Salute to heroes

Tab­u­lam com­mem­o­rates the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba

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

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.

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