Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
23 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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Monday, September 23, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - El Affule
Bert Schramm's Diary - Camped near Affule last night within a few miles of Nazareth. More prisoners and more material coming in. Our troops were to attack Haifa this morning.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - El Affule
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0100 Regiment moved to El Affule aerodrome and bivouacked. Town guards, picquets and prisoner's escorts were supplied by Regiment. 0730 Moved into bivouac site in Sq O97 J23. Bleechmore, Major C, with 70 men from Regiment watered and escorted to Prisoner of War compound 4,000 prisoners.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary
Dispositions remained unchanged. Two Squadrons of the 10th Light Horse Regiment were employed in escorting 4,000 prisoners taken by 4th Cavalry Division from Shutta to El Affule, where 9th Light Horse Regiment provided guards for them. The 10th Light Horse Regiment pushed a patrol out beyond Tumrah and Tel Abu el Taiyibeh, but found no signs of the enemy. The 8th Light Horse Regiment and four machine guns at Nazareth were disposed so as to cover the Tiberias and Acre roads, and found the necessary picquets and guards in the town to protect the captured material and maintain order. A patrol from this regiment to Kefr Kenna reported all clear, but refugees stated enemy were in strength at Tiberias.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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