About C Squadron 3rd Light Horse Regiment

History of the Troop

In 1914 when Australia joined the war, there were 23 Lighthorse regiments of militia volunteers. The 3rd Lighthorse regiment (AIF) was formed comprising C Squadron from Tasmania, along with A and B Squadrons from South Australia. As part of the 1st Lighthorse Brigade, they saw action at Gallipoli, fighting as dismounted troops. They were instrumental in the battle of Romani defending the Suez Canal against the advancing Turkish forces and participated in the following Sinai and Palestine offensive which included the taking of Beersheba.

Current Troop

As an historical re-enactment troop we endeavour to keep alive the traditions and activities of the Tasmanian Mounted Infantry, providing an opportunity to see the uniforms and equipment of the Lighthorse as it was used. Each member of the troop collects and maintains his own original or accurate reproduction equipment. Great care is taken with the uniforms and equipment to be as accurate and true to history as possible.

Lighthorse Troop Activities

During the two world wars, Lighthorse militia regiments were maintained and regularly attended rural agricultural shows around Tasmania, demonstrating the various skills required to train soldier and horse for effective military service. Troops were located at various centres, and these often used to compete with each other in the various skill-at-arms activities. Skill-at-arms was historically part of the training for the Mounted Infantry prior to and following the war. They provide the horse and rider with necessary basic skills for mounted combat. Like our forebears, we display some of these skills at various agricultural shows as we are invited.

Upcoming Events

I’m very happy that you are carrying on our tradition. It makes me feel really good ‘cause there’s not many of us left and it’s great to see you bringing before the public what we used to do. I deeply appreciate it.

~ Ron Walters, November 2012

Tasmanian Lighthorse Feed

Monthly training day for the troop getting ready for the Hobart Show and Beersheba Centenary.

Coffee on a Saturday morning for the Franklin section of the troop. Good coffee!! And we paid for it so no bias in the opinion.
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The Tasmanian Lighthorse will be attending the 2017 Royal Hobart Show on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th of October.

We will be providing displays of skill-at-arms at 1:30pm on Thursday and 12pm on Friday.

A question often asked of our troop members is "Is this gear original?"

A simple question with a sometimes tricky answer. All of the uniforms and equipment our troop members use falls into one of several categories: original (manufactured prior to 1945), reproduction (modern manufacture to original specifications) or substitute.

Slouch hats are generally the only completely modern item while almost all metalwork, badges, buckles and the like, are original with everything else falling somewhere in between.

In the top picture there are three pack horse head collars, one made in 1915, one in 1945 and one reproduction circa 2000. All three are in serviceable condition but better to risk damage to the reproduction.
The markings are from a 1912 Universal Pattern saddle.
AUSTRALIA C.G.H.F with a broad arrow denotes place of manufacture at the Commonwealth Government Harness Factory in Melbourne.
6MD, 5 13, 26 LH, 51 denotes that this saddle was issued in the 6th Military District (Tasmania) in May of 1913 to the 26th Lighthorse Regiment. It was saddle number 51.

In Tasmania we find most saddles to have similar date marks and the hypothesis is that at the outbreak of war with the raising of the Australian Imperial Force that the 26th LH quartermaster may have kept the newest saddles and equipment in Tasmania while sending older equipment interstate.

For safety all bridle reins, saddle girths, stirrup leathers and other critical items used in displays are reproduction.

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Meet Our Patron

Ron Walters joined the Wynyard Lighthorse Troop in 1941 at the age of 19. His horse was a chestnut named Diana. As a break from their regular training and patrolling, Ron and his Squadron (made up of 4 Troops of 30 men) attended shows where they demonstrated Skill-At-Arms routines such as tent pegging, tilting the ring, and section attacks with blank firing.

In 1942 the 22nd Lighthorse Regiment was mechanised and became the 22nd Motor Regiment. The horses were sold and Ron instead drove a Universal Carrier, more commonly known as a Bren Gun Carrier.

In 1946, after WWII had ended, Ron was driving through Turnbridge and thought he recognised a chestnut in a paddock, he called out “Diana” and she trotted straight over to the fence, happy to meet again.

RECRUITING NOW

Join the Lighthorse

If you have a love of history and want to keep Australia’s heritage alive then why not join the Lighthorse? Whether you want to help man static displays, ride in parades or displays, or work as ground crew, new members are welcomed.Please use the contact form if you are interested in more details about joining the troop.
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HELP WRITE HISTORY

WHAT IS YOUR STORY

Do you have a family member who served with C Squadron? One of our aims is to document information and the experiences of those who served in the Tasmanian Lighthorse. If you have information, letters, extracts or photos which you would like us to record then please use the contact form to get in touch.
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WANT A LIGHTHORSE DISPLAY

Book a Display

The Lighthorse have displayed at a wide range of events including shows, schools and various memorial services. We do skill-at-arms and static displays or parades. Check out the Skill at Arms and Static Display pages. If you want the Lighthorse to put on a display at your event then please get in contact with us via the contact form.
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