Salute to heroes
Tabulam commemorates the Battle of Beersheba
HONOURING ANCESTORS: Miles, Phillip, James and Robert Waghorn with Taegan, Ashly, Rachael and Hugh Inmon – direct descendants of Alf Ravenscroft, who was the standard bearer in the Battle of Beersheba, at the battle’s 100 year commemoration in Tabulam.
DESCENDANTS of those who fought in the Battle of Beersheba gathered at Tabulam last week for a memorial service and three-day memorial ride to mark the 100th anniversary of the event.
Tabulam has close links to the battle, as it was the birthplace of General Sir Harry Chauvel – the general who led the Light Horse in the battle – and is where the Upper Clarence Light Horse was formed in 1885.
The Battle of Beersheba, on October 31, 1917, was one of the turning points of World War I.
It was won by soldiers of the Australian Light Horse Brigade making a cavalry charge, which broke the Turkish lines.
Rachael Inmon was part of the crowd at Tabulam to celebrate her family’s part in the Beersheba battle.
Mrs Inmon is a direct descendant of Alfred Ravenscroft, General Sir Harry Chauvel’s standard bearer in the battle. Alfred was a close friend of Harry Chauvel and was renowned as one of the finest horseman in the upper Clarence district. His father, also Alf, was an original member of the Upper Clarence Light Horse.
Mrs Inmon’s uncle and three cousins participated in the three-day Beersheba Memorial Ride from Tabulam to Copmanhurst.
“My cousin Robert (Waghorn) convinced my uncle Phil and cousins James and Miles to participate in the ride so we drove down to support them and celebrate our family’s history,” Mrs Inmon said.
“It’s a real honour to be here today, particularly being a bit of a family historian, and to have a fair few of our family in attendance.”
HONOURING THE PAST: Riders at the Battle of Beersheba memorial event held at Tabulam.