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A plaque commemorates the service of Sir Henry ("Harry") Chauvel, a senior officer of the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.), who fought at Gallipoli and in the Middle East Theatre in World War One.

As commander of the Desert Mounted Corps he was responsible for one of the most decisive victories and fastest pursuits in military history.  At Beersheba in October 1917, his light horse captured the town and its vital water supply in one of history's last great cavalry charges.

By September 1918, Chauvel was able to effect a secret redeployment of three of his mounted divisions and launch a surprise attack on the enemy that won the Battle of Megiddo, which he followed up this victory with one of the fastest pursuits in military history. 


Address:ANZAC Parade, Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, Reid, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.287535
Long: 149.142274
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

This Plaque Commemorates The Service In The
            Australian Imperial Force
General Sir Henry ("Harry") George Chauvel
             G.C.M.G., K.C.B.
                  1865 - 1945

Australian Cavalry Leader Of 1914 - 1918 Who Commanded
The 1st Light Horse Brigade And The 1st Australian
Division On Gallipoli In 1915. Then Successively
Commanded The ANZAC Mounted Divsion, The Desert
Column And The Desert Mounted Corps In Operations
In Egypt, Palestine And Syria   1916 - 1918

Source: MA
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