Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
9 November 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, 5 - 9 November 1918
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Saturday, November 9, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
Bert Schramm's Diary - Moved on again this morning travelling close to the coast all the way to Tripoli which is a fairly decent little town and there is also a landing place there and our boats are unloading supplies. We then travelled about four miles south east of the town and are camping in the hills amongst the olive groves and we believe we are here for the winter. The country looks very pretty around here. Very hilly but most of the hills are covered with olives. No official war news though but plenty of rumours.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0700 Moved to Nahr Berid where the Regiment watered then moved to Sheikh Bedawi and halted 11/2 hours.
1200 The march was resumed through northern edge of Tripoli to Mejdelaya arriving at 1415 where a bivouac site was selected in the olive groves. Freebairn, Lieutenant DT, rejoined the Regiment.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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