William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE LAST SUCCESSFUL CAVALRY CHARGE

Where the Crusaders, and Napoleon, and the Brits could not produce a defeat
‘Twas done by young Aussies on horseback: it caused the Turks to retreat!
This great feat was accomplished by the gallant “Australian Light Horse”!
Wearing their famous, emu feathered slouch hats, they bravely ventured forth!

At the life giving wells of Beersheba, was it part of God’s plan
For the freeing of Israel by the Aussie’s mounted infantry man?
For those who bless Israel – they will be blessed in many ways
According to Genesis 12, in the good, book, so it says!

Beersheba was protected by over five thousand Turks.
And eight hundred mounted Aussies with bayonet and dirk
Captured the wells at Beersheba a true victory, of course!
A glorious achievement for the Aussies, and their Mounted Light Horse!

Victoria Times Colonist Article of November 1, 2007

AUSSIES REMEMBER WORLD’S LAST SUCCESSFUL CAVALRY CHARGE

Second World War Veteran, Frank Morgan

Second World War Veteran, Frank Morgan, speaks with daughter Heather Stephenson in Sydney, Australia, before yesterday’s ceremony marking the 90th Anniversary of the Charge of Beersheba by the Australian Light Horse Brigade. The 1917 charge by more than 800 Australian horsemen against Turkish forces is recognized as the world’s last successful cavalry charge. While losing 31 men, the Australian took 38 Turkish officers and 700 other ranks prisoner, as well as four field guns.

Will Burgess/Reuters