Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
15 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, 10 - 16 June 1918
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Saturday, June 15, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley
Bert Schramm's Diary - Day post again today. Believe we are being relieved tomorrow.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ain Ed Duk, Jordan Valley
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Preparations being made for handing over to Wellington Mounted Rifles who were to take over defence of No. 4 Sub Sector from the Regiment. Patrol to Tel el Truny after a good deal of opposition occupied that place about 1000 but were shelled off it again.
Our artillery replied and the enemy shelling ceased when a small observation post was again placed on Tel el Truny with remainder of patrol in close support. One deserter surrendered to Wart Post.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary -
10th Light Horse Regiment was ordered to El Ghoraniyeh bridgehead on 15th June 1918 to remain in support in connection with minor operations being carried out in that sector, and New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade relieved the 3rd Light Horse Brigade as garrison to No. 4 sub - sector.
The 3rd Light Horse Brigade moved to Wadi Kelt, to be prepared to move to El Ghoraniyeh Bridge at 15 minutes warning.
On completion of these operations on night of 17th June 1918, the Brigade left the Jordan Valley and its dust and headed for Talaat ed Dumm en route to Solomon's Pools, where a rest in the cool hills was enjoyed until 10th July 1918.
The severe climate conditions of the valley had raised the percentage of sick of the Brigade very much. Numbers had already been evacuated with malaria.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry.
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Citation: Diaries of AIF Servicemen, Bert Schramm, 15 June 1918