Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
1 November 1918
2823 Private Herbert Leslie SCHRAMM, a 22 year old Farmer from Whites River, South Australia. He enlisted on 17 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.
During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, Bert Schramm kept a diary of his life. Bert was not a man of letters so this diary was produced with great effort on his behalf. Bert made a promise to his sweetheart, Lucy Solley, that he would do so after he received the blank pocket notebook wherein these entries are found. As a Brigade Scout since September 1918, he took a lead part in the September Offensive by the Allied forces in Palestine. Bert's diary entries are placed alongside those of the 9th Light Horse Regiment to which he belonged and to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade to which the 9th LHR was attached. On this basis we can follow Bert in the context of his formation.
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Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 1 - 4 November 1918
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Friday, November 1, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Homs, Syria
Bert Schramm's Diary - We arrived at Homs at 5.30 this morning and we are at present camped about two miles north of the town. I think we will probably stay here until the results of the armistice is known. Homs is a fairly decent town and much cleaner than most of the places we have seen yet. Homs has a population of eighty thousand people.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Homs, Syria
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0500 Arrived at Homs. Passed through centre of town to an area two miles north and bivouacked. This completed the 100 miles march from Kaukab. The horses stood the trip well. Route throughout was fairly well watered. With the exception of the stage from Adra to Kuteife a high standard of march discipline was maintained. On the aforementioned stage the 3rd Light Horse Brigade marched in rear of the Divisional Troops Group. This group included much wheeled transport which necessitated a very slow pace. Details of the armistice with Turkey received. On 10th October 1918, Barker, Lieutenant AS, was attached to 3rd Light Horse Brigade as Acting Staff Captain.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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Bert Schramm's Diary
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