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03-September-2016
03-September-2016

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A monument commemorates the Australian Light Horse Regiments that served in World War One.  It was unveiled on the 98th anniversary of the Charge of Beersheba by the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

The Buderim Men’s Shed constructed the ‘Waler’ horse memorial as part of the Federal Government 100-year Centenary of Anzac Grant.  It is located in the Woombye CWA park, home of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment – Woombye Troop.

Beersheba, a heavily fortified town 43 kilometres from the Turkish bastion of Gaza, was the scene of an historic charge by the 4th Light Horse Brigade on 31 October 1917. Beersheba anchored the right end of a defensive line that stretched all the way from Gaza on the Mediterranean coast. After two failed attempts to attack Gaza frontally it was decided to outflank it by turning the Turkish line around Beersheba. The attack was launched at dawn on 31 October but by late afternoon the British 20 Corps had made little headway toward the town and its vital wells.

Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel, commanding the Desert Mounted Corps, ordered the 4th Light Horse Brigade forward to attempt to secure the position. Brigadier William Grant responded by ordering light horseman of the 4th and 12th Regiments to charge at the unwired Turkish trenches. Employing their bayonets as "swords" the momentum of the surprise attack carried them through the Turkish defences. The water supplies were saved and over 1,000 Turkish prisoners were taken. The fall of Beersheba thus opened the way for a general outflanking of the Gaza-Beersheba Line. After severe fighting Turkish forces abandoned Gaza on 6 November and began their withdrawal into Palestine.

Location

Address:Park Street, CWA Park , Woombye, 4559
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.661076
Long: 152.963682
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:31-October-1917
Actual Event End Date:31-October-1917

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 31st October, 2015
Front Inscription

Plaque :

This memorial is dedicated to the Light Horse Regiments of the First World War which was unveiled on 31 October 2015 "Beersheba Day" by the Hon. Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans` Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Mionister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANzAC Special Minister of State

Lest we forget

Plaque : 

"31 October 1917
The 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment on the way to take part in the attack on Beersheba"

Plaque :

This memorial was established by the Buderim Men`s Shed with the assistance of the Australian Government`s ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program

In partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council

 

Source: MA
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