Light Horseman leader returns to the battlefield

LINDISFARNE resident Tony Peck will have the chance to represent Tasmania and the C Squadron 3rd Light Horse Regiment Historical Troop (3LHR) at Beersheba in Israel thanks to $2000 in funding from the Tasmanian Government.

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said the funds would go toward a major re-enactment of the Light Horse Charge at Beersheba.

“Mr Peck is one of the 3LHR leaders and represents a strong support-based group and it is great to be able to help out in some way,” she said.

“I know this re-enactment means a lot to hundreds of Australians who will also be in Israel for the event, which marks the famous turning point of World War I (WWI) on 31 October 1917.

“The 3LHR is one of Tasmania’s finest historical re-enactment community groups and are often found undertaking exhibitions at country shows and events, performing wonderful energetic displays clad in WWI uniforms and mounted on highly trained horses.”

Organised by the Australian Light Horse Association, the Beersheba re-enactment will act as the grand finale of a historical tour that will see Mr Peck follow in the original footsteps of the Australian Light Horse.

It will take Mr Peck through current day Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Israel – along the same routes undertaken during WW1.

Mr Peck said that while the original campaign lasted from 1915 to 1918, the tour would follow as close as possible to those same pathways initially undertaken through the desert, towns and city’s concerned.

“It will ultimately culminate on 31 October, when approximately 100 Australian Light Horseman will re-enact the famous Charge of Beersheba on the same original hallowed grounds, which are situated within current day Israel,” he said.

“On this same day, local Tasmanian Light Horseman, as well as many mainland centres across Australia, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this historic event by incorporating local military groups.”

An Australian film named “The Light Horsemen” was released in 1987 in commemoration of this historic WW1 military action.

For more information about the 3LHR, visit www.tasmanianlighthorse.com.

Caption: Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma with local resident Tony Peck, who received funding to represent Tasmanian in the major re-enactment of the Light Horse Charge at Beersheba, Israel.