Topic: Diary - Schramm
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, 2 December 1918
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 1 - 7 December 1918
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Bert Schramm's Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
Bert Schramm's Diary - Nothing doing. Heard today that we are not likely to embark for home before July.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Commanding Officer Lectured to each Squadron in succession for 3/4 hour on the AIF Educational, Entertainment and Demobilisation Scheme. The object of this scheme was to provide useful instruction and entertainment for all ranks prior to Demobilisation. It was realised early that the troops here in Syria were at a great disadvantage in comparison with the troops in France in carrying out the scheme in its entirety. Never the less it was decided to carry out a vigorous policy towards making the best use of material and facilities available. Charley, Major WT; Ragless, Captain BB; and, Shelley, Captain JE, were elected Regimental Representatives of this scheme. Ayliffe, Lieutenant SH, proceeded "OB Command" to 2nd Field Squadron AE.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.
Citation: Bert Schramm's Diary, 2 December 1918