Muswellbrook RSL sub-Branch members host service to acknowledge 102nd anniversary of the Charge on Beersheba

MUSWELLBROOK unveiled the Dedication of the Battle of Beersheba Memorial in 2017 - to mark the 100th anniversary of the charge of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade.

On that occasion, the town's five mayors revealed the plaque for the Mon Garling-sculptured statue, Over the Top.

And, on Thursday afternoon, 24 months later, two of them - Brig. (Ret.) John Colvin AM, RFD, ED (Fourth Mayor of Muswellbrook) and current mayor Councillor Martin Rush returned to Brook Street to, again, pay their respects, along with members of the Muswellbrook RSL sub-Branch.

The battle of Beersheba took place on October 31, 1917, as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza.

The final phase of this all-day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade.

Starting at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba.

The capture enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on November 7 and advance into Palestine.

"It's still important to acknowledge historical events like this," Muswellbrook RSL sub-Branch president Greg Cole said.

"[Today] is also the second year since the statue's dedication.

"From a local perspective, it's about honouring the fallen horse, Midnight, which came from Haydons Lane in Blandford.

"I'd like to thank Reverend Scott Dulley for his service - he did a wonderful job - as well as everyone who was involved in bringing the statue to town."