Commemorative services to mark the Centenary of the last great cavalry charge on the town of Beersheba during WWI will be held in Israel on 31 October 2017.
CAPTION: Australian Army soldier Corporal Rob Conway rests after a practice ride in preparation for the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba. Photo by Corporal Nunu Campos.
Commemorations will remember and honour the courage, strength and sacrifice displayed during an all-day battle, which was part of the wider British offensive known as the third Battle of Gaza.
During this conflict the famous mounted charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Brigades led to the capture of the town of Beersheba and enabled the British empire forces to break the Ottoman line and advance into Palestine.
On 31 October 2017, there will be a joint Australian and New Zealand Centenary Service in the morning and an Australia-only service later in the day.
Australian Army soldiers were busy recently practicing their drill and making final preparations to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Battle of Beersheba.
Corporal Rob Conway will be among a total of 53 personnel travelling to Israel as part of the ADF contingent for this commemoration, including Australian Army soldiers, personnel from Australia’s Federation Guard and Australian Army Band members, among others.
Corporal Conway had to learn to ride a horse in preparation for his part in reenacting the charge on 31 October.
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