Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
5 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, 5 - 9 November 1918
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Tuesday, November 5, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Homs, Syria
Bert Schramm's Diary - More good news today. Official news says we are now at peace with Austria. Hostilities ceased at 4 pm yesterday. Haven't heard the terms but believe it amounts to unconditional surrender and we have full access of manoeuvring through Austria to attack Germany from that way. But the general opinion is that Germany will have peace also within a few weeks. We are moving to Tripoli tomorrow, a small town near the coast sixty eight miles from here.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Homs, Syria
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Information received that the following honours and awards had been granted by the Commander In Chief:
Bar to DSO, Scott, Lieutenant Colonel WH, CMG DSO.
Military Cross: McDonald, Lieutenant JM; Wastell, Lieutenant MF; and, Sharp, Lieutenant RC.
Distinguished Conduct Medal: Smyth, 902 Signaller JMN; Halliday, 1459 Signaller NC; Ferman, 255 Sergeant JL; and, Todd, 769 Corporal AH.
Military Medal: Wuchatach, 504 Staff Sergeant Major BG.
Orders received that Australian Mounted Division less 5th Light Horse Brigade would march to Tripoli in Brigade groups. 3rd Light Horse Brigade to move from present area on the 6th November 1918. Information received that an armistice had been concluded with Austria.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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