Sunday , October 24 2021

Menangle Light Horse Regiment a tribute to the memory of the father



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Len Carter was a man with a mission when he left to form a tribute to the 7º Light Horse Regiment.

Four years later, the Camden resident feels his mission was accomplished.

Mr. Carter joined Steve Wisbey, a resident of Camden, to form the regiment and honor the soldiers who trained at Menangle between 1900 and 1921.

"I initially 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 acknowledge the military history of the Macarthur family which, in many ways, seems to have been forgotten by the Camden community."

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

"Daddy did not say much about his war service at home and on the light horse, just to mention that he was disappointed not to be allowed to go abroad," he said.

"In 1916 he joined the 7th IDA Light Cavalry Regiment in Holsworthy, but was refused to go abroad initially because he was very young.

"He was 16 years old, but it was mandatory that all Knights of Light were 17 years old.

"He tried again at age 17, but found that he had a medical condition that prevented active service abroad.

"However, he remained in the regiment training Knights of Light in artillery and mounted a rifle and bayonet charge before his unfolding win."

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

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

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

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

"I did not enlist, however, I was recruited by Victoria Barracks Sydney to serve in the Army Cadet Corps of NSW with the rank of Lieutenant to assist as an instructor in military procedures," said Carter.

Club Menangle has issued numerous honors to Australia's Light Horseman, including a memorial depicting the Battle of Beersheba.

Last week, the club also opened a Beersheba Museum, which features a variety of items and works of art from World War I.

The poppy blanket often used in memorial services of the Camden RSL Sub Branch is on display alongside many donated items.

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

"Memorial Day is a chance to remember all those young men and women who died in war for our continued safety and lifestyle," he said.

"We must continue to count our blessings in Australia. Let's not forget. "

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