"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess
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Bert Schramm's Diary, 28 January 1919 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, 28 January 1919
Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 28 - 30 January 1919
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Tuesday, January 28, 1919
Bert Schramm's Location - Tripoli, Lebanon.
Bert Schramm's Diary - Another day gone. No news. The monotony of being kept here is getting on my nerves, enough to drive one mad. Pity I wasn't a student I would be starting for home tomorrow.
3rd LH Bde, AIF, Farewell to Colonel Hughes, Argus 27 January 1915 Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHB
3rd LH Bde, AIF
Farewell to Colonel Hughes
Argus, 27 January 1915
Argus, 27 January 1915, p. 9.
The newspaper article, appearing in the Melbourne Argus, 27 January 1915, p. 9 is transcribed below.
FAREWELL TO COL. HUGHES.
THE MEN IN EGYPT.
Colonel T G Hughes Commanding the Third Light Horse of the Australian Expeditionary Force was entertained by the St Kilda Trades Club at its rooms Inkerman Street on Monday evening.
Colonel Hughes in responding to the toast of his health submitted by Mr McCutcheon MLA said that he felt proud of the fact of his being an Australian. As to complaints made about Australian soldiers in Egypt he thought that Captain Bean had very little to write about. (Applause) If they were all of the same spirit they would not have much of an army. They had a splendid lot of men. If men were kept employed and interested m their work they would work. When the men reached the front then let critics talk. (Applause) He felt proud of the position he now occupied and proud of the men he commanded. Seven of his old associates had resigned their commissions and had joined as privates. In going to the front he was following his son who went with the First Expedition and his daughter would precede him by a few days as a nurse so the family of Hughes would be temporarily changing their residence for the Continent. (Applause)
The mayor on behalf of the Trades Club, presented Colonel Hughes with a silver cigar case and match box.
The Riding Test, Argus 27 January 1915 Topic: AIF - Lighthorse
The Light Horse Riding Test
Argus, 27 January 1915
Argus, 27 January 1915, p. 9.
During the Great War, in Australia, one of the key determinants allowing a person to become a light horseman was the Riding Test. The following article, published in the Melbourne Argus, 27 January 1915, p. 9 details the exact requirements involved in the riding test. Passing this test allowed a person to gain entrance into the Light Horse. Failure meant being allotted to a non riding formation, usually the infantry.
During the past two days extensive riding tests have taken place at the recruits' depot for those men who wish to be drafted into the Light Horse. Horses are taken over from the brigade, 400 at a time. The would-be troopers are-put through their trials individually and collectively. The test consists of, amongst other things, saddling and bridling a horse, riding at a walk, a trot, and a gallop, and exercising over jump about 3ft. high. There is keen competition shown among the men to get into the Light Horse and the eliminating test is necessarily strictly carried out. The recruits are still coming in a steady flow, and another large batch went under canvas yesterday.
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