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

  • Hobart Show
  • 25 - 28 October, 2017
    2 Howard Rd | Glenorchy

  • Remembrance Day
  • 11 November, 2017 at 10:30am - 11:30am
    Hobart Cenotaph | Hobart

Tasmanian Lighthorseย Feed

๐—ช๐—ช๐Ÿญ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ
Post 2. The work begins

The Wagon is dismantled and checked. The wheels are in good repair.

Facebook photo

๐—ช๐—ช๐Ÿญ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ
Post 1.

At a recent event at Clarendon house we got to meet and admire the work of Lowther Heavy Horses . After some discussion they are planning to restore an existing wagon in their collection to a WW1 Field ambulance and participate with us in various displays and parades. We (i.e. they) are aiming for Anzac day 2018.

This is the first of a series of posts to record the progress in their work.

Petrina has a link to the ALH with a great uncle (Edgar de burgh Norman ) serving with the 10th lighthorse. [https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R2048959/]

Needless to say we are pretty excited and pleased to have them working with us, so head over and like their page as well.

Facebook photo

Charge of Beersheba: 100th Anniversary.

This is a preliminary note to introduce the plans of the Tasmanian Lighthorse Inc. to organise a commemoration event on Tuesday 31st October, 2017 at the Hobart Cenotaph.

The event patron is the Hon Guy Barnett MP, and the Hobart City Council have made the Cenotaph area available to the troop for the afternoon and evening.

The basic outline will be a commemoration service preceded by a range of military vehicle and military history displays, and followed by a skill-at-arm display by the troop.


We hope to involve a range of other groups in this event as we remember and celebrate the success of this iconic ANZAC event.

Stay tuned as we work out the specific timing involved and various other surprises along the way.

Facebook photo

Boer War memorial commemorative ceremony

Facebook photo

This coming Sunday we will be attending the Boer War Commemoration organised by Reg Watson.

12 noon, Sunday 4th June 2017
Boer War Memorial,
Queenโ€™s Domain

Facebook photo


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.
Contact Form



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.
Contact Form


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.
Contact Form