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The monument commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Gaza - Beersheba that occured in Palestine in October 1917 during World War One.

The Battle of Beersheba was fought on 31 October 1917, when the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) attacked and captured the Yildirim Army Group garrison at Beersheba, beginning the Southern Palestine Offensive of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of World War One. After successful limited attacks in the morning, by infantry from the 60th (London) and the 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions of the XX Corps from the south-west, the Anzac Mounted Division  (Desert Mounted Corps) launched a series of attacks.

Shortly afterwards, a mounted infantry charge by the Australian Mounted Division's 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments (4th Light Horse Brigade) with bayonets in their hands, their only weapon for mounted attack, as their rifles were slung across their backs. While part of the two regiments dismounted to attack entrenchments on Tel es Saba defending Beersheba, the remainder of the light horsemen continued their charge into the town, capturing the place and part of the garrison as it was withdrawing.


Address:Valley View Drive, Memorial Park, McLaren Vale, 5171
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.216883
Long: 138.538139
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:31-October-1917
Actual Event End Date:31-October-1917


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th November, 2007
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This memorial commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Gaza - Beersheba in Palestine on 31 October 1917 and honours the men from the Fleurieu Peninsula Region who served with the Australian Light Horse during the First World War

Dedicated on Remembrance Day 11 November 2007

Source: MA,RVWM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au