Battle of Magdhaba (World War 1, 23 December 1916 to 9 January 1917)

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About This Campaign

Battle of Magdhaba Middle East 23 Dec 1916 - 5 January 1917

Magdhaba, a village located in the northern Sinai desert, was the scene of an action
fought on 23 December 1916 when Turkish forces blocking the route to Palestine were
attacked by Major General Harry Chauvel's ANZAC Mounted Division, which had the
Imperial Camel Corps attached.

Success in this hard fought action was secured through a resolute assault with the
bayonet by the 1st Light Horse Brigade, commanded by Brigadier Charles Cox, just
as Chauvel ordered his force to withdraw.

A mounted charge by the 10th Light Horse to secure vital water supplies nearby was
also a vital contributory factor in the victory.

This action, combined with the success at Rafa on 9 January 1917, opened the way
for the final expulsion of the Turks from Sinai.

Sourced by Julianne T Ryan, courtesy of AWM.  19/3/2015.  Lest we forget.

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Names

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ANTHONY, Arthur Henry

Service number 962
Lance Corporal
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1896

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GOURLAY, Thomas Phillip

Service number 747
Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1894

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MCNAMARA, Frank Hubert

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
No. 1 Squadron
Australian Flying Corps
AIF WW1
Born 4 Apr 1894

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DONNELLAN, William

Service number 1093
Lance Corporal
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jan 1894

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HARDIMAN, Denis Daniel

Service number 1660
Corporal
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1882

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MCBRIDE, Norman Harold

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 15 Feb 1894

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NAIRN, Alexander

Service number 1355
Trooper
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1887

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BAX, Murray Charles

Service number 107
Lance Corporal
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 24 Mar 1887

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