Mudgee High School welcomes Remembrance Day special guest

Mr David Lester with Mudgee High School Captains and Vice Captains (from left), Olive Loughnan, Lowanna Paulsen, Thomas Loughnan and Adam O’Connell.
Mr David Lester with Mudgee High School Captains and Vice Captains (from left), Olive Loughnan, Lowanna Paulsen, Thomas Loughnan and Adam O’Connell.

Mudgee High School welcomed a special guest with a local family link to World War I as part of their Remembrance Day service last week.

With the November 11 in 2017 falling on a Saturday, students and staff at the school commemorated the occasion on last Wednesday.

The school community was honoured to host Mr David Lester, who along with his late wife Mary and his father Bruce, was an ex-student of Mudgee High School.

Mr Lester and his family have a proud military history. His father, Bruce, was a member of the 4th Lighthorse Brigade which as part of a wider offensive on October 31, 1917 in the Battle of Beersheba, now Israel, stormed Turkish defences and took the town of Beersheba.

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The famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade was the most important phase of the day long battle.

Mr Lester and his daughter, Robbie Holdaway, recently returned from Beersheba after participating in a re-enactment of the charge to mark the centenary of the event.

Photo: Simone Kurtz

Photo: Simone Kurtz

At Mudgee High School’s Remembrance Day ceremony Mr Lester explained the significance of the battle to students, the importance of our country’s ties with Israel and made mention that to his knowledge there were four former students of Mudgee High present at the battle.

MHS deputy principal Richard Finter said, “Mr Lester’s presence at the ceremony was greatly appreciated by the students and reinforced the importance of commemorating the sacrifices of others”.