In Memorial

We wish to pay tribute to, and celebrate the lives of members who have past into Gods hands. Over the years we have had many members who have left an indelible mark upon our group. Some have been members of the group since its formation in 1989. 

We acknowledge not all the members who have past away have been recognised on this page. We are currently working to include tributes for all past members who made considerable contributions to our troop.

If you would like to contribute to this page, please contact the website editor at [email protected]

Hugh Collins, Russel Walker, Bob Whitehouse
Hugh Collins, Russel Walker and Bob Whitehouse

Hugh Collins was born in Brisbane and as a young boy he had the good fortune to have several other lads of his own age living close by.  This group of young boys also were very lucky in that they had a substantial patch of bush and a small creek relatively close to their homes.   This was the ideal “playground” for this group of little boys and they played “Cowboys and Indians” and built cubby houses to their heart’s content.  

Believe it or not, they even constructed a small canoe out of a sheet of corrugated iron and some scrap timber.  What is more amazing is that the canoe actually floated and the boys enjoyed many long hours paddling their hand-made craft up and down the creek.  This experience commenced a life-long love of boats and the water for Hughie, and as a young man he went on to do a lot of competitive sailing in the sixteen footer class on the Hamilton reach and also the Coronation Drive reach of the Brisbane River.

Hugh Collins left school at a relatively young age and immediately gained employment as a “Telegram Boy”.  This position earned him the right to have a special “Telegram Boy’s Bicycle” and a smart uniform of which he was very proud.  He later worked for Telecom.

In his late teens, Hugh was very keen on dancing and obviously was quite talented in this regard as he very quickly graduated to become a jive instructor.  He became well known around the Brisbane ballrooms and dance studios some of which were Sandy Robertson’s Ritz Ballroom, Cloudland Ballroom, Dick & Nola Orchard’s Dance Studio, and the O’Connor Boathouse.

As most people know, Hughie was a great historian and collector. He joined the Redcliffe Historical Society and became the President of that organisation. Other associations of which Hugh was a member included the “Queensland Permanent Artillery”, “Queensland Colonial Re enactorsas well as the 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop.

Together with his great friend Marle Juster, Hugh was a regular participant in the First Settlement Landing Re enactment at Redcliffe for many years.

Hughie Collins had a great personality and was a very friendly person.  It was a privilege to have known Hughie and he was a good mate who will be missed.

 Prepared by Bob Whitehouse

Ivan Noel Wall was born at South Grafton, Northern New South Wales on the 30th August 1938.   It is no secret that Ivan embraced living in Queensland and was a fair dinkum Queenslander through and through —- that is except at State of Origin time when he MOST DEFINITELY was a very one-eyed Blues supporter.   It goes to show that roots are very important to people.                                                      

Ivan passed away on 25/03/2019, and his life was celebrated with a very well attended service at Caboolture on the 27th April 2019.

Ivan was brought up in a rural environment in Northern N.S.W. and he had a great appreciation for country life.  Ivan’s grandfather was a teamster (or bullocky which of course is an Australian English term for a person who “drives” a team of bullocks).  Ivan Wall’s grandfather owned his own bullock team and Ivan’s father also   assisted his grandfather with this work.

At the age of just fourteen, Ivan lost his Dad and this impacted Ivan’s life tremendously.  His school education was curtailed and Ivan had to join the work force much earlier than would otherwise have been the case.  Ivan worked on cattle stations and also did a significant amount of timber cutting.  At the age of eighteen, Ivan was called up to do his compulsory National Service which he did at Wacol Army Camp.  Ivan’s army service number was 2/771725.   Ivan later joined the N.S.W. railways and spent many years working as a train guard.

Ivan Wall was a true Christian gentleman and as most people know, Ivan had a great love of both bush and gospel poetry.   Ivan was a prolific composer of poetry and he will be remembered as a very well known poet and entertainer in Queensland and Northern N.S.W.

Ivan was both a hard working and popular member of the Caboolture National Servicemen’s Association and became the Vice President of that organisation on the 15th March 2012.  

From memory, Ivan Wall joined “The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop & Military Museum Association” in late 2009.   Amongst the many things that Ivan achieved was convincing both the Caboolture National Servicemen’s Association and the 11th Light Horse to work more closely together to obtain better outcomes for both organisations.

Ivan Wall will be remembered for many things — not the least of which was his enthusiasm and his great love for his fellow man.  Ivan always saw the best in a person and at all times, he made a huge effort to understand and help other people and indeed make gentle the life of our world.  From memory, Ivan became President of the 11th Light Horse in late 2010 and immediately made a significant impact on all of the members of the 11th Light Horse Association.

In 2017, Ivan Wall was granted honorary life membership of The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop & Military Museum Association.   As most people would attest, being with Ivan Wall was always fun.  With Ivan’s passing, we have all lost a good friend – somebody on whom we could always rely.

Tribute prepared by Bob Whitehouse

‘We’ve drunk our wine, we’ve kissed our girls, and funds are sinking low, the horse must be thinking it’s a fair thing now to go;…’

Harry Morant (The Breaker)

2nd Sept 1930 – 1st of July 2001

A man for all seasons

7/11/1920 – 7/9/2000

11th Light Horse 1935 – 1940

RAAF 1940 – 1945

Light Horse Assn. 1988 – 2000

We pray the saints up there send Shorty a horse like a good old Cavalier.


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