Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
4 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, 4 - 10 September 1918
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Wednesday, September 4, 1918
Bert Schramm's Location - Ludd area, Palestine.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Cavalry drill is going to keep us busy while we are here. More men went away sick today.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ludd area, Palestine.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Two Other Ranks left on Egyptian Leave.
Training and routine as per syllabus. An epidemic of influenza was now prevalent in the Regiment.
Sixteen Other Ranks were admitted to hospital and about 40 were classified as unfit for duty. The health of the Regiment after the long period in the Jordan Valley was by no means good and men in debilitated condition were unable to resist this influenza infection. The Regimental Medical Officer and staff had a particularly strenuous time attending to the abnormal number of sick.
During the morning training interval Turner, Captain Chaplain RC, lectured to Regiment on the Ethical Aspect of Venereal Disease.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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