Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
9th LHR, AIF
War Diary, 18 September
Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour
Regimental March - Marching Through Georgia
Friday, September 18, 1914
See 4th Military District, South Australia for militia activities.
Saturday, September 18, 1915
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Rhododendron Hill
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Norfolk detachment left re rejoined their unit.
The 7th Infantry Brigade under Colonel Burston now occupies the Apex position on our left having relieved the New Zealand Brigade.
Turks opened fire along the whole line at 1630 and maintained it for 45 minutes. This was replied to by all our guns and also the warships.
Monday, September 18, 1916
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Salmana
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - 0430, Leaving for the Camp at Amara which was reached at 0800.
The total distance covered amounted to over 65 miles travelled in about 25 hours actual marching.
Tuesday, September 18, 1917
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Abasan el Kebir
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Reveille 0430. Division moved from Abasan el Kebir and took over forward area.
Regiment moved from Abasan el Kebir 0800 and arrived at Um Urgan 1130.
Watered horses in wadi and moved to old bivouac site relieving City of London Yeomanry Royal Regiment.
Daly, Major TJ; and, one Other Rank returned from Zeitoun School.
Phelan, Lieutenant E, left on Cairo leave.
Wednesday, September 18, 1918
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Ludd area
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Orders received that the Brigade would march out fully equipped for lengthy operations at 1900 and concentrate near Sarona and bivouac for night.
Several improvised packs had been issued to carry explosives and all off side horses of the transport had been equipped with pack saddles for use in packing loads over rough country if found necessary.
1845 The Regiment moved out 388 strong, joined remainder of Brigade and travelling at the rate of five miles an hour arrived in SqJ31 [Sheet 13] at 2245 where horses were off-saddled and bivouac made for night. Orders received were to get as much sleep as possible. Reveille at 0500 and after 0800 be ready to move out at half hours notice.
3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary - On the evening of 18th September 1918, the Turkish 7th Army and Turkish 8th Army held an entrenched line from Tabsor on the coast to a point on the Jordan River about ten miles north of Jericho. The Turkish 4th Army held the hills commanding the Jordan Valley east of the river. It was the intention of the Commander in Chief to concentrate a superior force of Infantry on the coastal sector, break the line there, and push three of the four cavalry Divisions through the gap to the rear of the Turkish forces. This cavalry force was to then, capture or destroy the Turkish armies south of the line Damascus - Beirut. The fourth available cavalry division [Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division], with four infantry battalions, one Indian infantry Brigade and certain artillery - all known as Chaytor's force, were to operate in the Jordan Valley against the 4th Turkish army based at Es Salt and the Hejaz Railway. The Australian Mourned Division was to pass through the gap in the rear of the 4th and 5th Cavalry Divisions, and follow the 4th Cavalry Division in close support as far as El Lejjun and then operate as the exigencies of the situation required.
After a three weeks period of intensive training the Brigade marched on the evening of 18th September 1918 to a bivouac site near Selmieh in preparation for the offensive which was to commence at dawn on 20th September 1918.
Thursday, September 18, 1919
9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Adelaide
9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Regiment disbanded.
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