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The plaque commemorates the Australian Light Horsemen who served at the Charge at Beersheba during World War One. The plaque was unveiled to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the charge. 

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, thus 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.


Address:Tumbulgum Road, Remembrance Place, Murwillumbah, 2484
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.326975
Long: 153.400428
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


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The 100 year Anniversary
             of the

"Charge at Beersheba"
        by the
Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade
800 Light Horsemen of the 4th (Vic) and
12th (NSW) Light Horse Regiments
With 11th LH Regt (Qld & SA) in Reserve
    31st October 1917
    during the Palestine
Sinai Desert Campaign in WW1

Unveiled by Colonel Tom Harwood AM. RFD.
Dedicated by Reverend Graeme Hodgkinson Th Schol
11th November 2017
The Tweed Valley-Murwillumbah Sub Branch of the National Servicemen`s Association of Australia NSW Branch Inc.,
The Dept of Veteran Affairs "Saluting Their Service" Commemoration Grants Program
Murwillumbah RSL Sub Branch


Source: NRWM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au