Thursday , October 28 2021

Menangle Light Horse regiment is a tribute to the memory of the father


Len Carter was a man with a mission when he proposed to form a tribute to 7th Light horse regiment.

Four years later the resident of Camden feels how his mission was fulfilled.

Mr. Carter teamed up with Camden's resident partner, Steve Wisbey, to form the regiment and pay homage to the soldiers who formed at Menangle from 1900 to 1921.

"Initially I wanted to organize the tribute in memory of my father, Lieutenant Roy Sidney Carter, and his mentor Brigadier George Macarthur Onslow," he said.

"I also wanted to recognize the military history of the Macarthur family that appears in many ways to be forgotten by the Camden community."

Carter said his father's military service began at age 14.

"Dad did not talk much about his war service at home and on the light horse, just to mention he was disappointed not being able to go abroad," he said.

"In 1916, he joined the 7th Horseradish Light Horse Regiment in Holsworthy but was initially rejected abroad because he was too young.

"He was 16 years old but it was mandatory that all Horsemen of Light be 17.

"Again he tried at age 17, but found himself with a medical condition that prevented active service abroad

"Nevertheless, he remained in the Regiment of training of Horsemen of Light in artillery and mounted rifle and bayonet carbine before its implementation had won".

Homage: Len Carter, from Camden, wanted to pay homage to his father, Roy Sidney Carter, restructuring the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Homage: Len Carter, from Camden, wanted to pay homage to his father, Roy Sidney Carter, restructuring the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Carter's father retired from active duty in 1928 to marry.

He said that while he did not follow the footsteps of his father, the army still played an important role in his life.

"He did not get ready, but he was hired by Victoria Barracks Sydney for service at NSW Army Cadet Corps with the rank of lieutenant to help him as a military instructor," said Mr. Carter.

The Menangle Club announced several tributes to the gentle gentleman of Australia, including a memorial that shows the Battle of Beersheba.

Last week, the club also opened a Beersheba Museum that features a variety of articles and works of art from WW1.

The Poppy Blanket that is frequently used in the commemorative services of the Sub Branca of Camden RSL is on display along with many easy elements.

Mr Carter said it was important to reflect and remember the sacrifices that the military and women have made over the years.

"Memorial Day is an opportunity to remind all those youth and women who have died at war for our continued safety and lifestyles," he said.

"We must continue to count our blessings in Australia. Do not forget."

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