March pays trib­ute to Great Ride

Albany Extra - - News - Michael Traill

Mem­bers from Albany, Bun­bury and Esper­ance’s 10th Light Horse Troops marched through Eger­ton Street to Me­mo­rial Park on Mon­day in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Great Ride.

As part of a se­ries of events held by the Shire of Nar­ro­gin since

Septem­ber 19, the re-en­act­ment of the sur­ren­der of Da­m­as­cus in Me­mo­rial Park rounded out the of­fi­cial re­mem­brance of the 100th an­niver­sary of the Great Ride.

From the deserts of Pales­tine, Aus­tralian Trooper Ned Mo­ri­arty sent a let­ter to his sis­ter Alice in Bun­bury de­tail­ing the 12-day, 800km ride by the Aus­tralian Mounted Di­vi­sion, led by the 10th Light Horse Reg­i­ment, in pur­suit of Turk­ish and Ger­man troops dur­ing World War I.

The jour­ney ended with the fall of Da­m­as­cus, in present-day Syria, which was sur­ren­dered to Nar­ro­gin den­tist Lt-Col Arthur Charles Ni­quet Olden. It was the last ma­jor in­volve­ment in the Mid­dle East by the Al­lied forces, who were fight­ing the Turks and the Ger­mans in WWI.

The Great Ride in­volved the big­gest col­umn of mounted men since Alexan­der the Great tra­versed the same deserts more than 2000 years ago.

Harry Ball, Daniel McDon­ald, Brad Olden, Tim Wiese and Ian Fer­gus.

Brad Olden

Pic­ture: Shire of Nar­ro­gin

Nar­ro­gin Mili­tia led by Arthur Olden.

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