Light Horse hon­oured

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Suburbs Weekly - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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