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

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Tasmanian Lighthorse thinking about the summer.Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 7:24pm
With consideration of the current and forecast weather for Franklin, tomorrows practice day is expected to require sea horses so we will leave the land horses at home and have a dismounted business meeting at Geoff's place.
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Tasmanian LighthorseWednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 11:13pm
Weather and council permitting we have a practice day at Franklin Village Green on Saturday week (July 23rd).
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Tasmanian LighthorseTuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 7:28pm
As a group we're not involved in this but it looks interesting and worth checking out.

In July, as part of the Tasmania Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, Tasmanians across the state will get a chance to see Tasmanian WW1 history meet modern science in an award winning play called Dig for the Diggers.

Dig for the Diggers commemorates the Battle of Fromelles and tells the story of the DNA identification of Mick Feeney - a stubborn Australian miner from Bothwell, Tasmania, who volunteered for World War One and was one of those soldiers killed and buried at Fromelles in 1916.

Performances will be held from 8 - 16 July in Devonport; Burnie; Deloraine; Scottsdale; Launceston; Swansea; Oatlands and Hobart. Tickets are $5 each plus booking fee. Children under 12 are free. Tickets also include entry to the Six Bob A Day Tourists Exhibition and light refreshments.

For further information or to book visit www.centenaryofanzac.tas.gov.au or call (03) 6232 7090
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Tasmanian Lighthorse with Dippy Downes.Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 5:07pm
Proud new dad Josh introduces Beth, the newest member of our group, to his horse Calibre.
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Tasmanian Lighthorse shared Sue Hickey's photo.Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 10:01am
A view from the position of power.
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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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