HASLUCK MILITARY HISTORY
10TH LIGHT HORSE CAMPAIGN…
In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2019, I have been fighting for an important commemoration to be funded; the 10th Light Horse Statue.
The statue does not pay tribute to any one man or horse, but rather honours all those who played such a significant role in the First World War. I have been closely involved in the activities of the Swan Guildford Historical Society over the last year including unveiling the winning design.
The 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF was the only AIF light horse regiment recruited in Western Australia during the First World War, from right here in Guildford. According to the Australian War Memorial, the regiment was raised in October 1914 when it became apparent that Western Australia could provide more than a single squadron of mounted soldiers. The regiment joined the 3rd Light Horse Brigade in Egypt and served dismounted at Gallipoli.
The regiment's most famous actions were the charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915, and Hill 60 on 29-30 August. It was in this last action that Lieutenant V.H. "Hu" Throssell performed the valorous deeds for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was the only Australian light horseman to be so decorated during the Great War.
After the withdrawal from Gallipoli in December 1915 the regiment was bought up to strength and reorganised. With the rest of the Australian light horse they defended Egypt from the Ottoman Army advancing on the Suez Canal. Through 1916 they drove the Turks across the deserts of Sinai, participating in the battles of Romani and Magdhaba.
In 1917 they were part of the Desert Column that advanced into Palestine. The regiment participated in the bloody battles to break the Gaza-Beersheba line and helped capture Jerusalem. They participated in the Es Salt Raid in May 1918. In August they were one of the regiments re-equipped with swords and rifle boots, and retrained to take a more orthodox cavalry role. In their new role they took part in the rout of the Ottoman army in the Jordan Valley, a campaign the light horse referred to as "The Great Ride". In September the 10th was the first formed regiment to enter Damascus.
I am am pleased to announce that my colleague and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Hon Darren Chester MP, considered this important project and announced $250,000 of funding for this from the current budget.
HASLUCK MILITARY MAP…
This project was a large collaborative project my office undertook to plot the sites of military significance from both World Wars on a map of the Hasluck electorate.
The Hasluck Military Map was created in partnership with the office of Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Hasluck Returned Service Leagues (RSL), Local Governments, State Heritage Office, National Archives, Australian War Memorial Centre, Army Museum, Guildford Association, Kalamunda Historical Society and Swan-Guildford Historical Society.