SADDLED UP: Jack Canning and Stewart Cook look forward to the Light Horse centenary march later this month.
SADDLED UP: Jack Canning and Stewart Cook look forward to the Light Horse centenary march later this month. Derek Barry

Lockyer Light Horse Troop ready for big anniversary

A HUNDRED-year tradition remains alive and well in the Lockyer and will be commemorated later in the month.

The Light Horse regiment is a legacy of the First World War and has a strong local element.

Stewart Cook, of the Gatton Light Horse Troop, said that when WWI was declared in August 1914, the call went out by newspaper, word of mouth and telegraph that men were wanted to join up and fight for England.

"By early September, thousands of men were under canvas all around Brisbane," Mr Cook said.

"At Frasers Paddock, now Enoggera Army Barracks, the 2nd Light Horse regiment was training hard, mixing farmhands, labourers, bankers and ex-Boer War veterans into a fighting regiment."

They were able to draw on the three squadrons of trained reservists as the core of the new regiment:

  • A Squadron A Troop at Beenleigh, B Troop at Hemmant, C Troop at Beaudesert, and D Troop at Woodhill
  • B Squadron - A Troop at Ipswich, B Troop at Lowood, C Troop at Rosewood and D Troop at Marburg
  • C Squadron - A Troop at Gatton, B Troop at Ma Ma Creek, C Troop at Forest Hill and D Troop at Laidley

On September 23 1914, the trained 2nd Light Regiment rode through Brisbane to the docks that would take them to join the Australian Imperial Force in the war in Europe.

One hundred years later, the word has gone out to Light Horse enthusiasts by email, Facebook and mobile to keep the memory alive.

A big contingent from across the region rode in the Laidley Spring Festival parade on the weekend and in Gatton participants are training most weekends at Lake Apex for the first AIF commemorative ride on September 27

More than 80 Australian Light Horse Association members from Queensland and NSW will ride through Brisbane, starting at Victoria Park and going to the Story Bridge

Mr Cook said this would be the start of four years of Anzac centenary commemorations.

"Historically the first AIF started in Queensland," he said.


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