Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
9 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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Sunday, June 9, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Sun. Things much as usual, nothing worth recording. Any amount of work with little sleep.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Twenty two reinforcements marched in from Ausdiv Reinforcement Camp, Jericho. The excessive heat and atmosphere of the Jordan Valley was now being keenly felt by men and horses. For several days the thermometer ranged from 100 to 121 in the shade of a double bell tent. Flies and the thick dust added greatly to the discomfort of all. Water was plentiful for both man and horse there being an unlimited supply at Ain Ed Duk. C Squadron holding the front line had their drinking water sent up three miles from Regimental Headquarters in fantasses by limbers in the proportion of 11/4 gallons per man.
0730 Voluntary church Service.
Tel el Truny patrol after occupying that place sent out a section with Heywood, 423 Lance Corporal CS, in charge. This Non Commissioned Officer by skilful manoeuvring of his patrol reconnoitred up to within 400 yards of the crest of Tel el Museterah. The Turks were holding the crest but did not fire evidently waiting for our patrol to come right up to them. After making a useful reconnaissance this patrol by a skilful manoeuvre parallel to the enemy, withdrew safely.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry.
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