Sydney University Scouts



Pre Word War One

"Compulsory Military Training Scheme that was introduced in 1910, which was directly responsible for expanding the Citizens Forces by up to 50 percent in the three years prior to the outbreak of World War I. Undoubtedly, the scheme proved to have numerous benefits, as many of these youths went on to serve in the First AIF during World War I and the expanded organisation allowed citizens forces officers more experience in commanding formed bodies of men. However, it was the main factors contributing to the decision to recruit the AIF on the basis of voluntary enlistment. Because the army in 1914 was largely made up of young men aged between 19 and 21 who had been enlisted under this scheme, and due to the provisions of the Defence Act that precluded sending conscripts overseas, upon the outbreak of the war it was necessary for the Australian Government to raise a separate force, outside of the Citizens Forces organisation for service overseas."


The University Volunteer Rifle Corps was raised on the 17th of November 1900, as part of the colonial Military Forces of New South Wales. In 1903, the UVRC changed its name to the Sydney University Scouts and the establishment had by then doubled to two rifle companies. When universal conscription was introduced in 1911, the Scouts numbers increased and it became a Militia Battalion.

Sydney University Regiment

Captain: Lindon Helton BIDDULPH. (Sydney University Scouts)

Captain: Eric Payten DARK. (Sydney University Scouts)

Lieutenant: Thomas Acheson ARMSTRONG. (Sydney University Scouts)

2nd Lieutenant: 11970 Charles Oswald HAMBLIN. ( Cadet: Sydney University Scouts) Marrickville, N.S.W.


12th Inf Regt (Byron)- 13th Inf Regt -14th Inf Regt (Hunter River)-16th Inf Regt (Newcastle)-18th Inf Regt (North Sydney) -19th Inf Regt (Kuring-gai)-21st Inf Regt (Woollahra)-24th Inf Regt (East Sydney)-25th Inf Regt (City of Sydney, Scottish Rifles)-26th Inf Regt-29th Inf Regt (Australian Rifles)-31st Inf Regt (Leichardt)-33rd Inf Regt (Irish Rifles)-34th Inf Regt-37th Inf Regt (Illawarra)-38th Inf Regt (St Georges Rifles) -39th Inf Regt-41st Inf Regt (Blue Mountains)- 42nd Inf Regt (Lachlan - Macquarie)-43rd Inf Regt (Werriwa)-44th Inf Regt (Riverina)- SUS (Sydney University Scouts)
Under Construction: 05/11/2014-13/12/2014.

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