Beersheba centenary at St Peters Cathedral Armidale

A century after the charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba, Armidale paused to commemorate the fallen with the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers.

The charge turned the tide in the Palestinian campaign and helped to change the course of the war in the Middle East.

On Saturday, November 4 a plaque to honour the old Guidon was unveiled at a ceremony at St Peters Cathedral.

The 12th Light Horse were presented with their first Guidon at Tenterfield in 1928.

It will now lay to rest in the church and slowly fade away to dust.

Organiser Doug Lennox said he was pleased with Saturday’s ceremony which saw not one pew empty.

“It was excellent,” he said.

The Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove sent a special message via video link.

“I say to all of you, gathered today that you enjoy the respect and indeed the burden of the reputation created by the men of the 12th Light Horse and the 4th Light Horse at the charge of Beersheba,” he said.

The service also featured a performance from The Armidale School choir who sang Soldier On before the new Guidon was marched out of the church.

After the service, sandwiches and a plant stall were available in the church grounds.