GREAT RIDE RE-ENACTED
Members from the 10th Light Horse Troop re-enacted the Surrender of Damascus in Memorial that rounded out the official remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Great Ride in Narrogin on Monday.
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.
Members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury Troop, 10th Light Horse Albany Troop and 10th Light Horse Esperance Troop. INSET: Narrogin dentist Arthur Olden.
Harry Ball, Daniel McDonald, Brad Olden, Tim Wiese and Ian Fergus.
Narrogin Militia led by Arthur Olden.