Honour, respect for fallen in full bloom

Wanneroo Joondalup RSL Vice-President John Duffy and Major Ash Cogdon, the current Officer Commanding of 10th Light Horse Jason O’Keefe, Freeman of the City Bill Marwick and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at the Central Park War Memorial plaque.
Wanneroo Joondalup RSL Vice-President John Duffy and Major Ash Cogdon, the current Officer Commanding of 10th Light Horse Jason O’Keefe, Freeman of the City Bill Marwick and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at the Central Park War Memorial plaque.

The flower bed features the 10th Light Horse unit colour patch of black and yellow as well as XLH (which represents the 10th Light Horse) in yellow flowers.

Earlier this week the current Officer Commanding of 10th Light Horse Jason O�Keefe joined Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard to view the flower bed alongside Freeman of the City Bill Marwick and Wanneroo Joondalup RSL representatives vice-president John Duffy and Major Ash Cogdon.

The group also visited the Central Park War Memorial which has a plaque dedicated to the Battle of the Nek, which occurred at 4.30am on August 7, 1915 on a tiny piece of ground high above Anzac Cove.

Mr Marwick, who is also a local historian, researched the information that was included on the plaque about the battle that resulted in about 240 Australian soldiers, including members of the 10th Light Horse Regiment, being killed.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City�s flower bed was a �small token of thanks to those killed or injured in this bloody battle some historians have declared, proportionally speaking, Australia�s worst military disaster�.

The 10th Light Horse regiment first camped in Wanneroo on the east side of Wanneroo Road, south of Ashley Road, and later moved to the site of today�s 10th Light Horse Heritage Trail in Neerabup National Park.

During World War II, 600 men of the 10th Light Horse made its home in the bushland of Wanneroo.

The regiment was Australia�s last Mounted Cavalry unit and was disbanded at the campsite in Wanneroo in April 1944.