Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS
The Battle of Rafa
Sinai, 9 January 1917
3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron War Diary Account
3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account
The following is a transcription of the 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account detailing their role at the Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917.
Masaid 8 January 1917
1100 Moved on Sheikh Zowaiid.
Rafa 9 January 1917
0100 Marched on Rafa
0600 Arrived. Held in reserve till 1100.
1100 Moved into the attack under our own Squadron Leader with three Sections in the firing line and three in reserve.
1200 Three reserve Sections were thrown in to support the attack, which they did with overhead and direct fire.
1600 Six Sections supported retirement of another Brigade (1st Australian Light Horse Brigade) on our right by remaining where they were and bringing heavy fire to bear on the enemies trenches.
1700 Enemy position was captured. We then started to reorganise and found we had two men killed and nine wounded. Our casualties in horses were three killed, thirteen wounded and five missing.
2200 Marched on Sheikh Zowaiid.
Masaid 10 January 1919
0130 Arrived. (Sheikh Zowaiid) Here horses were watered.
0700 Marched on Hod el Masaid, watering horses en route at Wadi El Arish.
1600 Arrived, Masaid.
All War Diaries cited on this site should be read in conjunction with the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, AIF War Diaries of the Great War, Site Transcription Policy which may be accessed at: