The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of Driver Edward Todd Harrison, 4th Light Horse Regiment, First World War.

Accession Number AWM2017.1.41
Collection type Film
Object type Last Post film
Physical description 16:9
Maker Australian War Memorial
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Campbell
Date made 10 February 2017
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The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told. Hosted by , the story for this day was on

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Driver Edward Todd Harrison, 4th Light Horse Regiment
KIA 14 July 1918
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Story delivered 10 February 2017

Today we remember and pay tribute to Driver Edward Todd Harrison, who died while serving in the First World War.

Edward Harrison was born in 1879, one of nine children of George and Susan Harrison. The Harrisons were a well-known and respected family within the small rural community of Pomborneit on Lake Corangamite in western Victoria. In addition to farming, Edward was an active member of the Pomborneit Rifle Club, and was one-time secretary of the Pomborneit Presbyterian Church.

After a recruiting meeting at the Pomborneit Town Hall in July 1915, Edward Harrison enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. According to a report in the local newspaper, “the hall was filled and a splendid display of patriotism marked the proceedings”. Along with several other men, Harrison travelled to Melbourne, where he signed on for overseas service. Owing to his experience with horses, he underwent training as a trooper in the Australian Light Horse, and embarked for Egypt with a reinforcement group for the 4th Light Horse Regiment in August 1915.

In October Harrison joined the regiment on Gallipoli, where the light horse fought as dismounted infantry. After the evacuation, Harrison returned to Egypt, where he was posted as a driver within the A Squadron’s transport section, responsible for the regiment’s water, supplies, and ammunition. This work was vital to operations in the desert, where the ability to advance was largely dependent on the availability of water and fodder.

After spending most of 1916 defending the Suez Canal, the 4th Light Horse Regiment participated in the British campaign against the
Ottoman Turks, involving a successful advance across the Sinai Desert and into Palestine. The regiment’s first major action took place at Beersheba on 31 October 1917, and after Gaza fell it took part in the pursuit that followed. In 1918 Harrison was involved in heavy fighting east of the Jordan River during the raid on Es Salt.

By mid-1918 the Anzac Mounted Division had entered Jerusalem and occupied a defensive position in the Musallebeh sector known as the Wadi el Auja line. Sometime around 6 am on the morning of 14 July 1918 Harrison was mortally wounded when Turkish artillery opened up on the Australian positions. As he was holding the reins of a water cart horse, he was struck in the head by a shrapnel pellet and died before stretcher-bearers could carry him to the nearest aid post. He was 39 years old.

Harrison was buried at the foot of Mount Temptation, and was later reinterred at the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel where he rests today. The inscription “Ever remembered” appears on his headstone.

According to his mates, Edward Harrison was “a very fine chap and well liked” by all who knew him. He had been with the regiment since Gallipoli, and many felt his loss keenly. The small community at Pomborneit was also devastated by the news of his death. The local newspaper describe him as “a fine stamp of young Australian … possessed of sterling and amiable qualities which won for him general admiration”.

Edward Harrison is listed on the Roll of Honour on my right, among more than 60,000 Australians who died while serving in the First World War.

This is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice told here at the Australian War Memorial. We now remember Driver Edward Harrison, who gave his life for us, for our freedoms, and in the hope of a better world.

Aaron Pegram
Historian, Military History Section

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