Geelong war veteran honoured at Beersheba service

December 25, 2017

A century after the legendary Charge of Beersheba, Geelong’s Sloan ‘Scotty’ Bolton’s heroic exploits are still talked about today.

Bolton was one of the Australian Light Horse Regiment members to be honoured at the battle’s 100-year anniversary in southern Israel recently, which was attended by dignitaries including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Light Horseman’s daughter, Margaret Grant, was also at the moving ceremony.

And back on Australian soil, a bus left Geelong RSL, which provides a comprehensive range of veteran services in Geelong, for a service at a new soldiers memorial at Mannerim to mark the October 31 anniversary date. Bolton’s grandson, John Bolton, fittingly drove the bus.

Bolton, who was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for his war-time actions and bravery, played a key role in the successful battle for Beersheba. The Lighthorsemen, a 1987 movie of the charge, featured four main characters including Bolton. The film included Bolton’s dramatic efforts to successfully halt a German soldier’s attempts to dynamite a strategic water well in the desert town.

Bolton farmed at Mannerim on the Bellarine Peninsula in the war’s wake, despite having both legs amputated after being wounded in action. He died in December 1947.

At Geelong RSL sub branch, we welcome members of the Australian Defence Force and police forces who have served in United Nations operations across the world. Our organisation is proud to provide veteran services in Geelong as well as support and camaraderie to veterans. We also extend a helping hand and support to war widows and veterans’ children.

If you would like to know more about our veteran services in Geelong, which include support with medical aids and equipment and home maintenance, please contact us at Geelong RSL.