by Bob retired
Brumby is a type of wild horse from inland Australia
The horse charge at Beersheba was a battle grand,
With both men and steeds bred in a dry, testing land.
The inland of Australia is unforgiving, harsh and cruel,
And those who live 'outback' are surely no one’s fools.
That charge was essential to save the water wells,
Yet to win that battle, men and horses went through hell.
Both the dry and dusty desert and scorching, burning sun
Reminded horse and rider of their home at "Brumbys Run',
Day temperature in the 40's and no moisture anywhere
They went like flying demons just to get fresh air.
Many men and horses fell, and died right where they lay,
Many carried fiercely on and bravely won the day.
Some mates still on the battlefield, they will not grow old,
Horses lay amongst the dead, their steeds so brave and bold.
We shall not forget them, those victims of the gun
They hold a place of honour out here at " Brumbys Run.'
So much death and heartbreak still make the teardrops fall,
The terse reminders for so many, are red poppies on a wall.
During WW1 there was a horse charge at a place called Beersheba in the middle east, in desert country. Control of water was needed to shorten the time required to defeat the Turks in that area. The Australian Light horsemen carried out the charge successfully, but at a cost of lives, both men and horses. Australia shipped thousands of horses over to WW1, and only one returned.