Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
27 October 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, 27 - 31 October 1918
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Sunday, October 27, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Kaukab
Bert Schramm's Diary - Things are still quiet. Rumours of Turkey suing for peace and the news from France is exceptionally good etc. But Toby invalided. We moved from camp at 9.30 this morning and tonight we are camped around a small village called Harista about four miles north of Damascus on the Aleppo Road. Confirmed officially that Aleppo had been occupied by our troops on 24th inst. Aleppo is nearly two hundred miles from Damascus.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Kaukab
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0945 The Regiment moved out on first stage to Homs, joined remainder of Brigade and proceeded by main road through Damascus to Jobar arriving at 1540 and bivouacked for night. Twenty one Other Ranks and 70 spare horses were left at Divisional Depot Damascus to collect reinforcements. Charley, Major WT, left as Officer in Command Divisional Depot.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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