Grave marker placed over the mass grave for members of 4th Light Horse Regiment killed at Beersheba in 1917

Collection ID RELAWM06330
Collection type Heraldry
Title Grave marker placed over the mass grave for members of 4th Light Horse Regiment killed at Beersheba in 1917
Object type Heraldry
Maker French, James Isaac (Jim)

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.