Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, 2823 Private Herbert Leslie Schramm, a farmer from White's River, near Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsular, 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 1918 breakout 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.
Bert Schramm's Diary, 19 March 1919
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 17 - 19 March 1919
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Bert Schramm's Location - Zagazig, Egypt.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Started off again this morning at 7.30 and came through to Zagazig. Arrived here about 2 pm. And we are camping here. I don't know for how long but we have put all our tents up again and I suppose we will have another shift in a few days. I don't know what the blazes these Gippos want. They scarcely have any arms so they cannot put up much of a fight. There are troops everywhere but I don't expect we will have the opportunity of slaughtering any of them. Too much red tape for that.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Zagazig, Egypt.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0200 McDonald, Captain JM, MC, returned having escorted the Greek family back safely to Zagazig. On the way out he came upon a party of inhabitants wrecking the railway. These he dispersed by firing a few shots, killing one.
1000 Moved to new bivouac area near Turkish Prison Barracks. Rear parties from Moascar joined up.
Mounted Squadron marched in about 1900 and bivouacked with Regiment.
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.No Entry
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9th Light Horse Regiment AIF War Diary - Complete day by day list
Bert Schramm Diary - Complete day by day list
Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.
Citation: Bert Schramm's Diary, 19 March 1919