Beersheba Commemorations Murrurundi 2013
The real War Horses and their riders remembered
The greatest horse charge in our history, the Battle of Beersheba was commemorated in Murrurundi on Saturday morning where the public were welcome to attend.
Each year for more than a decade the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop have held the service in memory of the heroic efforts of Australian troops and their steeds on 31 October 1917.
“We do it to recognise and remember what the men and their horses did for us in World War 1,” secretary of the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop, Del Ross, said.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Michael Johnsen who has emceed the event for several years said the Battle of Beersheba was an extraordinary part of Australian history with strong links to families still living in the Upper Hunter.
“They were mostly stockmen, drovers, farmers, graziers, or station hands,” Cr Johnsen said.
“800 horses and riders thundering toward gun fire and trenches and changed the history of the war in the Middle East.”
During the service the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop on horseback lead in by the Scone Pipe Band and children from Blandford and Murrurundi public schools.
This was be followed by original World War 1 equipment, a limba (the vehicle that carried ammunition) and a canon which was captured in France.
A cross was erected for the ceremony and the sports ground became a temporary war memorial. During the service a catapult party which includes former servicemen guarded the cross.
After the service there was a laying of wreaths at the cross.
The public were invited to attend the ceremony which was held at 11am, Saturday October 26 on Wilson Memorial Oval, Murrurundi.