Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
6 June 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, 4 - 9 June 1918
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Thursday, June 6, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Went into the trenches again last night but again have had a fairly quiet day. We are having a rough time working about twenty hours a day. Haven't had a decent night's sleep in the last month.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Wastell, Lieutenant MF, with C Squadron patrol occupied Tel el Truny without opposition but shortly after was fired on from a party of enemy occupying Tel el Rishem.
1000 Patrol of eight Turks moved from Tel el Rishem towards Tel el Truny but were driven back buy a small patrol in charge of Wuchatsch, 504 Sergeant BG, sent out from the main Truny patrol. Situation on remainder of front very quiet. Slight enemy movement observed around Tel el Truny.
1400 Taking advantage of favourable wind Wastell, Lieutenant MF, burnt the dry scrub and grass in the vicinity of Tel el Truny. The fire progressed well up the Wadi Auja into enemy territory, dislodging an enemy patrol of eight who were lying concealed 1/2 mile north east of Tel el Truny.
1600 The wind suddenly changed causing a large area in rear of patrols observation posts to take fire. The whole patrol was forced to withdraw to Wick Post. The fire burnt itself out about 2200, after having cleared a big area of what had previously been difficult country for our patrols to watch.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry.
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