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

Major: Robert Thomas HUNT. (Sydney University Scouts) 

Captain: Lindon Helton BIDDULPH. (Sydney University Scouts)

Captain: Eric Payten DARK. (Sydney University Scouts)

Captain: Telford Graham GILDER. (Sydney University Scouts) Pymble, N.S.W.

Lieutenant: Thomas Acheson ARMSTRONG. (Sydney University Scouts)

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

Lieutenant: Stephen Matthew HARRIS (Cadet: Sydney University Scouts) Armidale, (To be Dismissed from His Majesty's Service)

Lieutenant: Ernest SHANNON. + (Sydney University Scouts) School Teacher, Drummoyne, N.S.W.

Private: Norman Gilbert THOM. (Sydney University Scouts) Engineering Student, Sydney, N.S.W.



12th Inf Btn (Byron)- 13th Inf Btn-14th Inf Btn (Hunter River)- 16th Inf Btn (Newcastle)-18th Inf Btn (North Sydney)-19th Inf Btn (Kuring-Gai) -21st Inf Btn (Woollahra)-24th Inf Btn (East Sydney) 25th Inf Btn (City of Sydney, Scottish Rifles)-26th Inf Btn -29th Inf Btn (Australian Rifles)-31st Inf Btn (Leichardt)-33rd Inf Btn (Irish Rifles)- 34th Inf Btn-36th Inf Btn (St Georges English Rifles)-37th Inf Btn (Illawarra)--39th Inf Btn-41st Inf Btn (Blue Mountains)- 42nd Inf Btn (Lachlan - Macquarie)-43rd Inf Btn (Werriwa)-44th Inf Btn (Riverina)- SUS (Sydney University Scouts)

Under Construction: 05/11/2014-02/03/2018.