Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
9th LHR, AIF
War Diary, 5 July
Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour
Regimental March - Marching Through Georgia
Sunday, July 5, 1914
See 4th Military District, South Australia for militia activities.
Monday, July 5, 1915
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Reserve Gully
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No Entry.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary - Colonel Hughes back in hospital ship but did not land.
Motor Driver hanger reported.
Lieutenant Colonel White back to duty.
Canterbury 1W Turks very quiet but for shelling which continues. Heavy shelling by a large gun from E, otherwise it was very quiet during day.
Carew Reynell Diary - We had quite and interesting second half to our fortnight in the trenches.
On Sunday week the Turks concentrated about ten guns of assorted sizes and from various directions on our trenches at day break and bombarded us solidly for two and a half hours. Major Gregory the second in command of the 8th Light horse Regiment was killed, also the adjutant and several men and most of us had headaches, and some were quite deaf and have remained so for some days. We fully expected that the bombardment would be followed by an attack as a very heavy rifle fire was kept up from the Turks trenches in front of us. This was the heaviest bombardment we have had by a long way. A few evenings previously they had given us a fairly hot time and I still have a little momento of it in the shape of a sore which has festered and which was caused by gravel thrown by the explosion of a shell which also killed one sergeant and wounded another. The Sunday morning affair, however, was "It".
On Monday morning at 0030 they made a real attack on our trenches after having made two demonstrations - one at 2130 and one at 2230. The attack was easily repulsed and they left from two to three hundred dead in front of our trenches. About 15 prisoners were also captured who gave a lot of interesting information. One of them was an Armenian who had thrown himself down in a hollow and let the attacking force go on and when it was all over, crawled in over our parapet. We also got another, unwounded, who had lain out all day among the dead.
Captain Herbert and I got another poor devil who was badly wounded and would have died of thirst. I also had an interesting experience in the so called Secret Sap on the said morning.
Our losses during the six weeks we have been here in killed and wounded amount to 80, which is nearly 20% of our strength on landing. We have also nearly a third of our original strength away sick in hospital. A great many more have been away sick and come back but at the moment we actually have 135 absent sick and they are going every day faster than they come back. A few of the wounded have rejoined and more will later.
Wednesday, July 5, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Roadhead Serapeum.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Routine training and patrol work.
Two hours training carried out daily.
Thursday, July 5, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - El Shellal
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - The Regiment undertook routine work for the day. The Regiment was preparing for a move into reserve at Abasan el Kebir.
Friday, July 5, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Solomon's Pools
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Usual Bethlehem and Jerusalem leave parties.
Saturday, July 5, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Moascar
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Men being as fully equipped as possible with what remained in Quarter Master stores - indents on Dados not yet having been fulfilled.
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Citation: 9th LHR AIF War Diary, 5 July