Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
11 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, 11 - 18 August 1918
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Sunday, August 11, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Bluff, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Were heavily shelled this morning got right among our bivvies but nearly all solid rock here and plenty of good cover no damage done.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - 0330, Regiment stood to arms. Everything quiet. Posts report all clear.
0700, Heavy machine gun fire on our aeroplane fired from direction of El Baghalat.
0700 - 0745 Our artillery shelled enemy positions on Bakr Ridge and El Baghalat.
0930 - 1030 Enemy artillery fired 26 77mm HE on Sq X8a occupied by reserve Squadron. [A Squadron] Moore, 1579 Lance Corporal JP, was slightly wounded but not evacuated and no other damage done. Patrol of 30 men observed in Sq W16 grazing horses. This was reported to our heavy batteries and fire brought to bear on them. They moved later north west into the hills. Luxmoore, Captain EM, evacuated to hospital.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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