Where Light Horsemen Lie… (continued)

The grave of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC, DSO Commanding Officer of the 8th Australian Light Horse 1915 to 1st November 1917 in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Beersheba.  Ken Curnow OAM took this photograph (see right) on the 1st of November 2007, exactly 90 years to the day when Maygar died at Beersheba. Maygar came from the Euroa district in Victoria where Maygar’s Hill is depicted on the Hume Highway south of Euroa.

After a visit to Jerusalem and the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery at Mount Scopus, Ken explains: ‘many Australian Light Horsemen killed in the campaigns of the First World War are buried here'.  It is likely that more Light Horsemen lie in the Commonwealth War Graves at Ramleh and at Haifa.

Photograph: Ken Curnow O.A.M.

Right: entry to the Jerusalem War Cemetery (photograph by Ken Curnow O.A.M)

Photograph: Ken Curnow O.A.M.

Neither Ken nor I have been to the Commonwealth War Graves in Egypt, Jordan or Syria.  Neither have I visited many cemeteries on the Western Front.  Although only some of us can hope to do so and to pay tribute, others will do so and tell their own stories of what they find and what they experience on their travels. I hope that there are those in Europe and the Middle East who can pay tribute on behalf of those of us who would like to yet are unable to.