Beersheba memorial event all set to ride
TUESDAY, October 31, marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Beersheba and Tabulam will be joining other Northern Rivers towns to mark the event.
The battle was a turning point in the war against Turkish forces.
It was won by soldiers of the Australian Light Horse Brigade making a cavalry charge which broke the Turkish lines, securing a vital water supply for the British forces.
Tabulam, Chauvel and the Light Horse are names that are inextricably linked to the Battle at Beersheba.
The small village of Tabulam was the birthplace of General Sir Harry Chauvel and it is here the Upper Clarence Light Horse was formed in 1885.
On Tuesday, a memorial service honouring Chauvel of Tabulam and the Light Horse will start at 5pm on the Tabulam Oval with guest speakers, followed by a re-enactment charge at 6pm.
The service will pay tribute to Sir Harry, a boy from the bush who went on to become the greatest cavalry general of modern times.
It will also recognise the families still in the area who have a close ancestral connection to the Light Horse and the Chauvels, and the respected Aboriginal stockman Harry Mundine.
After the formalities, visitors who are descendants of Beersheba Light Horsemen can meet up with others and share their connections.
The Beersheba Memorial Ride 2017 will depart the next morning from Tabulam Racecourse on a three-day ride to Copmanhurst.
The 150 riders will mount up and cross the Clarence River on to Chauvel Rd and follow Plain Station Rd to their first camp.
Riders must be registered to participate and should contact Ted Brown, after hours on 0447 473 143.
Everybody is welcome at the Grafton RSL Sub Branch memorial service and to watch the riders embark on the ride the following morning.