S.M.L.E. (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) (Lithgow 1918) rifle, serial number 4308. Part of 8th Australian Light Horse uniform. 42011, issued As Mk111.

According to the Australian War Memorial, the 8th Light Horse was originally formed as the 6th Light Horse in September 1914 at the Broadmeadows training camp, then became the 8th (within the 3rd Light Horse Brigade) in the following months as the AIF rapidly expanded during World War I. The regiment sailed from Melbourne for Egypt on 24 February 1914. The light horse regiments were considered unsuitable for conditions at Gallipoli, but were subsequently deployed without their horses. They later defended the Suez Canal, were involved in operations in Palestine, and quelled uprest in Egypt. They sailed for home on 3 July 1919.

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