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Wednesday, 3 September 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, September 3
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 3 September

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

Thursday, September 3, 1914

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

 

1915

Friday, September 3, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Canterbury Slope

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Took over trenches on Rhododendron Hill from Colonel Young of the Auckland Infantry.

Strength 125 of 9th Light Horse Regiment and 175 of 5th Battalion Suffolks, total 300 all ranks.

The outer line of defence has a frontage of 420 yards exclusive of a new trench to be dug which will increase the frontage to 530 yards. These trenches face generally towards the south east. There is also an inner line of defence facing the north east. This line is to be held if the position at the Apex on the slope of Chunuk Bair is forced by the Turks.

The six machine guns of the Brigade are in position on the hill.

Lieutenant Ragless and 21 others are holding the position on Table Top as a detached part to the right rear of the Rhododendron Hill.

Water and rations have to be carried up the hill from the valley, also all the stores.

Two reliefs of 30 each digging new trench at night on the right of the position.

9th Light Horse Regiment Routine Order No. 3

Para 132. Bathing. It is forbidden to bathe on the beach during daylight between the jetty north west of No. 3 Post and the barricade at foot of Walker's Ridge.

Para 139. It is notified for information that from a source at present unconfirmed the enemy intends to make a general attack about 5 September 1915. All ranks are to be warned accordingly, put on alert and dispositions made to strength in position as soon as possible.

11. New Position. A portion of the Regiment comprising:

a. Part of Headquarters Staff;

b. D Squadron; and,

c. Also 2 Officers and 174 Other Ranks of the Suffolk Infantry Regiment of the 54th Division.

All under my command took over the position on the Canterbury Slopes today.

12. Posts. The following posts have been established: No's 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the main fire trench round the south west and south sides of the position. A No. 5 Post mainly for lookout is established at the north east side of the position. Also F and G Posts at the extreme east of the position. All the Auckland troops have been withdrawn except at Posts F and G where our men will dovetail in with them for a few days.

13. Patrols. OC No. 1 Post will furnish the following patrols nightly:

a. Detached post of 1 sergeant and 3 Other Ranks to go out at 2000 and return at 2000 tomorrow. 24 hours rations and water will be carried.

b. No 2 Patrol and No 3 Patrol each of 1 Corporal and 3 men to patrol the valley in front of the position. Tour of duty from 2000 to 0400. Guides will be furnished to take patrols to their positions. All parties will report to Regimental Headquarters at 1930 to receive password.

15. Diggers. OC Suffolk Infantry will detail two reliefs of 30 men each for tonight's work. The 1st party to parade at 1930 and the relief at 2330. Fall in trench rear Regimental Headquarters.

16. Lookout Post No. 5. OC Suffolks will furnish 5 men and 1 NCO as a lookout at No 5 Post daily.

 

1916

Sunday, September 3, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Hod Nabit
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Carrying out Routine Work.

On alternate days, one Squadron takes over line of Outposts running from Bayed to Bada and thus connecting with the Imperial Camel Corps on right and New Zealand Mounted Rifles on left.

 

1917

Monday, September 3, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Abasan el Kebir
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - The Regiment, forming part of the Brigade, carried out a tactical scheme under General Officer in Command in the vicinity of El Gubba.
Brigade AIF Canteen opened.

 

1918

Tuesday, September 3, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ludd area
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Two Other Ranks left on Egyptian Leave.
Training and routine as per syllabus.
An epidemic of influenza was now prevalent in the Regiment. Sixteen Other Ranks were admitted to hospital and about 40 were classified as unfit for duty. The health of the Regiment after the long period in the Jordan Valley was by no means good and men in debilitated condition were unable to resist this influenza infection. The Regimental Medical Officer and staff had a particularly strenuous time attending to the abnormal number of sick.
During the morning training interval Turner, Captain Chaplain RC, lectured to Regiment on the Ethical Aspect of Venereal Disease.

 

1919

Wednesday, September 3, 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, 3 September

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