Light Horse Display and Demonstration
Tasmania's 22nd Lighthorse Regiment
Real life reminder of Tasmania's mounted soldiers
BRIDGEWATER HIGH'S 2007 Fete at the Farm featured a thrilling demonstration: the charge of the light-horseman.
A light-horseman is a soldier who is lightly armed and rides a horse to patrol his territory or reach a battle.
Tasmania’s 22nd Lighthorse Regiment was the last horse-mounted unit in Tasmania.
It served our country until it was disbanded in 1943.
During World War 2 the lighthorse soldiers patrolled Tasmania's east coast.
Earlier versions of the regiment served overseas in World War 1 and in the Boer War.
At our Fete, light-horseman Nevill (Norm) Thomas presented a display of clothing and equipment used in World War 1.
Wearing the 22nd Lighthorse Regiment’s full uniform and badges he mounted his horse to give real-life demonstrations of the lighthorseman’s “skill at arms”.
“Skill at arms” is the ability to strike a target with a sword (a “sabre”) or a lance while maintaining control of a galloping horse.
During last century, lighthorsemen used skill at arms mainly for training and competition.
Nevill Thomas’s demonstrations at the Fete were nicely timed as they will help us to focus our minds on the Anzac Day commemorations on Wednesday, 25 April.
Britain’s World War 2 Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, joined a light horse unit in the Boer War.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, he took part in the Sudan’s Battle of Omdurman which was the last mounted British cavalry charge with lances.
(Reproduced with permission from the 19 April 2007 issue of Info, the newsletter of Bridgewater High School)
Light-horseman Nevill Thomas at Bridgewater High School's farm at Brighton, Tasmania.