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

Some photos of the service today for the Committal of Ashes for Trooper James Thomas Nichols of C Squadron, 3rd Lighthorse 1914-18. In between rain showers we had the chance to lay to rest a WW1 Lighthorsemen who though he passed away in 1970 his service to Australia remained unacknowledged.

Trooper Nichols served in the 3rd Lighthorse Regiment in World War 1, first at Gallipoli and then in Palestine. Returning to Australia and discharged in 1916, Nichols returned to his pre-war occupation of tailor and later, reenlisted in WW2.

Trooper Nichols was predeceased by his wife and son and after his death his ashes remained unclaimed at Turnbull Funerals since 1970.

The Tasmanian Lighthorse would like to extend our thanks to the following for organising and participating in this service:
Padre Scott Sargent, Senior Army Chaplain Tasmania
Andrea Gerard, The Headstone Project
Jasmine Wylder, Turnbull Funerals
Tamara Whitehead, Millingtons Funeral and Cemetery Services
Peter Dane, Lenah Valley RSL, RSL Tasmania
Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy & Royal Australian Air Force representatives.
All those who volunteered their time to help with the horses

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7 o'clock on a cold, dark evening finds members of the troop holed up in a hay shed refreshing their dismounted drill in preparation for an upcoming event.

On the 15th of September at 12:30pm Cornelian Bay cemetery there will be a service for the committal of ashes of Trooper James Thomas Nichols of C Squadron, 3rd Lighthorse Regiment, 1st AIF 1914-1918.

Sadly predeceased by the rest of his family Trooper Nichols ashes remained uncollected for several decades but now a service will be held.

Please feel free to join us to remember his service.

Our mainland counterparts at the 7th Light Horse - Gundagai Troop are currently advertising their community event Gundagai Remembers 1st-2nd of September

It will be a great family weekend of WW1 battle reenactments!


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.


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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Upcoming Events