Fa­mous bat­tle re­lived

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

A re-en­act­ment of the Charge of the Light Horse at Beer­sheba will be held in Strath­mer­ton later this month.

Well-known horse­man Wayne Hinch­liffe will lead the re-en­act­ment of the charge, com­plete with uni­forms and weapons.

There will also be tra­di­tional mu­sic, sto­ries and po­ems from the era as the town of Strath­mer­ton and war his­tory buffs come to­gether to cel­e­brate this cen­te­nary.

The bat­tle of Beer­sheba took place on October 31, 1917 as part of the wider Bri­tish of­fen­sive col­lec­tively known as the third Bat­tle of Gaza.

The fi­nal phase of this all-day bat­tle was the fa­mous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

Com­menc­ing at dusk, mem­bers of the brigade stormed through the Turkish de­fences and seized the strate­gic town of Beer­sheba.

The cap­ture of Beer­sheba en­abled Bri­tish Em­pire forces to break the Ot­toman line near Gaza on Novem­ber 7 and ad­vance into Pales­tine.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Mur­ray Bourchier of Strath­mer­ton led the fourth reg­i­ment in the four­mile charge, which re­sulted in the cap­ture of 15 wells in­tact and the cap­ture of 700 pris­on­ers.

The event aims to con­tinue the mem­ory of the brave soldiers and their horses, and the heroic achieve­ments of Lieu­tenant Colonel Mur­ray Bourchier.

Golden gui­tar win­ner Travis Sinclair will per­form com­po­si­tions telling the story of the Great War while the Nu­murkah Town Band will play mu­sic from the era.

Horse­man and poet Euan McLean will also share his ele­gies writ­ten to com­mem­o­rate the bat­tle.

The re-en­act­ment will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Strath­mer­ton Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Cafe 3641 in Strath­mer­ton or by vis­it­ing: www.try­book­ing.com/book/event?eid=319375

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Bernard Mur­ray on 0458 745 229.

Pic­ture: Aus­tralian War Memo­rial

Not for­got­ten: Colonel Mur­ray James Wil­liam Bourchier of Strath­mer­ton.

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