Country Victoria's Own: the 150-year History of 8/7 Royal by Neil Leckie

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Victorians made up part of each of the 2nd and 4th Battalions, while the 6th Battalion was completely Victorian, including Mounted Rifles, Rangers and recruits from the M D . The 2nd and 4th Battalions saw little action, while the 6th Battalion was still two weeks away from landing when the peace agreement was made in South Africa on 31 May 1902. 7, Public Records Office Victoria. Austin, Bold Steady Faithful, pA. Vazenry, The History of the RVR, p 1. Austin, Bold Steady Faithful, p7. The Ballarat Volunteer Rifle Regiment, p2.

28 30 POST FEDERATION Endnotes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ABS, p8. ABS, p8. Calder, Heroes and Gentlemen, p 119. Grey, A Military History of Australia, p64. ABS, plO. Calder, pi 19. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Sir Edward Hutton. Calder, p l 2 3 . Odgers, Army Australia, pp45-46. Austin, Bold Steady Faithful, p43. NAAwebsite/Courtney/1899-1914. Military Forces List 1904, p50. Commonwealth Gazette 64 of 10 November 1906. Vazenry, Military Forces of Victoria, pp3-45 and 3-47.

31 Part 1—Chapter 4 THE FIRST WORLD WAR BATTALIONS A day before war was declared on 4 August 1914 the Australian government offered Britain an expeditionary force of 20,000 troops, ready to sail within six weeks. Based on experience in South Africa, the government offered an infantry division and a light horse brigade to operate as a national unit under Australian command. Recruiting began on 14 August 1914. An additional infantry brigade was provided from men who volunteered in the first rush.

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