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

  • ANZAC Day
  • 25 April, 2018
    Hobart Cenotaph | Hobart

  • Remembrance Day
  • 11 November, 2018 at 10:30am - 11:30am
    Hobart Cenotaph | Hobart

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

Getting the troop together and ready for Anzac day 2018 #anzac #lighthorse #100years #ww1 #ambulance

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Sadly the Tasmanian Lighthorse will not be attending the 2018 Richmond Village Fair today due to the poor weather forecast.

The fair will still go on without us but unfortunately we cannot risk the equipment in the rain.

See you all in 10 days on ANZAC Day.

As recorded in the regimental history of the 3rd Lighthorse:
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"On 25th at 0700 we moved off, our object being to reach Es-Salt by the track shown on the map as running from Um-Es-Shert, our Regiment being temporarily attached to 60th Division [of the British Army], who were advancing on Es-Salt by the main Nimrin-Es-Salt Road, and also by No 6 Road. As we moved up the valley we came under shell fire from the western bank of the Jordan, near Um-Es-Shert, but soon after we were enveloped in a thick mist, which effectually screened us from the enemy's view. As we neared the track one Squadron proceeded North-East into the hills, the remainder of the Regiment striking the track before commencing the ascent. The mist had made the track, which was very precipitous and stony, slippery, and it was only negotionable by leading the horses in single file, a very slow and tiring process, each man being heavily laden with ammunition, rations, etc.
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At the junction of Nos 6 and 7 Roads we were joined by infantry, who were marching to Es-Salt by No 6 Road. The heights overlooking Es-Salt were reached by 1830 without opposition. A patrol was sent into the town, outposts were put out, and the Regiment bivoucked for the night, which was misty and extremely cold. A good deal of rifle fire was heard in the town, but it was found that the inhabitants were firing inn the air as a welcome to us. This night was the coldest experienced by the REgiment since the Gallipoli snow."

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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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