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

Six horses at the Hobart Remembrance Day. Sam and Chaska front and centre.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/hundreds-pause-to-honour-sacrifices-at-hobart-cenotaph-on-day-marking-99-years-since-end-of-world-war-i/news-story/5b28405571e9bb48cdf71205b330a8fc

The Tasmanian Lighthorse would like to thank all those who attended our commemorative service this prior Tuesday, the 31st of October, the 100th Anniversary of the charge of the Lighthorse at Beersheba.

As a self supported Troop this was the largest event we have organised and we have been ecstatic, both at the attendance of the event and the support and generosity of the Tasmanian community.

The Troop would especially like to recognise and thank for their support, assistance and attendance, without which this event could not have happened:

Guy Barnett, Event patron
Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania
Commander Mark Chadwick, New Zealand Navy Adviser, New Zealand High Commission
Mr Ilhan Sener Deputy Head of Mission, Republic of Turkey Embassy
Eric Abetz
Andrew Wilkie - Independent for Denison
Mr Terry Roe, State President RSL Tasmania
Mr Keiran Lennard President Hobart RSL
Reg Watson
Doug Wyatt OAM RFD
Chaplain Scott Sargent, Army Reserve
Australian Army Band Tasmania
St Michael's Collegiate School - Senior Choir

Historical Military Re-enactment
Hobart Legacy
Army Museum of Tasmania
Military Vehicle Group of Tasmania
Historical Arms and Military Society Of Tasmania (HAMST)
The Headstone Project

City of Hobart
RSL Tasmania
Macquarie Point Development Corporation
GK Productions Australia
Claremont Colleges - VET ADF class
Tassie Open Air Cinemas
McVilly Velo
TasWater

Looking good...

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Write up in The Mercury regarding our event on Tuesday

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/service-remembers-unorthodox-battle/news-story/211d0a0c92df0b11048c12128dd1e3a8

Open air evening screening... A magnificent end to a great day.

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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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