Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
9th LHR, AIF
War Diary, 21 September
Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour
Regimental March - Marching Through Georgia
Monday, September 21, 1914
See 4th Military District, South Australia for militia activities.
Tuesday, September 21, 1915
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Rhododendron Hill
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No Entry.
Thursday, September 21, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Hod Amara
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Routine work. Usual outposts, escorts, etc.
Friday, September 21, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Um Urgan
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Stood to arms 0430.
McFarlane, Lieutenant H, attached to Divisional Headquarters from Brigade Headquarters.
Farmer, Lieutenant MO; and, one Other Rank left on special Cairo leave.
Saturday, September 21, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Jenin
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - At 0100, “A” Squadron moved out to assist 10th Light Horse Regiment in collecting prisoners who were surrendering in large numbers. By daylight about 7,000 prisoners had been taken by the Brigade. At 0500, the Regiment, less “A” Squadron, moved and occupied aerodrome west of Jenin near the railway station. Here “A” Squadron rejoined the Regiment. A and “B” Squadron were sent into the town to clear the town of stragglers, about 300 more prisoners being sent to compound on railway. An enormous quantity of war material was captured. Most of the aeroplanes had been destroyed but one was left intact on the aerodrome north east of the town. The streets in the town of Jenin were blocked with abandoned transport and stores and the contents littered around. Much looting had been done by the inhabitants and later in the day became so serious that orders were issued that after warning all those caught looting were to be shot.
An enemy gun was located by Cozens, 396 Armourer Sergeant EL, near railway station, a 10.4 centimetre gun with the markings M15 KAN No 342.
About 120 cases of German Champagne was found by “B” Squadron patrol near railway station and a guard was placed thereon. Some of this champagne was later distributed to the troops.
At 1100 the regiment moved to just north of the orchards outside village and bivouacked. Town guards and patrols were supplied.
Prisoners were still coming in. Cozens, 396 Armourer Sergeant EL, spent a busy morning collecting suitable articles for Australian War Trophies Museum.
Nelson, Captain AH, detailed to carry out duties of Military Governor, Jenin. Many of the Turkish and German officer prisoners admitted being taken completely by surprise at our unexpected appearance across the northern exits of Jenin stating that they thought we must have landed at Haifa, never believing it possible that we could have moved up the coast so rapidly.
1900 The Regiment [less town guards and picquets] with 3rd Machine Gun Squadron moved to one mile north of Jenin and bivouacked the night.
Total prisoners taken by Brigade during the past 24 hours was reported to be 8,000.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary - [Wilson, Brigadier General LC, captures a field gun.] At dawn while looking around the outskirts of the town in the neighbourhood of the railway station, the Brigadier, Aide De Camp, and Orderly came upon a batch of 40 Turkish soldiers and a 10 cm gun. The former were waiting quietly to be collected. This was duly done by a few men from the 9th Light Horse Regiment who were sent for.
At 0700 the 8th Light Horse Regiment arrived and took charge of the prisoners escorting them back to El Lejjun. Guards were posted on captured material and patrols sent out to stop looting by the Arabs. The streets of Jenin were blocked with abandoned transport, and their loads and stores were littered about. Much looting had been done by the inhabitants. The 10th Light Horse Regiment remained on observation of the approaches to the town from the south, south east and south west. The Turkish and German hospitals were full with sick and wounded. Guards were posted here and the cases fit to travel evacuated by lorry. A number of motor vehicles had been captured and these proved useful for collecting material and sick and wounded prisoners. Orders were issued for the 10th Light Horse Regiment to send down one squadron via Beit Kad, to reconnoitre country towards Beisan, and capture small parties of enemy reported to be in that area, and for the 9th Light Horse Regiment to send one troop south along the Nablus road to gain touch with the 5th Light Horse Brigade. During the day a number of enemy straggles were rounded up and brought in. A and Bi echelon marched in.
Sunday, September 21, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Adelaide
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Regiment disbanded.
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