Famous battle relived
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.
Not forgotten: Colonel Murray James William Bourchier of Strathmerton.