Light horse bid for Rockingham

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Krystal Jose is starting a 10th Light Horse Troop in Rockingham.
Camera IconKrystal Jose is starting a 10th Light Horse Troop in Rockingham.

A Karnup woman is hoping to preserve and honour Australia’s military history by starting a 10th Light Horse Troop in Rockingham.

Krystal Jose, who was previously a member of the Kelmscott/Pinjarra troop, said she decided to start a troop in Rockingham to help educate the public about WA’s mounted soldiers.

“My grandad was a gunner in the air force in WWII, so for me it’s important to keep his memory going,” she said.

“A lot of kids don’t know what the Australian Light Horse is, which is sad. Gallipoli is a big one — everyone knows about that. But when you talk about the charge at Beersheba, no one knows anything about it. I think it’s important to help (students) recognise Australia’s full military history.”

The troopers and horses attend various events in World War I Australian Light Horse uniform.

They are available for school displays, nursing home visits, Anzac and Remembrance Day services, and re-enactments among others.

The 10th Light Horse Rockingham troop is open to riders and non-riders. For more information email rockinghamtroop@gmail.com.

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