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Sunday, 24 August 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, August 24
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 24 August

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, August 24, 1914

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

 

1915

Tuesday, August 24, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Walkers Ridge

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No Entry.

Carew Reynell Diary  - We have had the Leinster Regiment men with us a good deal lately. 25 are sent up each day to learn trench discipline, sniping etc. They are the absolute bally limit. A more miserable useless lot of Devils I can't imagine. They seem to have no spirit or pride of any sort and just mooch around in what Darley calls a "We're here because we're here" style and it describes it well. I hate to say such a rotten demeaning thing but I really feel that one could do more with one battalion of Australians or New Zealanders than 5 Battalions of these.

On the whole their officers are also a wretchedly incompetent lot. We have been disappointed in their fighting capacity and there have been numerous cases of "Wouldn't follow" and "Cleared out". They have a sprinkling of good officers and NCOs from the Permanent Army and they are good but poor fellows feel very ashamed of their units and it's pathetic to hear them. One of them said "My fellows won’t care but if I had 20 Australians we could have taken and held the trench." There is no doubt about it our fellows "Can do" and died like Gentlemen no matter what their previous employ may have been. If we have a fair sample of Australians here they are a damned sight better tribe, the Australians, than I ever thought.

Their dash and pluck I hoped was there. Their initiative and resource I knew was there. But their dogged determination, patience and cheerful fortitude I never believed in - but it's there too. We have had a few who "dropped their bundles" and gone sick but we have a good proportion who have stuck it out to the bitter end and who have wither been sent away with grey haggard faces and high temperatures or who are still walking about with ghastly colours. Thirteen cases of Typhoid were reported in our Division yesterday and Dysentery has been very bad.

As our numbers dwindle it makes the work all the more strenuous for those who are left as we have the same line to hold and it means few resting all the time, and a bigger proportion on sentry go and reliefs for the same. One man in every three is on the look out at the same time all night in the fire trench and we must keep our fire trench numbers up and so as our numbers reduce our number in the support trench will dwindle accordingly.

However I have done everything possible to get the maximum amount of rest for the men day and night and we can hang on no doubt for quite a while yet. the 2nd Australian Division started landing the other day and perhaps they will be able to make a push. Generally speaking the Turks are dug in front of us everywhere on commanding ground and on our left seems to be too good for the Kitchener Army crowd who are barely holding their ground.

We are strictly on the defensive as the attack on 7 August showed that the confined space across which any attack must be made is so swept with converging fire from rifle and machine gun fire that no living being can cross it. Of course there was a mistake about the artillery and the attack was entirely unsupported after a bombardment which was just a joke. But still each line as they reached a certain zone were just mowed down instantaneously and some men's legs were immediately severed by machine gun fire. Not one got back except those who either didn't get as far as this zone or who were wounded and dropped into dead ground and returned on their bellies in dead ground or came after dark. It was an absolute wall of lead.

 

1916

Thursday, August 24, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Hod Nabit
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Operation Order received from Brigade for a reconnaissance in conjunction with New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade of the country north of Salmana and endeavour to round up a number of Bedouins known to be in the country.

Regimental Operation Order No. 1 issued and attached.

Regiment moved out at 1100 joined rest of Brigade at Hadaniya and left at 1200 as Support. 10th Light Horse Regiment Advance Guard.

 

1917

Friday, August 24, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - El Shellal
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - At 0300 the Regiment moved across the Wadi Ghuzze and pushed out through Goz el Geleib.
Here “B” Squadron took over the advanced guard and “C” Squadron pushed out to the left until the line Point 730 exclusive, Point 630 to Point 550 and Point 510 was occupied by about 0700.
Touch was obtained with the 8th Light Horse Regiment on the right and a troop under Linacre, Lieutenant FJ, was sent to "Two Tree Farm" to obtain touch with the Divisional troops at Point 300. The Command Post was established about ½ mile west of point 630 and visual touch gained with Brigade headquarters. “B” Squadron found a Turkish Infantryman wandering about unarmed and from information obtained from the interpreter, it appeared he had been driven away by the Turks, possibly a cholera carrier.
At 0730 a special patrol moved out under Ragless, Captain BB to reconnoitre the El Girheir to Khirbit Imleih. An enemy patrol was encountered - holding the water at Bir el Ifteis - otherwise everything was clear. Throughout the day the enemy showed little movement.
At 1700 word was received from Brigade Headquarters to withdraw the forward screen and to be in readiness to withdraw to El Shellal. At 1730 two enemy aeroplanes flew over and dropped three bombs on the led horses - doing no damage however - the horses being well scattered.
At 1815 the Regiment withdrew keeping touch with the 8th Light Horse Regiment and concentrated at Goz el Geleib and returned to the bivouac of the previous night at El Shellal watering horses on the way in.

 

1918

Saturday, August 24, 1918

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Enab

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Andrews, Captain, evacuated sick to hospital.

Regiment marched out from Enab at 1930 and arrived at Latron at 1030.

 

1919

Sunday, August 24, 1919

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Adelaide

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Regiment disbanded.

 

 

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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, 24 August

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