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You Gave Me Your Water

Copyright © Jennifer Marshall 2014, 94 x 100cm oil

This is one of a series of paintings depicting the saving of sixty-eight Turks; it shows the compassion of the Light horsemen as they raise the near dead Turks from the burning sand and give them their own water- the most precious commodity in the desert. Here is the true story related in the book ‘CHAUVEL OF THE LIGHT HORSE’ by Alec Hill p 84...

An incident of the days immediately after the Romani operations throws an interesting light on the chivalrous attitude of Chauvel’s Light Horsemen towards their enemy. On August 19, 5th regiment was sent out to investigate an air report of a party of men with camels. It looked like another wild goose chase when an alert youngster reported movement about four miles away. They rode over and came upon sixty-eight Turks half dead from thirst. They were given water and a message was sent back asking for sand carts or other means of getting the prisoners in but , as the regiment was now fifteen miles from camp, it would be long before help came. So the men and the C.O. himself helped the amazed Turks into their saddles and led the Turks back for five miles through deep sand uny transport.”This was a very queer sight’ wrote the troop leader with soldierly understatement’ and worthy of a moving picture’. He expressed his pleasure at having saved ‘these poor sacrifices of the Huns’ and gave credit to his sharp-eyed soldier. Not a bad end to a twenty-two hour day. “

Here is another account from HISTORY OF THE 5TH LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT .   p82, 83

At 1.30 p.m., a message was received from Lieutenant Boyd that his Squadron had captured 68 Turkish soldiers, who were in a very exhausted condition for want of water. These prisoners were brought to Salmana. It appears they were reinforcements discharged from hospital at El-Arish, that they had marched from that place with the intention of reporting to the 31st Regiment at Mazar. They had no guides, however, and missed that place and over marched it by some 16 miles. They were in a very bad condition when our squadron met them, and showed no fight. Owing to their weak condition, the members of the Regiment dismounted from their own horses and gave them a lift for three miles, where we met ambulance wagons which, in the meantime, we had sent for.”  

 

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Jennifer:

I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.