Trooper Harold Thomas Bell (3650, 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment) was a farmer from Walpeup, Victoria. He enlisted under the alias of Harold Thomas Wickham. Harold received gunshot wounds which fractured a leg during the charge against Beersheba on 31 October 1917, and died of his wounds the following day. He was 16 years of age. Harold is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel. (The Australian War Memorial)
With permission from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, in 2009 McMinn created a series of rubbings from the war graves headstones in Beersheba, Israel. These images are taken from the headstones of the fallen light horse soldiers, involved in the charge of Beersheba.
These charcoal frottage works on paper will be shown along side a series of landscape paintings reflecting the typography endured by these soldiers and their horses.
Beersheba 16 is a precursor to The Light Horse exhibition featuring evocative paintings by George Lambert, Sidney Nolan and Susan McMinn, as well as original memorabilia once owned by Lt General Harry Chauvel. The Light Horse exhibition opens at The Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance, 21st October 2017.