Grave marker placed over the mass grave for members of 4th Light Horse Regiment killed at Beersheba in 1917
|Title||Grave marker placed over the mass grave for members of 4th Light Horse Regiment killed at Beersheba in 1917|
|Maker||French, James Isaac (Jim)|
|Place made||Ottoman Empire: Palestine, Beersheba|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1917|
Aluminium grave marker in two pieces, which are intended to be placed one above the other to form a whole. Each section has a hole drilled in its four corners, to allow it to be screwed to a decorative metal cross of local Palestinian manufacture, which can be seen in Photograph H02322. The upper section is surmounted by a cut out cross with an engraved 'Rising Sun' badge beneath it bearing the words '4TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT' on its scrolls in place of the usual 'Australian Commonwealth Military Forces'. Stamped into the metal underneath the badge is 'IN MEMORY OF/ LIEUT. MEREDITH. B.P.G./ 2ND LIEUT. BURTON. F.J./ 209. R.S.M. WILSON. A./ 147. CPL. MITCHELL. S.N./ 124 LCPL. KINGHORN. R.W./91 TPR. CLEAVER. E.R./ 1956A [TPR] KERRIGAN. W.E.'. Stamped into the metal of the lower section is '1501 [TPR] MORLEY. R.H./ 3650 [TPR] WICKHAM. T.H./ 741 [TPR] REINEKE.J./ 1178 LCPL McGRATH. F.E./ KILLED IN ACTION/ 31ST October 1917/ 4TH A.L.H. REGT.' All the names are listed vertically, one man to each line. Where 'TPR' (trooper) appears in square brackets it means that the word is indicated by a ditto mark (") in the actual plate.
This grave marker, made by Warrant Officer II James Isaac 'Jim' French, of 4 Light Horse Regiment from material cut from an old tank, was placed on an ornamental cross made by local Palestinian craftsmen, which marked the position of the mass grave for the eleven members of the regiment who had been killed in the charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.