Topic: Diary - Schramm
During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, 2823 Private Herbert Leslie Schramm, a farmer from White's River, near Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsular, 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 1918 breakout 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.
Bert Schramm's Diary, 6 December 1918
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 1 - 7 December 1918
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Bert Schramm's Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
Bert Schramm's Diary - Rained like the devil all last night and hasn't stopped all day and looks as if it will rain all month. Everyone is more or less well. Very heavy fall of snow up in the hills.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Hahn, Lieutenant HJ; Kildea, Lieutenant FJ; and, eleven Other Ranks proceeded on three days leave to Besherri in the Lebanon mountains. Mueller, Lieutenant GLH, evacuated to hospital. Heavy rain all day, which soon made the camping area very boggy and unpleasant, the soil being heavy red loam. In this bivouac breast lines were once again brought into use.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.
Citation: Bert Schramm's Diary, 6 December 1918