Ser­vices hon­our charge

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

Pic­tures: David Charlesworth

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.

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