Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
10 August 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, 2 - 10 August 1918
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Saturday, August 10, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Madhbeh, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - We moved to a different part of the line tonight further to right Musallabeh, Turkish post.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Madhbeh, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Sentences of the following promulgated. Lindsay, 439 Shoeing Smith Corporal [temporary Farrier Sergeant] B, 9th Light Horse Regiment who was charged with: "When on Active Service, absenting himself without leave." The Court found the accused "Guilty" and sentenced him to revert to substantive rank of Shoeing Smith Corporal. Waldon, 827 Lance Corporal [Temporary Corporal] JW, 9th Light Horse Regiment who was charged with: "When on Active Service, absenting himself without leave." The Court found the accused "Guilty" and sentenced him to Temporary rank of Corporal. Virgo, 916 Sergeant [Temporary Staff Sergeant Major] RA, 9th Light Horse Regiment who was charged with: "When on Active Service, absenting himself without leave." The Court found the accused "Guilty" and sentenced him to revert to the substantive rank of Sergeant.
General Officer in Command Brigade sent a letter of appreciation of work carried out by Lane, Lieutenant BGB.
1400 Regimental Order No 5 issued.
1930 Regiment moved out to F Section Defence to relieve 8th Light Horse Regiment as garrison. Relief completed by 2200. Led Horses under Ragless, Captain BB, returned to 3rd Brigade Led Horse Camp, Wadi Nueiameh.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary
On 10th August No. 4 sub sector was added to command of General Officer in Command 3rd Light Horse Brigade. 1st Battalion, British West Indies Regiment took over the garrison from 9th and 10th Light Horse Regiments in F and G sections on night 13th August 1918.
9th Light Horse Regiment to Ain Ed Duk and 10th Light Horse Regiment to cover of high ground south west of El Madhbeh ridge as supports and 8th Light Horse Regiment as sector reserve.
The relief of the sub sector caused increased movement in the area and enemy - artillery was active day and night. El Musallabeh received special attention from enemy guns, but the trenches and dugouts of this position were so prepared that artillery effect was very slight.
The troops had been called upon for continuous night digging as well as for the garrisoning of the defences. The dust and heat was still great with temperatures averaging from 108 to 117 degrees Fahrenheit. From casualties and sickness the strength of all units of the Brigade was now considerably reduced.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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