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10th Australian Light Horse Story at ANZAC Cottage

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Percute et Percute Velociter
10th Australian Light Horse Story, ANZAC Cottage, Museum, Open Day
10th Australian Light Horse Regiment Hat Badge.

The Friends of ANZAC Cottage salute the legendary 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment as designated in October 1914, on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The only AIF light horse unit to be raised in Western Australia, the regiment went on to win renown and respect through their members' extraordinary bravery and skill. Alas, many of its men and their horses did not survive the war.

Phil Sullivan, military historian, will discuss this iconic regiment, its men, and its horses in talks at 1:30pm and 2:45pm. Phil will bring along some of his collection of artefacts and items of interest associated with the 10th Australian Light Horse.
10th Australian Light Horse Story, ANZAC Cottage, Museum, Open Day

Above, is an impressive scene of the original horses and members of the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment taken in the deserts of the Middle East in December 1918. Below, the 10th Australian Light Horse and their horses at Fremantle waiting to embark for Egypt around 1915.

Just a taster
  • The 10th Australian Light Horse was the only Light Horse regiment raised in Western Australia

  • Its motto is 'Percute et Percute Velociter' which, when translated from the Latin is 'Strike and Strike Swiftly'

  • The regiment has a lengthy list of World War I Battle honours, including Egypt 1915-1917, Gallipoli 1915, Gaza-Beersheba, Jerusalem, Palestine 1917-1918 and many more

  • The regiment suffered 237 killed and 479 wounded during World War I

Captain Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell VC, a farmer from Northam, and member of the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions on August 29-30, 1915 at Hill 60 in the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was the first Western Australian to receive this award in the war and the only Australian light horseman.

The Australian 10th Light Horse Rockingham Troop aims to preserve and honour the military of the Australian Light Horsemen of World War I (Photo by Craig Zilko, Rockingham Photography Club).

Need to know more?

Visitors are welcome to come and view the Cottage and hear the fascinating story of this heritage-listed building. More information can be obtained about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing, calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82, or check out their website. Regular updates are to be found on their Facebook page, and take a peek here.

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ANZAC Cottage is open on Sunday, October 6 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, entry is free with light refreshments, tea, coffee, and cold drinks available for a gold coin donation.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all images are courtesy of the Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection. The military photos courtesy of the Australian War Memorial are in the public domain. 10th Light Horse Regiment Hat Badge ( Artwork is by John F.
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Why? Hear the story of the only Light Horse regiment raised in Western Australia, its history and exploits from a passionate expert on the regiment
When: Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Phone: Call Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email
Where: ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: Free entry. Afternoon tea for a gold coin donation
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