Beer­sheba me­mo­rial event all set to ride

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

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