He served in three wars over half a century, led the army during peacetime, and was the first Australian to attain the rank of general, but Sir Harry Chauvel never forgot that he was a Light Horseman. When he retired from the army in 1930, he had one simple request: to ride every day.
“He was a great horseman, and it was a really important thing for him, to keep that horsemanship up, and … to feel that heritage of being a Light Horseman,” said Chauvel’s grandson James Maberly, who served as an officer in the British Army with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
“A particular charger was brought to him by a groom every day and he would go for a ride in South Yarra. Even on those days when he was too ill, the horse would still arrive and he would say, ‘I’m terribly sorry, I can’t do it today,’ or my grandmother would go down and explain … but the charger always came.”