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Photo courtesy of Paul Tilbrook

Clare & District Light Horse Memorial

After three years of planning and hard work the Clare & District Light Horse Memorial was opened on 11 November 2003 after the Remembrance Day Service at the Clare Oval War Memorial gates. 
Photo courtesy of Dianne Stevenson
The Krupp gun which had been captured by the Australian 9th Light Horse in Palestine in 1918 has been restored  by a dedicated crew of men. A procession preceded the Official Opening. 
Photo courtesy of Dianne Stevenson
This proceeded up the Main Street of Clare with the SA Police Band leading the parade,
followed by four 9th Light Horsemen of the Barossa & Light Association on horseback, marching soldiers, an APC, and an Army Land Rover pulling the gun which was placed in the new building behind drapes.
 
Photo courtesy of Dianne Stevenson
Corporal Ron Leighton (10/27 RSAR) introduced Major Haynes, OC of 3/9 LH (SAMR) who conducted the proceedings. The Honorary LT COL Reg Williams gave a brief history of the Light Horse and its association of Clare being the Headquarters prior to the Second World War. The building was blessed by the Army Chaplain, after which the ribbon was cut by Mr Keith Gertau, a returned serviceman, and the drape was removed to show the gun in place with murals of Light Horsemen and many photos and artefacts. The crowd was then allowed into the new building which will be illuminated at night. A light luncheon was held in the Clare Drill Hall for those who contributed with sponsorship and memorabilia. A large crowd attended the opening.
Photo courtesy of Dianne Stevenson

Photos courtesy of Dianne Stevenson except Memorial building courtesy of Paul Tilbrook