Menangle Light Horse regiment a tribute to father’s memory

Proud: Len Carter points to the items on display at Club Menangle's new Beersheba Museum which pays tribute to Australia's Light Horsemen. Picture: Jeff McGill
Proud: Len Carter points to the items on display at Club Menangle's new Beersheba Museum which pays tribute to Australia's Light Horsemen. Picture: Jeff McGill

Len Carter was a man with a mission when he set out to form a tribute to the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Four years later the Camden resident feels like his mission has been accomplished.

Mr Carter teamed up with fellow Camden resident Steve Wisbey to form the regiment and pay tribute to the soldiers who trained in Menangle from 1900 to 1921.

“I initially wanted to organise the tribute in memory of my dad, Lieutenant Roy Sidney Carter, and his mentor Brigadier George Macarthur Onslow,” he said.

“I also wanted to recognise the military history of the Macarthur family that appears in many ways to have been forgotten by the Camden community.”

Mr Carter said his father’s military service began at the age of 14.

“Dad did not talk much about his war service at home and in the light horse, only to mention he was disappointed in not being allowed to go overseas,” he said.

“In 1916 he joined the 7th Light Horse Regiment AIF at Holsworthy but was refused to go overseas initially because he was too young.

“He was 16 but it was compulsory for all Light Horsemen to be 17.

“He again tried at 17 but was found to have a medical condition that prevented active service overseas

“However he remained in the Regiment training Light Horsemen in artillery and mounted rifle and bayonet charge before their deployment gaining.” 

Tribute: Camden's Len Carter wanted to pay tribute to his father, Roy Sidney Carter, by re-forming the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Tribute: Camden's Len Carter wanted to pay tribute to his father, Roy Sidney Carter, by re-forming the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Mr Carter’s father retired from active duty in 1928 to be married.

He said while he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps, the military still played an important role in his life.

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

Club Menangle have unveilled multiple tributes 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 range of items and artworks from WW1.

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

Mr Carter said it was important to reflect and remember the sacrifices servicemen and women have made throughout the years.

“Remembrance Day is a chance to remember all those young men and women who died at war for our continued security and way of life,” he said.

“We must continue to count our blessings in Australia. Lest We Forget.”