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Black Tracker

BLACK TRACKER IN THE NEGEV

Copyright © 2015 Jennifer Marshall 


An 11th Light Horse Regiment have been stationed in the desert south of Beersheba, known now as the Negev. They were sent to patrol this area in 1917 after the first battle for Gaza, and before the capture of Beersheba on 31 October 1917. Their purpose was to discover and prevent any incursion by the enemy behind the front line between Gaza and Beersheba. This scout patrol has come across some suspicious fresh tracks - are they Turkish enemy scouts or wandering Bedouin? Either way, they cannot be trusted, and they must discover their whereabouts quickly, for the day is almost gone. Jack Pollard, an Aboriginal Light Horseman from Queensland has recently joined the regiment and proved to be an excellent tracker, so he is given the job.

Tracking is the most dangerous of all scouting activities, and usually done on foot - not this time. Time is of the essence, and Jack is capable of tracking quickly and accurately from the saddle while there is enough light. The tracker, cannot hide under the scant cover available, so is exposed in the open and vulnerable to attack, also the patrol does not want to risk being led into a possible ambush; so out of the picture the scout leader spreads out his men, going ahead of and flanking their tracker, ensuring that no enemy can attack him while he is intent on following the trail. Covering him from behind and keeping a sharp lookout as well, are two of his companions in support.

Jack Pollard was one of the 29 known Aboriginal Light Horsemen to join the 11th Light Horse. This regiment had more indigenous Australians than any other Australian regiment. They were affectionately called "The Black Watch".

The models I have used in this painting are all from 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop. The tracker is the grandson of Jack Pollard on his horse, Shining Heart.

http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1975827/brigade-scouts-scouting-or-protective-and-tactical-reconnaissance-by-frederick-allan-dove/

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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.