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

A new year always brings new tidings and following a long tradition of representing units of the Tasmanian Lighthorse and more recently nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service it would appear that in 2018 the Troop is expanding to cover the unsung heroes of military transport.
While the Troop was already eagerly awaiting the completion of a reproduction WW1 horse-drawn ambulance the Troop has today had donated an original, 1916 dated, GS limber wagon.
The GS limber was a small, two-wheel general purpose transport cart developed from gun limbers in service with British Commonwealth countries from the early 1900s for over three decades. Lighter and more flexible than a large, four wheeled wagon, the GS limber was able to be galloped across country (a claim the Troop does not wish to put to the test) pulled by a two horse team. In Australian service the GS limber was used to haul all kinds of military equipment and were issued for service with Lighthorse regiments.
The Troop would like to extend thanks to Mr Lionel William for the extremely kind donation. At this early stage the limber will have its condition assessed before considering further stabilisation for use with static displays.

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The 12th Lighthorse Regiment (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) was formed in 1903 from the pre-Federation Tasmanian Mounted Infantry. The 12th was re-designated as the 26th Lighthorse Regiment just prior to WW1 and became a feeder unit for 'C Squadron' of the 3rd Lighthorse Regiment AIF.

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Skill-at-Arms displays at 11:25 and 13:05

From all of us here in the Troop to everyone who has supported us, been to a display or just followed us online over the past year, we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.

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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