The Rona Tranby Trust’s Australian Light Horse Centenary Project

Tranby was delighted to host the presentation to twelve recipients of The Rona Tranby Trust’s Australian Light Horse Centenary Project on Sunday 13 August 2017. This project will record the stories of Indigenous Light Horsemen who served in the Middle East during World War I, as told by their descendants.

It was a great and proud day for the twelve descendants attending. They will be travelling to Beersheba in Israel to participate in the commemorations of the Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 2017 and saddle up to participate in the re-enactment of the Australian Light Horse charge.

The Battle of Beersheba in 1917 was one of the most important of the Sinai-Palestine campaign against the Turkish Empire. Indigenous men served in all Light Horse Regiments, and some participated in the charge at Beersheba. The charge was one of the greatest and bravest battles fought in Australian military history, when two regiments of the Australian Light Horse swept into town and forced the Beersheba garrison to surrender or withdraw.

The indigenous soldiers and the twelve participating descendants are:

FREDERICK AMOS LOVETT (4th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his grandson RICKY MORRIS

CHARLES FITZROY STAFFORD (12th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his great niece PETA FLYNN

HARRY DOYLE (11th Light Horse Regiment), represented by ADRIAN HEPI, Son-in-law of Colin Victor Leftwich, Harry’s nephew

Brothers ERNEST JAMES FIRTH (1st Light Horse Regiment) and FRANCIS WALTER BERTIE FIRTH (2nd Light Horse Regiment)
ERNEST JAMES FIRTH (1st Light Horse Regiment - buried at Beersheba), represented by their great nephew TERRY HUTCHINSON

DAVID MULLETT (1st Remount Unit, No.2 Squadron, Light Horse Regiment), represented by his great granddaughter DORIS PATON

FRANK FISHER (11th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his granddaughter and great granddaughter MISCHA FISHER and ELSIE AMAMOO

JAMES LINGWOODOCK (11th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his grandson RAY MINNIECON

PETER ROSS (13th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his great nephew JOHN PATTEN

JACK STACEY (12th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his grandson LANCE WATERS

ALAN MCDONALD (8th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his great niece Judith Ahmat

ALEXANDER STANLEY (11th Light Horse Regiment), represented by his granddaughter ANGELA STANLEY