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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Battle of Beersheba Centenary Commemorative Service 15th October 2017 - All Welcome

Christ Church South Yarra. Photo CCSY
Be advised that a memorial service marking the centenary of the Battle of Beershaba will be held at 6pm, Sunday 15th October 2017, at Christ Church South Yarra, 677 Punt Road, South Yarra.
During the service a ceremonial sword of General Sir Harry Chauvel will be rededicated 70 years after it was presented to Christ Church, where Sir Harry was a Churchwarden for 25 years.
The Christ Church service invitation records that the Battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this full day’s battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba.
General Sir Harry Chauvel. Source Wikiepedia
The Australian War Memorial records that Chauvel served on Gallipoli as commander of the 1st Light Horse Brigade. Arriving on 12 May, he took command of a sector that included Quinn's Post, Courtney's Post, and Steele's Post, each the scene of heavy fighting. Illness forced his evacuation and he spent June and July in hospital, returning to take command of the New Zealand and Australian Division in September 1915. In November he was given command of the 1st Australian Division and was promoted to major general. Given his choice of commands in Egypt after the evacuation, Chauvel took charge of the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division.
Chauvel was the first Australian to attain the rank of lieutenant general and later general, and the first to lead a Corps. As commander of the Desert Mounted Corps, he was responsible for one of the most decisive victories and fastest pursuits in military history at the Battle of Beersheba.
The 1st Light Horse Brigade was evacuated to Lemnos from Gallipoli in December 1915.
Note that Peter Corlett, OAM, who created our Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, also created the Anzac Memorial at Beersheba.
Also nearby is South Yarra Primary School, where Private Herbert Claxton - who served at Gallipoli with the 19th Battalion and his buried on Lemnos - went to school. For more information on Herbert, click here.
All welcome.Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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