"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess
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Thursday, 26 June 2008
Military Order 57, 1908 Topic: Militia - Military Orders
Infantry Regiments renamed Infantry Battalions
This MO is a defining moment in Australian military language. Prior to this date, infantry formations were known as Regiments but now were to be called Battalions. In contrast, mounted formations still retained the name Regiment and thus was distinguised from the infantry. This situation was reflected in the AIF when infantry retained the term Battalion and mounted formations were called Regiments. Citation: Military Order 57, 1908
3rd Echelon Duty Chart, 22 August 1917 Topic: AIF - HQ - 3rd Echelon
For the benefit of the staff employed at 3rd Echelon, a chart detailing all specific duties and areas was drawn up and circulated on 22 August 1917.
Diaries of AIF Servicemen, Bert Schramm, 26 June 1918 Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
26 June 1918
2823 Private Herbert Leslie SCHRAMM, a 22 year old Farmer from Whites River, South Australia. He enlisted on 17 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.
During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, Bert Schramm kept a diary of his life. Bert was not a man of letters so this diary was produced with great effort on his behalf. Bert made a promise to his sweetheart, Lucy Solley, that he would do so after he received the blank pocket notebook wherein these entries are found. As a Brigade Scout since September 1918, he took a lead part in the September Offensive by the Allied forces in Palestine. Bert's diary entries are placed alongside those of the 9th Light Horse Regiment to which he belonged and to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade to which the 9th LHR was attached. On this basis we can follow Bert in the context of his formation.
The complete diary is now available on the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre Site at:
Nominal Roll, AWM133, Nominal Roll of Australian Imperial Force who left Australia for service abroad, 1914-1918 War.
War Diaries and Letters
All War Diaries and letters cited on this site should be read in conjunction with the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, War Diaries and Letters, Site Transcription Policy which may be accessed at:
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.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Routine training and patrol work.
Tuesday, June 26, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - El Shellal
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - The Regiment undertook routine work for the day.
Brigade Operation Order received. Intentions - to throw a protective screen around three aeroplanes that had made forced landings. 8th and 9th Light Horse Regiments and three troops of the 3rd Machine Gun Squadron were ordered to move out at 0330 under Maygar, Lieutenant Colonel LC, VC DSO.
Duties transferred from 3rd Echelon to the AIF Topic: AIF - HQ - 3rd Echelon After the move of 3rd Echelon Offices from Alexandria to Cairo, some of their duties were also hived off to AIF Headquarters in Cairo. The following schedule lists the duties to be transferred.
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