Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
1 September 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, 27 August - 3 September 1918
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Sunday, September 1, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Ludd area, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Sun. Nothing worth recording. Drill starts tomorrow.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ludd area, Palestine.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Syllabus of training for week ending 7th September 1918 issued.
Swords issued to all ranks and orders received that from now onwards, cavalry drill would be adopted. As trained cavalry instructors were not available officers and Non Commissioned Officers had to make a close study of the Cavalry Training Manual with a view of becoming proficient to instruct those under them. All worked with the keenest interest and after two or three days had a fair knowledge of Cavalry and Sword Drill.
1030 voluntary Church Parade.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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