Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
26 September 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.
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Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 23 - 27 September 1918
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Thursday, September 26, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Tiberias
Bert Schramm's Diary - Left Affule at 4.30 yesterday afternoon and came up through Nazareth and then on to Tiberias which was taken by our troops on the 25th. Tiberias is a small town on the western shore of the sea of Galilee and we are camping on the edge of the sea tonight.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Tiberias
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0500 Arrived at Tiberias after a hard nights marching of ten hours. The enemy had evacuated Tiberias and were reported to be retiring to Jordan south of Lake Huleh. Horses were fed but not off-saddled.
1000 Moved to El Mejdel on western shore of Sea of Galilee arriving at 1200. Horses were off-saddled and men and horses enjoyed a swim in the Sea of Galilee.
1315, A Squadron with 24 Other Ranks of B Squadron attached moved forward with orders to occupy Safed. This was accomplished at about 1700. In 24 hours this squadron had marched about 45 to 50 miles mostly on metalled roads. Many miles of this through hilly country of Galilee.
Horses and men stood the severe test admirably. The Jewish population of El Mejdel were overjoyed at our occupation and were surprised to learn that Haifa and Nazareth had been occupied by our troops. Slight shower of rain during the night. Burns, Lieutenant AG; and, Gibney, Lieutenant BE, evacuated to Field Ambulance. Burns, Lieutenant AG, returned to Regiment about 2000.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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