"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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Bert Schramm's Diary, 16 April 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, 16 April 1919
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 16 - 18 April 1919
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Wednesday, April 16, 1919
Bert Schramm's Location - Zagazig, Egypt.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Had a trip out to Mit Ghamr today about 25 miles out. Things are quiet. A semi official rumour floating around that we are to sail early next month and I hope to goodness it is true.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Two rifles were stolen from 3rd Machine Gun Squadron tent Zagazig station guard during the night 15/16 April 1919. One prisoner arrested for assaulting 3rd Machine Gun Squadron man at station guard.
Stephen, Lieutenant HH, returned from hospital.
Numbers 6, 8 and 11 Posts, Belbeis Line, proceeded by motor lorry at 1300 today and took over garrison of Belbeis railway station together with two Lewis Guns and teams [British Units]. No. 1 Post, Belbeis line, moved to No 4 Signal Cabin, Zagazig railway station yard. Strength increased to one officer and 24 Other Ranks.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.
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