People from Jamberoo, Kiama and Gerringong gathered on 31 October to mark the 100th anniversary of the Charge of Beersheba.
The last great cavalry charge in military history was accomplished by the Australian mounted infantry of the 4th Light Horse, not trained in those tactics or armed for the part.
The unexpectedness of the strategy and the bravery of the soldiers resulted in them successfully capturing the town and its strategically important wells.
The uncle of Harold West OAM, a member of the local RSL Sub-Branch, participated in the operation.
The Last Post was played on a bugle brought home from the Western Front, and fittingly the Kiama-Jamberoo Light Horse stood honour guard at the Arch after parading down the Terralong St.
Members of the public are invited to attend this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the bloodiest year of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. In that year 40,000 Australians died, almost two thirds of those killed in the entire war.
Details: Saturday 11 November, Memorial Arch, Kiama, from 10am