Campbelltown City Council yesterday unveiled a stunning monument honouring the Light Horse Regiments that trained at Menangle Park, and their role in the Battle of Beersheba almost 100 years ago.
The monument has been installed at the corner of Menangle Road and the newly renamed Beersheba Parade, Menangle Park, and forms part of Council’s Anzac Centenary commemorations between 2014 and 2018.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said Council was proud to be acknowleding the sacrifice of the 31 brave Australians who died, and the 36 men who were wounded, at the Battle of Beersheba, and their connection to Campbelltown in such a prominent way.
“The Anzacs were special to Campbelltown, and to all Australians, and the new monument installed on the site near where the Light Horse Regiments trained, now known as Club Menangle, is a fitting public memorial,” he said.
“It is one of a number of ways our city is honouring our servicemen and servicewomen during the Anzac Centenary commemorations, including an Anzac Memorial unveiled at Milton Park in June, the World War I memorial in Mawson Park, and memorial plinths, which have pride of place at Ingleburn Railway Station.”
The mounted forces that trained at Menangle Park formed part of the regiments that participated in the Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917.
The final phase of the all-day battle was the famous charge of the Light Horse Regiment, and the capture of the strategic town of Beersheba which enabled the British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza. The city fell a week later, and on 9 December 1917, the British troops entered Jerusalem.