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Re: 924 Albert 'Tibby' Cotter 12 ALH

From: Jeremy Stroud
Date: 3/5/2001
Time: 9:55:08 AM
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Albert Cotter, trooper 924, 12th ALH regt, died on Wednesday 31st Oct 1917 aged 33, burried Beersheba (Israel). Details http://www.cwgc.org/ 2 regiments (from 10th,11th,12th that formed the 4th ALH brigade under Brig-Gen W.Grant) charged the Turkish positions at Beersheba at dusk on 31st Oct - 32 died & 32 wounded. The other regt 4th brigade was engaged in reconaissance work. The charge was supported by the artillery of the AMD (in which my gradfather served). The Turks in 2 lines of deep trenches, with machine guns & field guns in front were overrun by the ALH gallopping over them bayonets already drawn - dismounting behind the trenches, the bayonet was used. The position was taken in about 10 minutes. The whole Beersheba operation resulted in 2000 enemy prisoners & 500 dead. Source: "The desert Mounted Corps" by R.M.P.Preston, published 1921. Hope this of some interest to you. p.s. periscope story & machine gunning from another reply sounds unlikely, given the distances, open terrain & that Tibby was a trooper. Service Records should clarify.

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