100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

Today we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of a famous Australian victory, the Battle of Beersheba.

On the weekend I attended the memorial service and re-enactment hosted by the Victoria Park RSL in conjunction with the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Light Horse to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

The Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Light Horse carried out a terrific re-enactment of the Battle of Beersheba and I was delighted to see our local troop in action.

The 4th and 12th Light Horse regiments rode through the desert and into the face of heavy fire to capture Beersheba and break-open the Ottoman lines.

Stockmen, station-hands, ringers and jackaroos, riding on their own horses, mounted the last great cavalry charge in military history.

In a conflict so often characterised by stalemates and false dawns, this was a decisive victory that recast the campaign in the Middle East.

31 Australian soldiers were killed in the charge – along with at least 70 horses – 36 men were wounded.

All told, over 1350 Australians would die in the desert sands far from home.

Australia salutes the courage and honours the sacrifice of all who served.