Today was the 100th anniversary of the famous WWI Charge of Beersheba, and Macarthur was at the centre of commemorations.
A special “Centenary Wall” was unveiled at Club Menangle – with the names of the lighthorsemen who fell – and wreaths were laid by the large local crowd.
Special guests included the NSW Governor, David Hurley, and Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, the head of the Australian defence forces – who grew up in Campbelltown.
Local students, businesspeople, MPs, veterans’ organisations and residents attended the annual memorial breakfast at Club Menangle, supported by the 7th Light Horse Regiment Menangle Historical Troop and the Ingleburn RSL & City of Campbelltown Pipe Band.
Beersheba, often described as the last successful cavalry charge in history, saw the Australians stunningly defeat the Turks in 1917 and open the door to the allied victory in the Middle East.
Menangle Park was a major training training ground for the Light Horse and has a strong bond with the legend. Campbelltown, Camden and Picton were also, in the 1890s, major operational centres of the NSW Mounted Rifles — forerunners of the Light Horse.
Impressed by this rich equestrian heritage, Club Menangle has been a huge supporter of the Beersheba commemorations, led by CEO Bruce Christison.
Event MC Steve Wisbey’s great-grandfather Frederick Cave Wisbey served at Beersheba, and there was an address by Advertiser columnist Jeff McGill, who has spent decades researching the local mounted soldiers.
Campbelltown state MP Greg Warren was a guest speaker, and Camden state MP Chris Patterson and Macarthur federal MP Michael Freelander joined several local councillors and Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Dietz among the crowd.