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Sunday, 29 June 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 29 June
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 29 June

Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour

Regimental March -  Marching Through Georgia

 

 

The following entries are extracted and transcribed from the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, the originals of which are held by the Australian War Memorial. There are 366 entries on this site. Each day has entries as they occurred from 1914 to 1919. In addition to the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, when appropriate, entries from the 3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary and other regiments with the Brigade will also appear. Entries from the unit history, Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924 will also appear from time to time. The aim is to give the broadest context to the story and allow the reader to follow the day to day activities of the regiment. If a relative happened to have served in the regiment during the Great War, then this provides a general framework in which the individual story may be told.

 

The Diary

 

1914

Monday, June 29, 1914

See 4th Military District, South Australia for militia activities.

 

1915

Tuesday, June 29, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Walkers Ridge
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No Entry.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary - Casualties: 8th Light Horse Regiment, one killed, two wounded. 9th Light Horse Regiment, one wounded.
Kenneth Alan McKenzie Diary - Back in trenches. At 2100 Turks opened with heavy fire which died down. At about midnight 8th and 9th lines began with loud cries of Allah and Mahomet and at same time they advanced between dead end of No. 5 and Turks Point and over Secret Sap. No control or leadership. It was like potting rabbits. They wandered aimlessly about and were surprised at the Secret Sap. Bomb throwing, flares etc. Lasted till daybreak. It was slaughter pure and simple. Interpreters induced many wounded to come in. Opposite us about ten yards off one was lying in the scrub waving a white flag. We told him to come in and two more followed. They seemed terribly scared that we would shoot them but they were very glad to surrender. One Armenian could speak excellent English and said that Enver Pasha had come from Constantinople to see them attack and push us into the sea. He was serving under compulsion and the officers forced the Turks out of the trenches staying behind themselves. Poor devils, one couldn't help pitying them. Collected a lot of rifles, ammunition etc, also personal articles. The are lying thick along the trenches. Many have been carried in and buried. Very poorly clothed, especially in footwear. Some of their guns played on us but were engaged by destroyer. Saw Clarence night of 29th. Got letter from Sandford. Brigade Casualties: Seven killed [Hopping 9th] 21 wounded. Turks estimated 250 killed, 200 wounded and 12 captured.
Carew Reynell Diary   - No Entry.

 

1916

Thursday, June 29, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Roadhead Serapeum.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Routine training and patrol work.

 

1917

Friday, June 29, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - El Shellal
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - During absence of Royston, Brigadier General JR, CMG DSO, Maygar, Lieutenant Colonel LC, VC DSO, will command the Brigade.
Mounted training carried out in afternoon - troop, Squadron and Regiment.
 

1918

Saturday, June 29, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Solomon's Pools
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Fourteen Other Ranks marched in from Descorps Reinforcement Camp, Jerusalem.
Tod, 200 Sergeant PA; and, Price, 725 Corporal FC, proceeded to Cadet School, Zeitoun.

 

1919

Sunday, June 29, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Tel el Kebir
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Scott, Lieutenant Colonel WH, CMG DSO, who has had indifferent health for some time evacuated to 14th Australian General Hospital.
Parsons, Major HM, DSO, assumes command of the Regiment. Making preparations for move to Moascar where concentration is being made prior to embarkation to Australia.
Kildea, Lieutenant FJ; and, 21 Other Ranks proceeded direct from Zagazig [where they attended 10th Light Horse Regiment Meeting on the 28th June 1919] securing 3rd place in the steeplechase. [Kildea, Lieutenant FJ, with his horse "Never Again"] and 1st in Other Ranks [McCann, 1587 Trooper JF, and his horse "Stiffener Joe"] to No 3 Remount Depot and handed over four rides. This leaves the Regiment without any Animals.
2000, Kildea, Lieutenant FJ; and, two Other Ranks returned from handing horses at Belbeis - four rides. This leaves the Regiment without any animals.

 


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Sources:

See: 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Contents
Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, AIF War Diaries of the Great War, Site Transcription Policy

 

Further Reading:

9th Light Horse Regiment AIF

Bert Schramm Diary

9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 9th LHR AIF War Diary, 29 June

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