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Sunday, 15 March 2009
Peitang, China, September 25, 1900
Topic: BatzO - Peitang


China, 25 September 1900


Peitang, the only combat operation involving Australian troops sent to northern China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion, was fought on the shores of the Gulf of Chihli (now called the Bohai Wan) 40 kilometres east of Tientsin on 25 September 1900. The Australians were members of a naval brigade offered to Britain in June, at the time that a multi-national force was being assembled to lift the siege of foreign embassies in Peking (now Beijing) by a Chinese cult of extreme nationalists nicknamed `Boxers'. The brigade, comprising 200 men from the naval forces of Victoria and another 260 from those of New South Wales, arrived on 8 September and was absorbed within the British contingent of the international field force, with their quarters at Tientsin.

By this stage, however, most of the fighting was already over. Troops of the eight participating powers had landed on the China coast in mid-June, captured Tientsin a month later, and relieved the besieged diplomatic missions in the capital a month after that-whereupon military resistance from the Boxers quickly dissipated. Not until a fortnight after their arrival did the
Australians have any prospect of seeing action. On 24 September, 300 men of the brigade (150 from each colony) formed part of a four-nation force of $,000 men-1,700 provided by Britain-which was ordered to move against the Chinese fort at Peitang.

Moving initially by lighter down the waterways towards the coast, the next day the Australians were obliged to travel the last 30 kilometres by foot. Urged on by the sounds of battle• ahead and the sight of rising pillars of' smoke, they covered the remaining distance in a gruelling forced march. All this effort proved wasted when, coming across a Russian field hospital at E, p.m., they learnt that the Russians had gone ahead and stormed the fort on their own an hour earlier. The only consolation to be had was that the Chinese had chosen not to hold the position in strength, but left a single four-man gun crew to delay the attackers; this they had achieved, at the cost of their lives, while the Russians suffered seven men killed and 30 wounded.

During the following month the Victorians took part in a similar expedition to capture par,-zing fu (now Baoding), the capital of Chihli Province situated about 115 kilometres south-west of Beijing. This also did not see any Australians come under fire, as on the forces approach Chinese officials surrendered the city without offering any resistance. Thereafter the Australians filled only garrison duties at Beijing and Tientsin until their return home.

Extracted from the book produced by Chris Coulthard-Clark, Where Australians Fought - The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1998, pp. 86-87.


Additional References cited by Chris Coulthard-Clark:

Bob Nicholls (1986) Bluejackets and Boxers, Sydney: Allen & Unwin


Further Reading:

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: Peitang, China, September 25, 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 11:01 PM EADT
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The Egyptian Rebellion, Egypt, 13 March to 10 April 1919
Topic: BatzO - Egypt 1919

The Egyptian Rebellion

Egypt, 13 March -10 April 1919.


Most of the light horse regiments before their campaigning was over were employed in the unhappy work of suppressing the rebellion in Egypt, which broke out early in 1919.

The story of that rising does not come within the scope of this volume. It had been carefully fostered by the malcontents, and demonstrations by Cairo students early in March were the signal for widespread rioting. Native civil servants at once contributed to the trouble by declaring a general strike; and the position of the British was made difficult by the suspension of most of the railway and telegraph services. Within a few days the outbreak had spread through all the lower provinces and extended to Upper Egypt.

At that time the Anzac Mounted Division (less the 1st and 2nd Light Horse Regiments) was still at Rafa, but the Australian Mounted Division had been moved by sea from Tripoli to Moascar. All units had handed in their equipment, and were awaiting embarkation to Australia. No. 1 Australian Flying Squadron and the 1st and 2nd Light Horse Regiments had already sailed. There were no large forces of British troops in Egypt. As the efficient organisation and the ugly temper of the revolt were disclosed further embarkations for Australia were arrested; horses and equipment were rapidly assembled, and within twenty-four hours the 3rd Light Horse Brigade under Wilson was on the march across the desert for Zagazig. The whole-hearted response of the troopers was impressive; they abandoned without a murmur their dreams of Australia, and went out gaily on a new enterprise the probable duration and seriousness of which were uncertain. All the regiments of the two Dominions, with the exception of the 1st and 2nd, were soon in the saddle, and their zone of activity extended from Upper Egypt to the Delta. So urgent at the outset was the call for the mounted men that even the convalescents from the hospitals were enlisted. There was no actual organised fighting, but a few sharp decisive brushes with the rioters cost the Australians about twenty casualties. Seven of the twelve regiments, under the capable command of Wilson, were based on Zagazig, three on Damanhur, one at Cairo, and one in Upper Egypt (Minia), and other small columns were commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W. J. Foster and Lieutenant-Colonel Olden.

The Egyptians lost their nerve at the sight of the horsemen, and soon most of the leading spirits were in prison, while others at the firm bidding of the soldiers were strenuously mending the broken railways, and generally were as emphatic in their expression of loyalty as a few days before they had been turbulent in revolt. The Australians and New Zealanders formed the great part of the British force employed, and owing to their mobility, their reputation, and their decisiveness, they were undoubtedly the dominant factor in temporarily restoring tranquillity to Egypt.

Within a month all present danger had passed, but before embarkation the mounted troops, engaged in patrolling and other light work, comfortably billeted and with an abundance of fresh rations, passed several pleasant weeks beside the Nile.



H.S. Gullett (1944) The Australian Imperial Force in Sinai and Palestine, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, Appendix 1.


Further Reading:

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: The Egyptian Rebellion, Egypt, 13 March to 10 April 1919

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Hartebeestfontein, South Africa, February 18 to March 21, 1901
Topic: BatzB - Hartebestfontn


South Africa, 14 February-21 March 1901


Hartebeestfontein, an action fought on J 8 February 1901 (during the Second South African War) about 25 kilometres north-west of Klerksdorp in western Transvaal On receiving information on the 17th that scattered bands of Boers from several commandos were concentrating on the village of Hartebeestfontein, Lieut.-General Lord Methuen moved out to attack them with a column of 900 men which included Victorian Bushmen. He was not aware until he approached the enemy position, occupying the Cyferlaagte ridge north of the town, that the burghers originally reported there had been reinforced by a roving force under General J.H. De la Rey and now numbered 1,300 - 1,400 men. Undeterred by his inferior strength, Methuen resolved to press ahead with his planned attack.

The assault which was begun at 8 a.m. initially made no impression on the Boer defence, even after reinforcements (including the Victorians) were sent to bolster the pressure applied against the enemy's right flank. At 11 a.m. De la Rey made a counter-attack against the British left which was also unsuccessful. Later that afternoon he decided to abandon his positions, leaving eighteen dead on the field. The sharp little action had cost Methuen 49 casualties, three of the dead and eleven of the wounded being Victorians.

A month later, the area around Hartebeestfontein was the scene of further clashes between two British columns pursuing De la Rey, after the latter had staged a raid on Lichtenburg in the north on 3 March. A party of New Zealanders and Australian Bushmen from the column led by Major-General J.M. Babington reportedly fought an action on 21 March which was notable for entailing an 'old-fashioned cavalry charge' which forced the Boers to flee in terror. While details of this incident are difficult to verify, the New Zealanders and Bushmen undoubtedly played a leading role in chasing down De la Rey's Boer wagon train three days later at Wildfontein, taking 140 prisoners, several guns and large quantities of rifles and ammunition.

Extracted from the book produced by Chris Coulthard-Clark, Where Australians Fought - The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1998, pp. 89-90.


Additional References cited by Chris Coulthard-Clark:

L.S. Amery, (ed.) The Times History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902, Vol. 5 (1907), London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co.

MH Grant, History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902, Vol. 4 (1910), London.

John Stirling (1907) The Colonials in South Africa, 1899-1902, Edinburgh: W. Blackwood & Sons. 

R.L. Wallace (1976) The Australians at the Boer War, Canberra: Australian War Memorial & Australian Government Publishing Service.


Further Reading:

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920


Citation: Hartebeestfontein, South Africa, February 18 to March 21, 1901

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Updated: Sunday, 5 April 2009 4:27 PM EADT
Bert Schramm's Diary, 15 March 1919
Topic: Diary - Schramm

Diaries of AIF Servicemen

Bert Schramm


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, 15 March 1919


Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 12 - 16 March 1919

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Bert Schramm

Saturday, March 15, 1919

Bert Schramm's Location - Moascar, Egypt.

Bert Schramm's Diary - Trouble has begun again in Cairo and all communication between here and Cairo have been cut. Natives attacked a hospital train coming through today and some damage done but haven't heard anything definite. One hundred men were called up out of this Brigade and left this evening. Their destination unknown. Anyhow if this is any serious trouble and we are all called out I guess someone will suffer. What annoys one most is the possibility of us being kept here a few months longer. I think I shall be inclined to desert if we are kept here much longer.



9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Moascar, Egypt.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  0900 General Officer in Command Australian Mounted Division [Ryrie, Brigadier General G de L, CB CMG VD] addressed the 3rd Light Horse Brigade reference discipline.

Captain Parry Regimental Medical Officer proceeded by train to Kantara to embark on HMT Euripides. Information received that inhabitants had attacked a train travelling between Cairo and Kantara. Disturbances at Zagazig extending.

1945 three Officers 50 Other Ranks each from 8th and 10th Light Horse Regiments proceeded by train to Zagazig. Telegraphic communication with Cairo cut.

10th Australian Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Lieutenants Macgregor MC and Doig MC with 50% were sent to Minet Quam out duty.

General Ryrie held a mass parade and addressed the Brigade.

Extract from Vincent, Phoebe, My darling Mick: the life of Granville Ryrie, 1865 - 1937, p. 191 although first appeared in the Brisbane Daily Telegraph 18 April 1927 -

'On 15 March Granville was at Moascar, where a minor incident took place which, if anyone had doubted it, would have been ample proof of the respect his men had for him and for the understanding he had shown them throughout the last five arduous years.

The men of the brigade, exhausted after all the campaigning only just behind them, were thinking of nothing but rest, a ship home, when one day out of the blue a Moascar 'brass hat' popped up and ordered that they perform recruit drill out under the blazing Egyptian sun. The bugle call to fall in after breakfast was ignored by the entire brigade. The order was repeated and the rumblings of complaint began to build until atmosphere in the camp was mutinous. At this point Granville ordered them out on parade. Not a man refused. Out in the heat of the parade ground he addressed them briefly but sympathetically on the subject of discipline, then gave them strict orders, instead of attending recruit drill, to get their towels a 'go for a swimming parade in Lake Timsah'. Having been the only man of his rank in the Australian Army to command the same brigade for the full duration of the war, it could be said with little doubt that no senior officer knew his men better than 'the Old Brigadier'.



Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.

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9th Light Horse Regiment AIF War Diary - Complete day by day list

Bert Schramm Diary 

Bert Schramm Diary - Complete day by day list


Additional Reading:

Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.


Citation: Bert Schramm's Diary, 15 March 1919

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Steam Tug at the Dead Sea
Topic: AIF - Cars


The Dead Sea

Steam Tug at the Dead Sea


Twin Screw Steel Steamer at Rujm el Bahr, Dead Sea

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The manuscript submitted by Captain E.H. James called "The Motor Patrol" lodged in the AWM as AWM 224 MSS 209, Chapter 6: THE DEAD SEA.


1st Australian Armoured Car Section - The Dead Sea - Part 2 


The following details were given regarding the capture of a steam tug at the Dead Sea.

Amongst the stuff left behind at the Dead Sea Post when captured, were all the parts of a large steam tug which had been taken to pieces at Haifa and transported overland in sections by the Germans and Turks. It must have taken a large amount of labour and time to do this as every piece had to be brought by road over the steep hills for something like 100 miles. All the parts were there except the engines and these could not be found. These had either not been brought or had been sunk in the water. Divers were sent down to search but no trace could be discovered. The British authorities decided to assemble the boat as all the parts were so conveniently left for them, and internal combustion engines from some of the Tractors were to be installed. Some shipwrights were brought down and the frames and plates of the boat were all riveted up. When we left the Jordan Valley some months afterwards the hull seemed to be all ready for launching but we never heard whether this had ever been done.



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