Light Horse honoured
THE Karrakatta-based 10th Light Horse Regiment paraded its Bushmaster armoured vehicles alongside civilian re-enactment horse riders at the unit’s Kings Park service last Sunday to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.
“The 10th Light Horse is probably the most famous unit in WA – probably the Army too – as it features in two films, and is WA’s only cavalry unit,” Sergeant Major Danny Rigoni said.
Current and former regiment members wore emu feathers in their slouch hats and berets as a symbol of the decorations worn by cavalry units to differentiate themselves from foot soldiers.
Formed in October 1914, members of the 10th Light Horse fought at Gallipoli, including August 1915 actions at The Nek, and Hill 60, where Lieutenant Hugo Throssell was awarded the Victoria Cross.
After Gallipoli, the regiment and its horses formed part of the Allied push through Egypt, Palestine and Syria, before the unit took the formal surrender of Damascus on October 1, 1918.
After being disbanded in 1920, the regiment is now a reserve unit and its members have served in Timor, Afghanistan, in Operation Anode in the Solomon Islands, and about 20 are currently with Operation Sovereign Borders across Australia’s north.
The 100-soldier squadron uses Bushmaster vehicles, which are fortified to withstand landmine explosions, to conduct mediumrange reconnaissance operations and also to carry troops, in an operational role similar to its horse-mounted founders.
“Having the horses of the Historical Re-enactment Troop at the parade highlighted the transition between horses and the use of vehicles,” Sgt Maj Rigoni said.
Left: Kelmscott-Pinjarra Lighthorse Memorial Troop member Catherine Forbes and 10th Light Horse Regiment Sergeant Major Danny Rigoni. Right: Relatives of Hugo Throssell, Rohan and Lisa Nicole Throssell.