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New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  War Dairy for N.Z.M.R.M.S. SEPTEMBER 1916
 
Transcribed to text by Gordon Sylvester NZMRA - October 2011
Transcribers notes: entries of question marks (??) are undecipered
script.
 

 

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AWM35/23/3.
War Diaries  WMR
Pagination starts with cover page as No. 1 in each file

Australian Imperial Force unit war diary
NEW ZEALAND UNITS
1st. Machine Gun Squadron
New Zealand Mounted Rifles

Sept 1916
                                                                                                            (page 2)
1st. to
10th.  
               Recuperating and training. Had men sent from Squadron Details. Hill 70, to replace others evacuated sick.  Brigade received orders to move to Bir et Maler.  But M.G. Squadron to remain at Hod Amara.

11th.     0700            Remainder of Bde left for Bir ET Maler M.G. Sqdn and M. F. Amb. Remained
                        Came under orders of G.O.C 3rd A.L.H. Bde

13th.     1100            Received Operation Order No. 41 for Attack on Mazar.

14th                  Orders for attack on Mazar cancelled.

15th.                 Received new orders Operation Order No. 42 for attack on Mazar.

16th.     1800            Marched to Bir Salama and bivouacked for the night.

17th      2000            Marched Divisional Rendezvous and came under orders of G.O.C.2nd. A.L.H.
                        Started march to Mazar.

18th.     0600            Arrived at a point 2 miles (approx) West of Mazar but did not go into
                        action.

18th.                                                                                                                             (page 3)
                        Left with 2nd. A.L.H. Bde. and marched to Bir Salmana and bivouacked for  night.

19th.     0500            Left independently and marched to Hod Amara.  In this operation a reserve of  S.A.A in bulk was carried on spare pack-horses.  2 Anti aircraft guns having been left in camp.  This ammunition was carried in order to ensure a good supply as we were not sure that the camel convoy would arrive in time owing to the great distance.

20th.                 Rested horses and men as both very tired.  Received orders from A & NZ Divn H.Q. to proceed to  Bir Et Maler next day.

21st.     0500            Left for Bir Et Maler and arrived there at 1120.  Joined up with N.Z.M.R. Bde. and went into camp.  Lieut. R.F. Chapman went to Field Ambulance (Dysentery)

23rd.                 One Officer and 59 Other Ranks went to Sidi Bishr Change of Air Camp near  Alexandria.
Routine work building Farriers shelter,  Cook houses  etc.

29th.                 One officer and 31 O/R went to change of Air Camp.
                        Major Pardoe D.S.O. Senior Machine Gun Instructor at the Imperial School of Instruction  Zeitoun, inspected guns and pack-saddlery and gave lectures.

30th.     2300            1st. Party returned from Change of Air Camp.  30 o/r’s left for Change of Air Camp.
 
Signed  R. P Harper  Capt.
    N.Z.M.R.  M. G. Sqndn.

                                  

Transcribers note:-  (GFY) is the initials of the Adjutant who obviously wrote the diary and was later signed by the Captain.