Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
9th LHR, AIF
War Diary, 13 July
Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour
Regimental March - Marching Through Georgia
Monday, July 13, 1914
See 4th Military District, South Australia for militia activities.
Tuesday, July 13, 1915
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Reserve Gully
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No Entry.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary - Reinforcements arrived. 10th Light Horse Regiment one Officer [Lieutenant McDonald] and 52 Other Ranks, 8th Light Horse Regiment, seven Other Ranks, 9th Light Horse Regiment, one Other Ranks. Lieutenant Olden, wounded, returned to duty.
Warrant Officer Strang transferred from 9th Light Horse Regiment to 8th Light Horse Regiment.
Notification that Lieutenant FO Thorn 8th Light Horse Regiment unfit for active service.
General Headquarters reports Lieutenants WA Tunbridge and C Chanter, 9th Light Horse Regiment transferred to Base Hospital.
Enemy at Nek very restless and jumpy all night. Very much rifle unaimed fire. Of opinion that these are fresh troops in occupation of trenches.
Fifty more Garland Bombs issued. These are doing excellent work.
Carew Reynell Diary - Notice that I am mentioned along with two of our sergeants and two privates of the 8th Regiment in Army Corps Orders for good work in connection with the defence of Russell's Top.
There is no doubt that a move will be made before many weeks. I am tipping that the idea is to make a crushing blow by waiting until the Helles end get the Turks on the run and collar Archi Baba and then pushing us across to cut off their retreat by land. In this case their retreat across the Hellespont would be a rather doubtful possibility also.
We expect that at least another division will be landed her for the forward movement as it will mean that we shall have a long line to hold.
I am very interested to know the form that our attack we will take. It will depend very much on the amount of artillery support available. My idea would be as follows:
At 1930 to push a Brigade of infantry out from between No. 1 and 2 outposts to clear the ridges and gullies in their front which are only occupied by a few hundred Turks, they would advance for about a mile and entrench along the big spur running north west from 971 towards the CHA in Inamchal. Owing to the twilight they should be able to do this without much interference from the Turk's main position in front of us.
Under the cover of the above mass the new division during the night between the old out post line and the new one. Just before dawn, sent two Battalions to the W Hills to attack same at dawn and to subsequently put one of the Battalions on the High Ridge 820 North and W Hills while the remaining Battalion entrenched on W Hill. After daybreak, from 0400, the division less its two Battalions already disposed of would make all arrangements for attacking 971 from the north west. At 0500 artillery bombardment to begin and general attack at 0530 with all the artillery support possible. Assaulting line to push right on till a line from Maltepe to Eastern Spurs of 971 Peak reached supporting bodies with bombs to clear up the Turkish communication and other trenches. The line eventually would be:
1. From Gaba Tepe to 213B - outposts;
2. 213B to Maltepe - 971 - Ridge running north west to Chai previously entrenched.
From 213B to 971 would need a chain of small enclosed works made on the spurs on est side of ridge 482 with continuous entrenchments on the ridge.
We very much hope that we shall be on the left flank where there is some scope for individual initiative and qualities cultivated in our training as light horse. Although, alas, there are very few of our old regiment here now - we left 70 behind in Egypt and replaced with reinforcements at the last minute and now we have lost 200 and more away, killed, wounded or sick. The casualties in the advance will be very heavy as the Turks have a strong and well prepared position, but it may result in great things if it comes on top of a crushing success at Helles.
McFarlane wounded yesterday - in the leg, nothing serious - all my pals wounded now and my turn next I suppose - damned nuisance if I have to provide the 20% killed of the said casualties.
Thursday, July 13, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Roadhead Serapeum.
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Routine work. Training consisting of Rifle exercises and musketry and mounted work.
Patrols and outposts carried on as in previous week.
Friday, July 13, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Abasan el Kebir
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - The Regiment paraded at 1000 for mounted training and crossed the railway line south of the camp to carry out equitation and preliminary troop drill.
Returned to camp at 1200.
Hodgson, Major General W, Commander of the Division inspected the troops at work.
Saturday, July 13, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Talaat ed Dumm
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 1030, The Regiment together with remainder of Brigade paraded dismounted to receive and address from the Corps Commander reference matters of discipline.
Sunday, July 13, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - SS Oxfordshire
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0930 Church service on boat deck.
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