Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
17 June 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, 17 - 22 June 1918
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Monday, June 17, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - 1½ miles east of Jericho, Jordan Valley
Bert Schramm's Diary - We stood to arms all day. The Indians were out on a reconnaissance and we stood by in case anything happened. The enemy brought up a long range gun and tonight started shelling all round Jericho. We left Jericho at 7.30PM and came to Talaat ed Dumm. Arrived there at midnight. I believe we are staying here for a few days.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - 1½ miles east of Jericho, Jordan Valley
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0500 Stood to arms until 1100 when "All clear" was received from Onediv.
1100 Lane, Lieutenant BGB; and, 34 Other Ranks left for Port Said Rest Camp. This party rode to Jericho and from there proceeded by motor lorries to Jerusalem thence by train to Port Said. Sharp, Lieutenant RC; and, three Other Ranks left on leave in Egypt.
1300 Enemy long range naval gun firing at a range of about 17,000 yards commenced bombarding area in vicinity of Jericho. Bombardment lasted till about 2000.
1930 The Regiment with remainder of Brigade less 10th Light Horse Regiment proceeded via Roman road to Talaat ed Dumm arriving there at 2230.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry.
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