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10th Light Horse Heritage Trail

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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published May 5th 2013
Walk along the last cavalry site in Australia
The 10th Light Horse Cavalry was the last Australian mounted regiment to disband during WWII.

During its time, 600 men with equipment and their horses camped at a site off Wanneroo Rd Neerabup. Today, a trail provides a lasting tribute to the brave men who played an important role in patrolling possible enemy landing sites and protecting the Western Australian coastline from the threat of Japanese sea attack.

Wandering along this 1.3km track you can imagine what it was like during war time. Interpretative signs along the trail describe various life in the camp.

There were 6 to 8 troopers per tent and bedding was a mattress with 3 blankets. Nearby was the farrier tent where the blacksmith made horse shoes and repaired the metal equipment.

The men lined up for 3 basic meals per day.

The ammunition dump was well set back, being just a concealed sloping trench with waterproof cloth over it.

The camp was very formal with troops being assembled daily to receive their orders. They had to seek permission to enter the administration area. Activities revolved around bugle calls.

The regiment was finally disbanded on 14 April 1944.

For more information on the 10th Light Horse Heritage Trail, please click here.
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Why? To learn local history and enjoy a easy bushwalk
When: Anytime
Where: Near Flynn Dr and Wanneroo rd Neerabup
Cost: Free
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