Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
19 July 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, 19 - 25 July 1918
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Friday, July 19, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Madhbeh, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - We were out all night last night but have been in camp all day. The heat is something awful.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Madhbeh, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Darley, Major TH; and, Gibney, Lieutenant BE, reported from Moascar.
0430, B Squadron when returning to bivouac from counter attack position Abu Tellul, had two men wounded by shell fire, Fletcher, 3012a Corporal GEP; and, Logue, 2122 Trooper W.
Fletcher, 3012a Corporal GEP, died two hours later and was buried at 1600 by Chaplain Moore, Captain Canon, in SQ Y23a37.
Enemy shelled watering area intermittently throughout the day. The Regiment proceeded to water by troops with 300 yards distance between each troop. Smith, Lieutenant PT, DCM left on four weeks leave in Egypt.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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