Harry Klein, author of Light Horse Cavalcade 1899-1961, ticked all the boxes necessary for making the book readable and informative. It was on offer at the recent Westgate Walding Auctioneers decorative and fine arts sale in Waverley. The Imperial Light Horse Regiment (ILH) was formed shortly before the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in October 1899, when Col Aubrey Woolls-Sampson approached Randlords Percy Fitzpatrick and Lionel Phillips for funds to mount and equip 1,000 men. Authority was granted by the British military command in Natal to establish the regiment under the command of a British regular officer. The name Imperial Light Horse was personally approved by Queen Victoria. The regiment was made up of six squadrons of 86 men each. The ILH did not have to wait long for their baptism of fire, which was at the Battle of Elandslaagte in Natal soon after the Anglo-Boer War broke out in 1899. To assist the British withdrawal from Dundee after the Battle of Talana Hill, Gen Georg...

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