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

As a troop we include a couple of German shepherds as red cross dogs to help remember the roles that dogs also played in war.

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Last Sunday our Troop Sergeant was live on ABC local radio to have a chat about the Charge of Beersheba and upcoming centenary event.

If you missed the broadcast it's available online here:


11th September 1917 found the 3rd Lighthorse Regiment encamped at El Arish for a period of rest & relaxation and training in the skills of war.
Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel (Officer commanding of the Desert Mounted Corps) visited to inspect the troops and expressed himself "well pleased with the appearance of men, horses and equipment".
The regiment remained in camp training until moving on the 18th of September to Fukhari.

11th September 2017 finds the planning for our Centenary of Beersheba event at the Hobart Cenotaph well underway for a commemorative ceremony followed by a skill at arms display and screening of the film The Lighthorsemen.

Occasionally we get sent pictures from people seeking information or just wanting to share something amazing.

Yesterday it was this lovely embroidered 'Souvenir of Egypt' cushion cover.
With international travel being a lot less common in the early 20th century, signing up to the AIF probably seemed like an easy way to travel the globe, a very personal memento of a far away place.

Sent to us by the great granddaughter of the Lill named on the piece it is thought to be from 3329 Private Charles Keegan (Lillian Keegan's brother in law). A farmhand from Deloraine, Charles signed up in 1916 as a member of the 27th reinforcements to C Squadron, 3rd Lighthorse Regiment. Charles returned to Australia in 1919.

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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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