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Beersheba

Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, Sinai–Palestine Campaign –
Be’er Sheva, Israel

Commonwealth War Cemetery, Be'er Sheva Israel Centenery of the Battle of Beersheba.

Snapshot
Service: Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, Sinai–Palestine Campaign
Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Time: TBC
Seating style: Varied - limited grandstands will be available with bucket-style seats and grassed area with no seats
Venue: Beersheba War Cemetery and Park of the Australian Soldier
Weather: Hot to very hot
Attendance passes: Required
Visa requirements: Australian passport holders – No / Check your visa requirements
Security: Airport-style screening
Important notes:

A joint Australian and New Zealand service will be held at the Beersheba War cemetery in the morning. 

A New Zealand Service will be conducted in the early afternoon.

A re-enactment of the charge of the Light Horse will be conducted mid-afternoon by the Australian Light Horse Association. 

An Australian service will also be held at the Park of the Australian Soldier in the early evening, followed by a Pratt Foundation Gala BBQ.

Entry to all activities is free of charge

Allocation of attendance passes via the registration system is on a first in basis.  An attendance pass will be required to enter the site(s).

Early registration will increase your chance of being allocated an attendance pass.

As there is limited shade in the Cemetery visitors should be prepared for hot weather with a wide brim hat and sunscreen. Shade-umbrellas are not permitted.

Visitors should leave plenty of time to arrive at the site if travelling by road. Traffic in Israel moves very slowly during peak time on major arterial roads. Long delays can be expected.

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Getting to Be’er Sheva 

Be’er Sheva is a city on the edge of the Negev Desert in southern Israel and is approximately 80 km south-west of Jerusalem and 100 km south of Tel Aviv. 

Public transport is available from both major cities. Trains run from Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva.

Further details will be provided once they have been confirmed.

Further reading

Visitors wishing to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing should consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling overseas. Limited assistance may be available on the day.

Contact Information

In Australia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Telephone: 1300 364 002
Email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au
Facebook: DVA Aus / Anzac Centenary
Twitter: @DVAAus

For Consular Assistance in Israel

Telephone: +972 3 6935 000
Email: telaviv.embassy@dfat.gov.au
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Emergency helpline

Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service:
Telephone: 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost) or
Telephone: +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia

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