>> Letter to the editor

October 31, 2017

Time for reflection

TODAY we commemorate the centenary of the charge of the Australian Light Horse at the Battle of Beersheba, in what is now Israel.

In what is remembered as one of the great cavalry charges, Australia’s 4th and 12th Light Horse regiments rode through heavy fire and engaged the Turkish line.

Australia captured more than 700 Turkish soldiers in the charge, but lost 31 of our own with another 36 wounded.

More than 1,350 Australians lost their lives in the Middle East campaigns of the First World War.

Today, I urge all Australians to stop and reflect on the Australians who fought and died in the Battle of Beersheba.

We should reflect on the nature of service and on the courage, bravery and sacrifices that our countrymen and women make in our name.

Lest we forget.

Dan Tehan

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

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