"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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Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Three Cadets from Royal Military College Topic: AIF - Misc Topics
On 27 June 1911, Governor-General Lord Dudley officially opened the Royal Military College at Duntroon thus becoming the first Commonwealth facility within the Australian Capital Territory. The first intake of students followed. When the Great War erupted, many of the students were given compressed courses to ensure rapid graduation, thus many graduated in 18 months rather than the required two years. During the Great War, some 158 cadets graduated to become officers within the AIF. From this group, 42 were killed in action and a further 58 were wounded in action. It was safer to be an infantry man in the trenches at the Somme than a RMC Graduate.
In recognition of this sacrifice, below is a picture of three anonymous cadets from RMC. The picture was on the face of an unused post card print and so the identity of the men remains unknown unless someone who has a file of named photographs of RMC graduates can make that identification. Otherwise their names are lost forever.
Three Cadets from Royal Military College, Duntroon
On their collars and hats one can clearly see the RMC emblem. The man sitting down appears to have had greater service than the two men standing behind him. This picture clearly demonstrates the type of uniform worn by the men who attened RMC Duntroon during the Great War.
Diaries of AIF Servicemen, Bert Schramm, 15 July 1918 Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
15 July 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.
This is a post war photograph of 865 Sgt Percy Charles POINTON illustrated by his campaign ribbons on his chest. He also has the bronze Anzac "A" on the colour patches on his shoulder. This was given to all Gallipoli veterans in December 1917. He is also wearing the unofficial 11th Light Horse Regiment badges on his eppalutes.
Regimental number 865 Religion Church of England Occupation Station manager Address Langside Road, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland Marital status Single Age at embarkation 26 Next of kin Father, Abel Pointon, Langside Road, Hamilton, Brisbane, Queensland Enlistment date 27 March 1915 Rank on enlistment Private Unit name 11th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement TOS 5th Light Horse Regiment D Squadron 3 October 1915 TOS 11th Light Horse Regiment B Squadron 22 February 1916 GSW to the head during the action at Abu Tellul, Jordan Valley, 14 July 1918 AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/16/2 Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915 Rank from Nominal Roll Sergeant Unit from Nominal Roll 11th Light Horse Regiment Fate Returned to Australia 23 July 1919
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