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Zealand Mounted Rifles. War Dairy for W.M.R. MARCH 1916
Transcribed to text by Gordon Sylvester NZMRA - August 2011
Transcribers notes: entries of question marks (??) are undecipered script.
War Diaries WMR
WELLINGTON MOUNTED RIFLES
NZ & A DIVISION
APRIL (page 2)
1ST TO 3RD Carried on with patrols in front of TRENCHES, handing over the work to the
AUSTRALIANS on afternoon ending 3-4-16
1st Two men to SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION, one for NCO’s, the other for M.G.’s class
2nd Orders were received to move to SERAPEUM and join up with the remainder of BRIGADE on
4.4.16. All HEAVY BAGGAGE, TENTS etc to leave at 12 noon on 3.4.16.
HOSPITAL- Capt OLDHAM P
3rd HEAVY BAGGAGE etc moved out at 12 noon as ordered. One Troop per SQD on Camel Transport went as Escort.
4th Remainder of REGIMENT moved to SERAPEUM leaving at 0800 arriving 12 noon.
CAMEL TRANSPORT was supplied for baggage and left at 0715. One NCO and 8 men per Sqd under Lieut NORTH accompanied it as ESCORT. Found the CAMP partly pitched by Advance Party. Afternoon spent in preparing CAMP.
5th Orders for moving 6:4:16 to SAHLIA. All baggage unable to be carried on HORSES sent by TRAIN. Camels not available. Lieut Jones & 1 troop left as a rear party to load trucks and clean up huts.
1 NCO + 6 men left as GUARD to accompany BAGGAGE with TRAIN.
BLANKETS OIL SHEETS carried on horse.
6th Moved out 1000 and arrived MOASCAR, some ten miles, at 1300. Bivuoaced here for the Night...
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APRIL 7th ... Moved out from MOASCAR Bivouac at 0410 arriving SALHIA 1100 a distance of some 21 Miles. BREAKFAST at 0900 on road. TENTS arrived late in afternoon by train, and were nearly all pitched the same evening.
8th Arranging Camp.
9th Arranging Camp.
10th Cleaning of all gear.
TRAINING SYALLBUS made up for week ending 14:4:16. This SYALLBUS provided for MUSKETRY, RAPID LOADING, BAYONET FIGHTING & RIFLE EXERCISES for dismounted Work and MOUNTED TRAINING was carried on under SQUADRON ARRANGEMENTS in the afternoon. NO BUTTS available so MUSKETRY could not be gone with.
11th The following OFFICERS were attached to the TRAINING REGIMENT
Major SAMUEL A.M. CO REGIMENT
Captain OLDHAM P Adjuant
Lieut JANSON W.M. Squadron
2nd Lieut BIRD R.J. “
2nd Lieut FOLEY W.R. “
Nine NCO’s also went to TRAINING REGIMENT
12th OFFICERS and NCO’s appointed to positions in TRAINING REGIMENT marched out & proceeded by train to MOASCAR.
14th Two men per Squadron attached to SIGNALLERS for TRAINING. Two men per Squadron to M G OFFICER for Training.
1 man per Sqd detached for MG Training 17 & 16.
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April 14th ... and overhauling PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
16th Inspection by Maj Gen CHAUVELL
Inspection made very difficult owing to SANDSTORM
17th to 27th TRAINING SYALLBUS drawn up for week ending 22:4:16 Constituting PHYSICAL DRILL
BAYONET FIGHTING, RAPID LOADING, FIRE CONTROL, VISUAL TRAINING, and JUDGING DISTANCE.
SQUADRON and TROOP TRAINING was carried out for a short time each day.
One day REGIMENTAL (TRAINING) PARADE was held to ensure that proper
Formation had being adopted for MOVING in ENEMY COUNTRY.
Instruction for OFFICERS in night marching was also carried out on several nights in the week. Special attention was paid to FIRE ACTION + RECONNANISE throughout the week.
22nd The following promotion were approved
Lieut JANSON W. to be Capt 6/4/16
2nd Lieut von T KETTLE F. Lieutenant 1/4/16
NORTH P.J. 1/4/16
BIRD R.J. 1/4/16
CHAPMAN R.F. 1/4/16
Capt HULBERT N.Z. ENGINEERS transferred to Wgtn MOUNTED RIFLES and seconded as STAFF CAPTAIN N.Z.M.R. BDE dated 8th March 1916
23rd Three hours notice to move out to KANTARA. Dress FULL SERVICE MARCHING ORDER. All baggage to be stacked at R.D.M.E. STORE TENT. Tents left standing.
Lieut GRANT + 10 other ranks left as rear party and to find GUARDS.
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APRIL 23rd REGIMENT Paraded at 2000 ready to move out, moved out at 2020 moving
almost due EAST.
MAJOR SPRAGG to HOSPITAL before we left.
24th Stopped one hour for BREAKFAST in KANTARA at 0730, moving off again at 0830 arriving at destination HILL 70 1000.
HILL 70 BAGGAGE arrived late in the evening. But not the TENTS
25th Preparing LINES
Beginning of Patrolling
One Troop and Two Officers in morning + same relief in afternoon. Our turn came on alternate days. Morning Patrol to to leave at 0700 and arrive back at between 1200 + 1300.
Afternoon PATROL to leave 1400 returning at 1800. Report sent into BRIGADE on return.
Each relief split up into two PATROLS of equal strength under control of an OFFICER. One going NORTH the other SOUTH.
27th On this particular day patrols were not sent out as above, but as follows.
27th GENERAL CHAYTOR with 2nd SQUADRON + 1 troop of 40 from 6th SQUADRON and the REGIMENTAL SIGNALLERS moved out from HILL 70 at 0400 along the BIR EL DUBAR Road to DUEIDAR. The COLUMN halted shortly after passing through DUEIDAR remaining for some 15 minutes to water horses. After watering another move was made halting a gain about two miles SOUTHEAST of DUEIDAR.
Here the BRIGADIER with troops of 2nd SQUADRON proceeded to find some wells. After moving to a point some five miles EAST of DUEIDAR, the COLUMN changed its direction NORTH and proceeded to a point five miles (...cont)
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APRIL 27th (page 6)
(...) further on in that direction arriving there at 1000. From here they moved in a SOUTH WESTERLY direction arriving EL DUEIDAR at 1145, fed & watered horses, stopping until 1300 for lunch, arriving back in camp 1430.
Several WELLS were found with good water in, also a plentiful supply of good water was found in low lying ground by digging down some eighteen inches.
The remainder of Col Column two troops under Lieut Lyons the other under Lieut MARCHANT moved in a SOUTHERLY direction. Lieut Lyons taking about a mile of frontage and keeping HILL 383 on his RIGHT with orders to concentrate on that point when having reached a point directly opposite.
Lieut MARCHANT had orders to take the same amount of FRONTAGE but to keep on Lieut LYONS left + proceed about two miles SOUTH of HILL 383 + return to this point.
Both PATROLS had orders to gather in all BEDOUINS + their flocks + report on any WELLS they could locate, also anything else of importance.
No BEDOUINS found. Three wells found by patrol on left containing 10 to 18 inches of slightly brackish water, direction 2 miles south of point 383 KATIB ABUASAB . Patrolled 1 ½ miles East 383, no wells, no Bedouins.
Both patrols made a sweeping movement back to camp from KATIA ABU ASAB arriving in camp 1500. Nothing to report.
29th Marched in 2nd Lieut HERRICK AD from Training Regiment.
30th Lieut HOLLAND and four men per SQD appointed Regimental PIONEERS for WELL CONSTRUCTION.
STRENGTH ( End of Month)