"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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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
11th LHR Routine Order 101, 18 June 1916 Topic: AIF - 4B - 11 LHR
Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail.
11th LHR Routine Order 101, 18 June 1916
The key feature of this RO include the very poor structure and layout in comparison to other RO's. This is in stark contrast to Grant's desire to suggest that sentry duty was not seriously taken by the men. The tenor of RO's tend to reflect upon the efficiency of a regiment. The poorer the attention paid to the RO, the poorer the quality of leadership from the Commanding Officer. In Grant's case, this is not a surprise. We see Grant blaming his men for a problem that originates right at the top.
Military Order 7, 1907 Topic: Militia - Military Orders
Military Order 7 of 1907 sets out the funding arrangements for a volunteer militia formation.
The formula is simple. If a unit falls below 75% legal establishment, then funding is on a per head basis, while over 75%, the full establishment funding is received regardless of numbers. The amount involved is 40/- per head.
The following entries are extracted and transcribed from the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, the originals of which are held by the Australian War Memorial. There are 366 entries on this site. Each day has entries as they occurred from 1914 to 1919. In addition to the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, when appropriate, entries from the 3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary and other regiments with the Brigade will also appear. Entries from the unit history, Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924 will also appear from time to time. The aim is to give the broadest context to the story and allow the reader to follow the day to day activities of the regiment. If a relative happened to have served in the regiment during the Great War, then this provides a general framework in which the individual story may be told.
Diaries of AIF Servicemen, Bert Schramm, 24 June 1918 Topic: Diary - Schramm
Diaries of AIF Servicemen
24 June 1918
2823 Private Herbert Leslie SCHRAMM, a 22 year old Farmer from Whites River, South Australia. He enlisted on 17 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.
During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, Bert Schramm 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 Offensive 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.
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Bert Schramm's Diary - Am having a pretty fair time. Just the usual camp routine of duties. One man per troop is allowed leave to Jerusalem so hope to get on this later on. Realise we are only here for a fortnight.
Nominal Roll, AWM133, Nominal Roll of Australian Imperial Force who left Australia for service abroad, 1914-1918 War.
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Eyre Peninsular men serving in the AIF, February 1916 Topic: Gen - St - SA
Below is Page 4 from the West Coast Recorder of 23 February 1916. This is the weekly news paper which was printed in Port Lincoln and serviced the whole of the Eyre Peninsular. It was a recruiting ground for 3rd and 9th LHRs along with the 50th Infantry Battalion. In an effort to understand why their menfolk were no longer around, these sort of articles aimed to let everyone know that the experience of loss was shared throughout the region. It didn't make it any easier to cope with the loss but these articles tended to reduce the isolating experience by advertising the names of the families who shared similar feelings of grief.
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