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Tuesday, 15 April 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 15 April
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 15 April

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

Wednesday, April 15, 1914

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

 

1915

Thursday, April 15, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mena Camp, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  No entry.

Carew Reynell Diary - No entry.

 

1916

Saturday, April 15, 1916

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Serapeum, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No entry.

 

1917

Sunday, April 15, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Deir el Belah
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Church Parade.
Regiment ordered to be in readiness to move out under hostile conditions.
 

1918

Monday, April 15, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Selmieh
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Mounted training.
Message received from Corps Commander congratulating Parsons, Major HM, upon being awarded the DSO.

 

1919

Tuesday, April 15, 1919

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Zagazig

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - One mounted troop patrolled El Khis - Amrit reporting all quiet and the natives were friendly.

Tod, Second Lieutenant PA, returned from Moascar.

Buchanan, Captain; and, Falconer, Captain, Indian Army, attached to this Regiment for Military Court Duty marched out to Kantara.

 


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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, 15 April

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:37 AM EADT
Monday, 14 April 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 14 April
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 14 April

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

Tuesday, April 14, 1914

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

 

1915

Wednesday, April 14, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mena Camp, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  No entry.

Carew Reynell Diary - No entry.

 

1916

Friday, April 14, 1916

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Serapeum, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No entry.

 

1917

Saturday, April 14, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Deir el Belah
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Duty Regiment.
Daly, Major TJ, and one officer per Squadron on reconnaissance to Tel el Jemmi with Dangar, Brigade Major. General Officer in Command Brigade inspected the camp at 1100.
Barker, 75 Sergeant AS; Mitchell, 360 Sergeant TCC; and, Smith, 528 Sergeant RT, promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
 

1918

Sunday, April 14, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Selmieh
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Church Parade.
Information received that forthcoming operations has been unexpectedly postponed.
Syllabus of training issued.

 

1919

Monday, April 14, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Zagazig
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - One rifle stolen by natives from No 8 Post, Belbeis line, was recovered a few hours later and thief arrested.

 


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Sources:

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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, 14 April

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:38 AM EADT
Sunday, 13 April 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 13 April
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 13 April

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, April 13, 1914

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

 

1915

Tuesday, April 13, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mena Camp, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  No entry.

Carew Reynell Diary - No entry.

 

1916

Thursday, April 13, 1916

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Serapeum, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No entry.

 

Jifjafa

The Jifjafa column reached point 1340, about eight miles from the enemy camp, at 0230 hours and bivouacked until 0530 hours. Here the Bikanir Camel Corps, Wireless Section and Transport were left under the command of Capt Ragless. The column marched on until it reached Hill 1082 and halted there at 0730 hours, and awaited a message from a reconnaissance aeroplane to be dropped. At 0800 hours the message "All was clear" was dropped and it was decided to launch the attack on the enemies position at Jifjafa from this point.
Major Scott with the attacking force to the south of Hill 1082, out of view of the Turkish position at Bir el Jifjafa, observed the enemy camp with field glasses to assess the best means to launch the attack. He had been informed by the pilot of the reconnaissance aircraft that the Turks retired to the hills when the aeroplanes flew over and returned to the camp only after the planes had passed on.
One troop under the command of Lt J. M. McDonald, 9th LHR was despatched to gallop out for about a mile west around the enemy's position and occupy a ridge north-west of the Turkish camp. Another troop under the command of Lt W. S. Pender, 9th LHR was sent out north-east, past the southern part of the enemy's works, then turn and take up a position at the northern rear of the camp.

 

1917

Friday, April 13, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Deir el Belah
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - The Regiment undertook routine work for the day.
 

1918

Saturday, April 13, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Selmieh
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Commanding Officer inspection at 1400.
Two Officers and 180 men proceeded to Corps hot baths Jaffa.

 

1919

Sunday, April 13, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Zagazig
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Voluntary church services.
One mounted troop patrolled El Aslugi - Shubra el Nakhla reporting all quiet.

 


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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, 13 April

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:38 AM EADT
Saturday, 12 April 2008
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 12 April
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 12 April

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

Sunday, April 12, 1914

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

 

1915

Monday, April 12, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mena Camp, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  No entry.

Carew Reynell Diary - No entry.

 

1916

Wednesday, April 12, 1916

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Serapeum, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No entry.

 

Jifjafa

The Jifjafa column struck camp and moved off from the bivouac at 0730 hours and proceeded up the Wadi Muksheib, passing the sight of the 8th LHR reconnaissance bivouac occupied on the 22nd March at 0820 hours.
The column continued on until it reached the well situated in the bend of the Wadi about three quarters of a miles east of where the Wadi Muksheib turns south towards Moiya-Harab, which had previously been reconnoitered by the 8th. Here the column bivouacked at 1120 hours.
The Camel Transport, under escort from the Bikanir Camel Corps, which had left the first bivouac at the same time as the column, arrived at this camp at 1320 hours. From about one and a quarter miles east of this bivouac reconnoitring patrols were sent out north and south in a bid to see if any sign of Bedouin camps could be found.
These camps had been reported by a British aeroplane at 0716 hours to be near Moiya-Harab, but apart from sighting fresh human and camel tracks, no camps were found. During the morning three Bedouins and a camel were captured and brought into camp. Further patrols were sent out to reconnoitre for water.
Later in the afternoon the column again prepared to move on to point 1340 (Square 3B Little Bitter Lake Sheet, Sinai Peninsula Map), leaving one officer, Lt Nelson, and 16 other ranks of the 9th Light Horse Squadron, plus 4 Light Horsemen Camel drivers, at the Well to guard the portion of the Camel Transport not needed for this next stage of the journey.
The column continued N.N.E. up a branch of the Wadi Muksheib for about a mile and a half until they reached the high ground of the desert and keeping the hills in sight continued the march for point 1340 during the night. The passage up the Wadi was found to be very rough and impassable to wheeled vehicles, but once up on the desert floor the surface was sound and good progress was made.

 

1917

Thursday, April 12, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Deir el Belah
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Working party of 45 men per Squadron under Parsons, Major HM, beginning at 0630 and continuing with work on cisterns.
 

1918

Friday, April 12, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Selmieh
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Mounted training. Commanding Officer proceeded by motor car on reconnaissance to El Mughar.
Daly, Major TJ; and, Luxmoore, Captain EM, on reconnaissance to Mejdel Yaba.
Nelson, Captain AH, to Deir el Belah for remounts.

 

1919

Saturday, April 12, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Zagazig
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 2000, twelve Other Ranks proceeded to reinforce station guard as rumours of impending trouble received.
Clark, Captain HP, reported as Regimental Medical Officer.

 


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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, 12 April

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:39 AM EADT
Friday, 11 April 2008
The Jifjafa Raid, Sinai, April 10 to 14, 1916, Operation Order No. 6
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHB

The Jifjafa Raid

Sinai, 10 - 14 April 1916

 Operation Order No. 6

 

Operation Order No. 6 by Brigadier General JM Antill, CB, GOC, 3rd ALH Brigade

 

The transcription:

 

Secret

Third Light Horse Brigade

Operation Order No. 6

By Brigadier General JM Antill, CB, GOC, 3rd ALH Brigade

1. Information and Intention

To verify the reports of Agents and Air Service as to the existence of a small Turkish Post at Jifjafa (not exceeding 40 men, including workmen.)

To destroy at least two wells over which gyns have been erected, and if possible capture the Post.

A telephone line has been observed which apparently stops about 1 mile north east of the main post.

To report further upon:-

(a) Water in vicinity of country traversed.

(b) Works and defences if any.

(c) Further information of military value.

(d) Effect capture if possible of enemy personnel or inhabitants.

2. Detail of Troops

Commanding Officer - WH Scott, 9th Light Horse

Staff Officer, Captain AE Wearne, 8th Light Horse

(1) One Squadron of 117 all ranks of 9th Light Horse and 5 spare horses. (1 Officer and 12 Other Ranks - 8th Light Horse.)

(2) 24 Bikanir Camel Corps and 1 Interpreter, for escort duty and despatch riding.

(3) Detachment of Engineers, for demolition and water duties.

(4) WT Wireless Pack Detachment(to be provided by General Headquarters as a self contained unit, carrying 5 days water and supplies.)

(5) Detachment Royal Flying Corps for communication with Air-Craft. This detachment will require 2 horses, 2 riding camels and 2 pack camels, to be supplied by Officer Commanding 10th Light Horse, and Camel Transport Corps respectively.

(6) Officer Commanding 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance will detail one Medical Officer and Orderly to accompany the Column. 5 Camels equipped with sitting up cacolets will accompany this unit, also 2 sand carts furnished complete by Assistant Director of Medical Services 4th Infantry Division (less 8 horses and 2 Drivers furnished by 3rd Light Horse Brigade).

(7) Officer Commanding 9th Light Horse will detail a Machine Gun Detachment of 1 Officer and 4 Other Ranks as part of the command, but to be included in the above numbers. (Pack Equipment for carrying the Gun is being arranged for.)

(8) Captain Macaulay (GSO 3, 2nd Anzac) will accompany the Column as Intelligence Officer and Arabic Interpreter.

3. Camel Transport.

Officer Commanding Camel Transport Corps will provide:-

Camels to carry food, forage, and water for the whole of the Column (less Wireless Detachment). The numbers required for this detail are being communicated direct to the Officer Commanding Camel Transport.

4. Starting Points

Road head east of Railhead for Fighting Troops, No's 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8.

Supply Depot at Railhead for Camel Transport and other Details No. 2, 4, and 5. (Times hereafter.)

5. Movement of Troops

1st Day, 11 April 1916

Column will assemble at Starting Point at 1345, leaving at 1400 to reach the Bivouac occupied by Reconnaissance Party of 21 March 1916 situation in the Wadi um Muksheib, some 6-8 miles from Moiya Harab at 0200 12 March 1916. There is will rest until 0800.

At the above point the Camel Transport should be in waiting.

2nd Day, 12 April 1916

Leave Bivouac at 0800 and proceed to the water at Moiya Harab or north east of that place, where it will rest until 1400, when the Column will continue its march to Point 1340 north east of Moiya Harab and bivouac for the night

3rd Day, 13 April 1916

From Point 1340 the objects of the Reconnaissance will be carried out, returning to Point 1340 on completion - Bivouac, and if the circumstances permit, remain until early morning, thence to water by 0700.

4th Day, 14 April 1916

Feed and water at cistern, and continue march to Bivouac of 11 April 1916, arriving about noon, rest until evening, and continue return march.

5th Day, 15 April 1916

Arrive at Starting Point early hours of 15 April 1916.

6. Movement of Camel Transport

With an escort of 20 Bikanir Camel Corps and Interpreter, the Camel Train will leave the Starting Point at 1400 on 10 April 1916, and following a Programme compiled by Officer Commanding Camel Transport reach the Bivouac mentioned in Paragraph 5. 1st Day at 0200 on 12 April 1916.

From here it will move under orders of Officer Commanding Column, and in conjunction with the same.

It will accompany the Column as far as Point 1340 (less Camels it has dropped at Posts formed). As soon as possible after the return of the Reconnaissance to Point 1340 all Camels will be started on return march and every effort made to move them out of danger zone.

Note:-

The above itinerary (once on the move) is subject to circumstances.

7. Ammunition

200 rounds Small Arms Ammunition per man will be carried, and 5 boxes for the Machine Gun.

8. Supplies and Water

Officer Commanding Supply Depot will arrange for the following:-

(1) Rations and forage for Men, Horses, Natives and Camels, for 5 (five) days.

(2) Water for European personnel for the whole period, one day's water for Natives and Horses at 5 gallons. Native personnel, horses and camels, will depend on water supply at Moiya Harab after the first day.

(3) One emergency ration will be carried by all ranks, which is not to be used without order from Officer Commanding Column.

(4) Water Bottles will be filled.

(5) One feed will be carried on the horse.

9. Tools, etc.

10 Shovels and one Bale Sand Bags will be carried on Camel Transport, to be supplied by Royal Engineers.

A Rotary pump, 20 feet hosing, and 40 feet canvas troughing will be taken. To be supplied by Commanding Officer, Royal Engineers.

10. Dress

Marching Order - one empty sand bag will be carried in lieu of picket bag.

11. Communications

By Wireless and 3 Signallers carrying Helios, Lamp and Flags.

(The above 3 men will be included in the 130 all ranks.)

A Post will be arranged for, and to be situated on the front line to communicate with the Column on its return. Brigade Headquarters to be advised as soon as in touch.

12. Aeroplanes

Co-operation by Aeroplane is being arranged for.

13. Reports

Officer Commanding Column will report to Headquarters by Wireless as opportunity offers, his movements, result of enterprise, and time of return start.

Signed CC Dangar, Captain

Brigade Major, 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade.

 

Further Reading:

Reconnaissance to Muksheib by Captain Wearne

The Jifjafa Raid, Sinai, April 10 to 14

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Jifjafa Raid, Sinai, April 10 to 14, 1916, Operation Order No. 6

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 29 November 2009 8:51 AM EAST

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