RECOGNISED: The 1st CQ Light Horse (Rockhampton Troop) and guests at the Gracemere and District RSL enjoyed an annual formal dinner honouring Australian Light Horsemen.
RECOGNISED: The 1st CQ Light Horse (Rockhampton Troop) and guests at the Gracemere and District RSL enjoyed an annual formal dinner honouring Australian Light Horsemen. Contributed

Light Horsemen are honoured at dinner

A LIVELY annual formal dinner honouring Australian Light Horsemen and their faithful horses of the past 150 years was enjoyed by the 1st CQ Light Horse (Rockhampton Troop) and guests at the Gracemere and District RSL on Saturday, November 28.

This year (2015) marks 100 years since the Light Horse left their horses behind in Egypt and were quickly redeployed to fight dismounted as infantry at Gallipoli, suffering many casualties there.

A number of notable persons attended including Light Horse patron and Division 9 Rockhampton councillor Rose Swadling and husband Graham, and Peter Lacey of Northern Territory Mounted Police and the Australian Army's mounted Norforce Unit fame.

White mess jackets and medals were a colourful feature of the night.

The RSL and Light Horse secretary, Jean Robinson, was chef in charge of catering, and with a few able and willing helpers a truly delicious dinner was produced and greatly enjoyed by all.

Light Horse Troop OC Dave Britten presented Light Horse Certificates of Appreciation to troopers and Vince Mathers of Gracemere RSL officiated as MC and guest speaker at the event.



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