Australia and based on the Land Rover Defender 110. It was introduced in 1987 to replace the ageing fleet of Series 2A and 3 Land Rovers, and is still in service...
patrol vehicles as part of the conversion to a Light Cavalry (Reconnaissance) role. The last of the previously equipped vehicles, the M113A1 APC
The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that has formed the backbone of the United States Army's mechanized infantry units from the time of its first fielding in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S...
was handed over in 2006.
The current regiment was formed in 1956 when the 1st Royal New South Wales Lancers
The 1st Royal New South Wales Lancers was a former Australian Army light cavalry regiment. Its complicated lineage includes the New South Wales Lancers which were first formed as a colonial unit in 1885, and subsequently saw action in the Second Boer War, and later during First World War at...
and the 15th Northern River Lancers
The 15th Northern River Lancers was an amphibious assault squadron of the Australian Army, the Lancers were designated A squadron of the Amphibious Assault Regiment. The 15th Northern River Lancers were formed in 1948 and based in Northern New South Wales, in 1956 it was amalgamated with the 1st...
were joined, initially being equipped with Matilda tank
The Infantry Tank Mark II known as the Matilda II was a British infantry tank of the Second World War. It was also identified from its General Staff Specification A12....
s. The 1st/15th RNSWL carries the former regiments' battle honours, and consequently it is the most highly decorated unit in the Australian Army with 21 battle honours, including those from the Boer War
The Second Boer War was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers of two independent Boer republics, the South African Republic and the Orange Free State...
, First World War and Second World War.
The Regimental Band of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers is one of the few RAAC regimental bands still in existence. It consists of Army Musicians who perform for Regimental functions, at public events, and for other Army Ceremonial tasks.
1st Royal New South Wales Lancers
15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
- Boer War: South Africa 1899–1902;
- First World War: Defence at ANZAC, Sari Bair, Rumani , Magdhaba-Rafah , Gaza-Beersheba, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Jericho, Jordan (Amman), and Megiddo
- Second World War: South West Pacific, Finchaffen, Sattleberg, Wareo, New Guinea, Wareo-Lakon, Gusika, Borneo, Balikpapan, Milford Highway
- Boer War: South Africa 1899–1902;
- First World War: Rumani, Magdhaba-Rafah, Egypt, Gaza-Beersheba, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Jericho, Jordan (Es Salt), Jordan (Amman), Megiddo, Nablus, Damascus
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