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

Tasmanian Lighthorse Feed

Clarendon house was a beautiful setting for a skill-at-arms display. And an impressive set of images by
Mishka Gora.

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Tomorrow we head up to Clarendon House at Evandale, Tasmania for the National Trust "Voices of the animals" eventon Sunday 14th May.

We have two skill-at-arms displays on Sunday.


Our Troop Sergeant recently recorded an interview for ABC local Radio with Chris Wisbey to chat about the Troop's activities, aims and goals.

It's coming up just after 11am on ABC local Radio in Tasmania so tune in to 936 7ZR or to listen online click here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/live/

For anyone visiting our page, subsequent to ANZAC day or otherwise, who has an interest in the history of C Squadron of the 3rd Lighthorse Regiment, we have a nominal role and Squadron history on our website:

The Troop also recommends the book "Tasmania’s A.I.F. Lighthorsemen - C-Squadron 3rd Light Horse AIF" by Peter Pickering for more in-depth research.
(LINC Tasmania: https://goo.gl/GhJC47)

Breakfast for the Troop while we prepare for the main ANZAC day parade and service

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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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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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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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