"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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The following is a contemporaneous account of the battle at Merivale Street taken from the pages of the Brisbane Courier. The text from the scan is of poor quality and thus cannot be readily transcribed into text but it is legible enough to allow the contents to be satisfactorily read.
The Battle of Merivale Street, Queensland, from the account published in the Brisbane Courier, 25 March 1919.
[From: Brisbane Courier, 25 March 1919, p. 7, Bolshivism.]
Query Club, 20 January 1915 Topic: Gen - Query Club
The Query Club
20 January 1915
The large scale of the Great War often gave people a sense of alienation from the activities of the government and the army. To overcome this, newspapers of the day commenced columns called Query Club or similar names, where ordinary people could clarify their understanding of the complex processes. They also provide us, the historians, an insight into witnessing first hand, the responses of the various bodies to public concerns. The end product is a window into a society now almost out of living memory.
This is the Query Club from the Sydney Mail, 20 January 1915, p. 30.
"Brooklet" asks what the imperial Government is doing for the relief of incapacitated soldiers and sailors and their dependents.
Parliament has passed a new scheme of allowances and pensions on a much more generous scale than that previously in force. Totally disabled men will now receive a minimum of 14s a week if unmarried, and 21s 6d a week if married, with a possible maximum of 28s a week. The separation allowances to soldiers' wives are:- If without children, 9s a week; with one child, 11s 6d; two children, 14s; three children, 16s 6d; and four children, 18s 6d. Wives of soldiers who are killed will, receive a minimum of 7s 6d a week; with one child, 12s 6d; two children, 15s; three children, 17s 6d; and four children, 20s. Many of these allowances will be otherwise enhanced. A widow who marries will receive a minimum gratuity of £39 in lieu of pension, and the allowance for motherless children is 5s a week for each child up to three, and 4s for each additional child. These are only a few of the cases that come under the new scheme, they indicate the general basis on which relief will be afforded.
"Ballina" asks what has come of the balance of the Bulli Disaster, the South African War, and other patriotic funds collected in New South Wales.
The balances are all held by the State Treasurer under the National Relief Fund Act, passed last year. The object of this Act is to give the State power to transfer to its charge all unexpended balances in banks or elsewhere of money collected by the public for the relief of distress now not directly existent. Over £13,200 was collected for the Bulli Disaster Fund, about £9000 of which was paid to widows and dependents of the men who were disabled or lost their lives. The South African War Fund or New South Wales Patriotic Fund, as it was generally termed, totalled £52,468. Of this £37,189 was disbursed to June 30 last, so that the balance, in addition to interest earned (£11,949), taken over by the Government totalled over £25,000. What exactly the Government intends to do with the money it now has in hand, apart from paying existing beneficiaries, we do not know. Patriotic funds are never divided up in a wholesale way among the dependents; the unwisdom of such a policy is apparent. The money to usually handed over to honorary trustees, whose duty it is to invest or apportion it in the best interests of those for whose benefit it is collected.
Bert Schramm's Diary, 26 March 1919 Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
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, 26 March 1919
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 26 - 30 March 1919
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Wednesday, March 26, 1919
Bert Schramm's Location - Zagazig, Egypt.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Nothing much doing but we are kept pretty busy the 14th Regiment came through from Belbeis today. Several villages have been burnt as reprisals.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 2100 Kildea, Lieutenant FJ, four Other Ranks patrolled streets of Zagazig.
Mounted squadron ordered out and proceeded to railway station Zagazig.
A large fire was observed in the vicinity of railway station. A few minutes later, orders were received for mounted squadron to proceed to railway station Zagazig. All other available men were ordered to stand to. The main railway station building Zagazig was ablaze.
Scott, Lieutenant Colonel WH, proceeded by motor to the station and assumed command. Gangs were soon at work subduing the fire and at about 2300 had extinguished the fire. Half of the main building was destroyed. Cause of the fire unknown.
Divisional escort troops returned.
Luxmoore, Captain EM, with two mounted troops returned from reconnaissance of Simbillawein.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.
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