Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
13 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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Tuesday, August 13, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Bluff, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - We were relieved by the 1st Battalion B.W.I. tonight and we are going back near the Mount of Temptation for a few days.
[B.W.I. = British West Indian Regiment]
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Bluff, Jordan Valley, Palestine.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Enemy exceptionally quiet. Advance officers from 1st Battalion BWI took over Area Stores at 1500.
1720 Enemy artillery fired five rounds.
1830 A body of mounted men, 50 strong observed travelling below foothills towards Grant Hill. Small parties of men were frequently seen during the day travelling in the foothills and leading packhorses down Wadi El Mudah - Dirah. No 1 Battalion, British West Indies Regiment relieved this regiment as garrison F Section Defences. Relief completed by 2330. Regiment concentrated at No 1 crossing Wadi Auja and moved off via roads 26, 33, and 27 to Ain Ed Duk arriving at 0230. Bleechmore, Major C; and, 35 Other Ranks remained in close support to BWI on F Section.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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