• The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba

    Tuesday 30 October 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    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 all day 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. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the …

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  • Ottoman prisoner of war beadwork

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 9 comments

    rel-09785_1.jpg I normally reside in the Research Centre, working with Mal and Robyn, but for the past five months I have been working in the Memorial’s Military Heraldry and Technology section (MHT). MHT's collection includes uniforms, medals, souvenirs, trench art, weaponry, vehicles and other interesting items. Some items from the MHT collection have been selected for display in Lawrence exhibition. Of the items …

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  • Sergeant Yells and his work with Lawrence

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 3 comments

    In September 1914 Charles Reginald Yells, a 24 year old labourer from Kapunda, South Australia enlisted with the AIF. Joining the 9th Light Horse Regiment, he trained at Broadmeadows in Victoria before embarking on the HMAT Karroo for Egypt in February 1915. In July 1915, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant to teach at the Imperial School of Instruction at Zeitoun, Egypt. He worked as an instructor at the school until assigned for …

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  • Two distinguished Light Horse officers named Donald Cameron

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    Distinguished Service Order Among the literature and sources of the Palestine campaign appear two prominent and highly decorated Light Horse officers by the name of Donald Cameron: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Donald Charles Cameron of the 5th Light Horse Regiment and Lieutenant Colonel Donald Cameron of the 12th Light Horse Regiment. Hailing from rural backgrounds, the two men had similar military career paths. They were both …

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  • Surrender at Ziza 28 September, 1918

    Friday 4 May 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    A force of nearly 5,000 from the Turkish Maan garrison was encountered by elements of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment at Ziza on 29 September 1918. This dramatic painting, Ziza by H. Septimus Power, depicts the unique event where members the Australian Light Horse for one night shared food and fire with soldiers of the Turkish Army and joined forces with the Turks against Arabs from the Beni Sakhr tribes. H …

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  • Blogging from Gallipoli

    Monday 23 April 2007 by Mal Booth.

    John Lafferty from the Memorial's Information Technology section has taken himself and his trusty camera to Gallipoli on our annual Battlefield Tour. John is a gifted photographer and he is maintaining a blog from the tour while they are all in Gallipoli. You can find the Gallipoli Battlefield Tour blog here. The Dardanelles campaign is not covered by our exhibition, but both Lawrence and the Light Horse were involved.  …

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  • Edward Cleaver died from wounds at the charge of Beersheba 31 October 1917

    Friday 13 April 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    Edward Randolph Cleaver - portrait taken in Cairo Edward Randolph Cleaver joined the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment in August 1914. He was the first man from Sale, Victoria to enlist. He was 29 years of age and a master butcher by trade. He had been a member of the 10th Australian Light Horse since 1910.  On the 1 November 1914, after a couple of months of training at Broadmeadows, he set sail from Albany in …

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  • Ion Idriess and the legend of the Light Horse

    Friday 16 March 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 9 comments

    Desert Column - dust jacket of the 1951 2nd edition One of the more significant contributions to the legend of the Light Horse comes from the literature of Ion Idriess. A prolific and well loved author, whose books sold in the millions, Idriess is perhaps most famous for his stories set in the outback and Northern Australia. The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept throughout the war. Published in 1932, it …

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  • Light Horse unit diaries are now available online

    Wednesday 24 January 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    The Australian Light Horse unit war diaries from the First World War have been digitally scanned in full colour and can now be read online. This marks the start of a project to digitise all of the archival series AWM4 Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War. Follow the link above to read our brief description of this scanning project and then go the series note link on this page (over at the National Archives of …

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  • Seeing is believing (more on the taking of Damascus)

    Monday 15 January 2007 by Nigel Steel.

    Damascus from the north east (aerial photograph) B03526The political background to the entry into Damascus is complex and murky. Yet, only by identifying the underlying web of forces involved, can sense be made of what happened as control of the city passed from the Turks to the Allies. It is clear that parts of the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment were the first troops formally to enter Damascus when they passed …

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