Light Horse skills will be an event highlight

THE Centenary of Anzac Day will follow just a few days after the Wandoan Show, and the theme will feature heavily on the day.

The 14th Mudgeeraba Light Horse will take to the race track, performing the manoeuvres and drills which underpinned the unit's effectiveness in the field.

The 14th Australian Light Horse Regiment was formed from the disbanded Imperial Camel Corps on the Suez Canal on July 1, 1918.

The soldiers were given horses and formed the 14th and 15th Regiments.

The first commanding officer of the 14th was Gallipoli hero Lieutenant Colonel George Furner Langley DSO, who had served with distinction in the Camel Corps.

His talent for soldiering trickled down through the unit, with 70 men of the 14th Australian Light Horse awarded decorations for gallantry during the war and 30 more mentioned in dispatches.

They were the first men to be issued with swords, as opposed to bayonets, which they wielded to great effect from horseback.

They are best remembered for their success in the Battle of Beersheba, where they helped overrun an outpost in 1917 with a cavalry charge followed by hand-to-hand fighting.

General Sir Edmund Allenby described the unit as "equal to the best".

The Anzac spirit is foundational to Wandoan; the showground's official name is the Returned Services Memorial Grounds, and the main complex is called the Diggers Complex.

Many of the families in Wandoan have roots in the War Service Land Settlement Scheme, which saw dozens of men draw ballots for land in the area.

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