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Re: Long Lost Lighthorseman

From: B Dolan    bdolan@anzacs.org
Date: 8/17/2001
Time: 8:49:07 PM
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On 29 July 1915 the 4th Light Horse was posted in the trenches on Holly Ridge which runs off the Lone Pine plateau and formed the far southern flank of the Anzac position. Shell Green cemetery is located just behind the ridge, overlooking the sea. According to the history 'Men of Beersheba', they supported the 11th Battalion's attack on what would eventually be known as Leane's Trench (31st July) and 'for the next week the Regiment was given perhaps the odd responsibility of drawing the enemy's fire between 2 and 3 am every morning.' (p29). The fact that Trooper Talbett has a known grave strongly suggests he was killed in his own trenches, rather than outside them on patrol, where many bodies were never recovered. Your best bet would be to get hold of a copy of his service dossier from National Archives in Canberra.


PS Your great-uncle's epitaph on his headstone in Shell Green cemetery reads:

In Memory Of The Deeply Loved Son Of Mrs. E.O. Talbett, Box Hill

Website: Leaders of Anzacs: Officers died at Gallipoli www.anzacs.org

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