Services honour charge
BRUNSWICK paid tribute to the spirit and fight of the Light Horse in the charge of Beersheba with a service for its 100th anniversary last Tuesday. Members of the Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop represented their namesake at services in Albany, Dardanup and Brunswick, commemorat- ing the charge on October 31, 1917, during the Palestine campaign. The service was hosted by the Brunswick Lions Club in front of the Light Horse memorial in the town’s main street.
Brunswick Lions members and organiser Les Robinson said the service not only honoured the men but the horses as well who bore the troops under harsh conditions over many desert miles.
“I thought it was important to commemorate not just the troopers but also the horses that represented Australia,” he said.
“I just hope that someone has the foresight in another 100 years time to celebrate it next time around.”
Adrian Davies, 17, played the Last Post and Reveille while Lyndon Edwards read a poem The Anzac on the Wall. Wreaths were laid by Judy Talbot and Val Piggott on behalf of the Red Cross and Brunswick Lions respectively.
Dan Robinson laid a sheaf of wheat in honour of the horses.
Troop president Harry Ball told the story of the battle of Beersheba from his saddle, using accounts from the soldiers themselves.
“I read what men had said when they wrote home or wrote of it after,” he said.
“It’s only a short story but for a country of not quite five million at the time it was big for us.”
Following the service a sausage sizzle was held in the hall and the film The Lighthorsemen was screened.
Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop president Harry ball tells the story of the charge of Beersheba from horseback during the service.
Adrian Davies, 17, plays the Last Post.
Service organiser Les Robinson, Brunswick Lions Club president Murray Piggott and Lyndon Edwards.
Members of the Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop parade at attention for the service.