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« on: 15 September 2011, 07:26:43 pm »

Bill Woerlee
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Australia
1069 Posts   Posted - 21/11/2004 :  7:51:58 PM   
Jeff,
I was reading throug a report on the taking of El Magdhaba on 23 December 1916 and came across this reference in the War Diary of the 9th ALHR:

"Just after this word was received from Ahearn, Captain, 8th Light Horse Regiment that the 10th Light Horse Regiment were in trouble near the buildings and McKenzie, Major KA, with 50 dismounted men were sent."

I did a quick search of the Nominal Roll and could not find an entry that fitted in with the description. I am wondering if you have heard of this chap or know some detail about him?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Bill


philmaur
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Australia
243 Posts    Posted - 21/11/2004 :  10:07:32 PM 
Bill, reading in vol V11 about magdhaba I see no mention of Ahearn, but Lieut.Timperley of the 10th. was wounded.There is a Arthur Ahearn in the 10th's list and he was in the 7th re inforcements, the same as Lieut. Timperley.Could this be the chap you are seeking, his no is 1078. Phil.


Jeff Pickerd
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Australia
486 Posts    Posted - 22/11/2004 :  12:06:07 AM 
Bill
Sorry for the delay in replying, have had a busy night and have had to do some checking re this question. There is no Ahearn in the regiment there were two Hearn's in the 8th, but neither fit the role or have the rank of Captain.
I would suggest that this has been a case of incorrect spelling of the name and was more than likely Captain Albert Wearne, the officer in charge of the 8th's Scout group. He was by the sound of it a very capable officer and is the one who led the first reconnaisance out to the Wadi um Muksheib on the 21st March 1916, and also went out with 12 of the 8th's Scouts as guides for the Raid at Jifjafa, undertaken by Captain Scott of the 9th LHR, 11th April 1916.
I shall check further to see if I can confirm this.
Regards, Jeff

Bill Woerlee
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Australia
1069 Posts    Posted - 22/11/2004 :  08:28:37 AM   
Jeff
G'day and thank you heaps mate.

Your explaination is just sheer majic. I went back to the written diary record and the name is written Awearn but the "W" is unclear and smudged giving it an "H" appearance. The work of the Adjutant writing the diary suffered from this characteristic where the "H" and "W" looked exactly the same which made for great difficulties in transcription.

Captain Albert Wearne is it.

Scott made this comment about him after the raid to Jifjafa: “This officer made a previous reconnaissance of portion of the country and his knowledge and experience were of great value to me from first to last. He is the finest Scout Officer I have ever seen and was untiring in his energy, giving me particular help in his topographical knowledge.” [Scott, Major WH, Reconnaissance Report 15 April 1916, p. 4.]

You are right on the money Jeff.

If you were here I would marry you. But thank god for small mercies and the distance of cities. LOL. #8^)

I really appreciate your help.

Cheers

Bill



Bill Woerlee
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Australia
1069 Posts    Posted - 22/11/2004 :  08:39:13 AM   
Phil
G'day mate and thanks for your thought provoking response. If I had made an error then what you suggest is reasonable but the extract came from the 9th ALHR War Diary and they are not prone to making mistakes when it comes to apportioning glory for officers. Each page is redolent with the derring do of their officers and little mention of the Other Ranks except as bit players whose sole role is to give greater glory to the officers. So if they mentioned anofficer of the 8th ALHR, it was an officer of the 8th ALHR that they meant. Other Ranks rarely scored a mention, even if they were killed in action.

Once again, thanks for your reply. It was greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Bill

David
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Australia
183 Posts    Posted - 22/11/2004 :  10:13:28 AM 
Bill, it seems you have been researchig this action in some detail as per this and your other posts? I came across a couple of images that i think may be of interest to you, showing Turkish prisoners captured in this action. They appear in the Sydney Mail, May 9th 1917 on page 9. I think they're beauties.
I also have a couple taken by my Grandfather regarding the clearing of the wounded, i believe this was undertaken the morning after the attack? He was with the 3LHFA and was involved in this work.
Happy to scan an email them to you. Cheers - David.

Bill Woerlee
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Australia
1069 Posts    Posted - 22/11/2004 :  1:32:41 PM   
David
G'day mate

Thanks for your offer and I would love to take you up on it.

Email Address:

goodelyfe@hotmail.com

The pix of prisoners comes from footage shot at the time. There is a two minute piece of film footage which shows the prisoners marching by the camera. The shot shows quite a few battalions of Turkish prisoners marching by led by their officers on horses as though they are going on parade. Their march discipline was good.

The thing that went through my mind when I saw these images was the lack of hostility and enmity between the captors and captives - indeed, there were very few captors in sight - in fact there was almost a complete absence of them - just a few here and there acting in an escort role. The prisoners marched with great dignity into what appeared to be a grateful captivity.

Just to give you a heads up as to where I am going with my research, I have transcribed the War Diary of the 9th ALH from October 1916 to August 1919 and am now checking all the references to people and places. For people I am looking at establishing the identity of the person and thus each person mentioned in the Diary should match up on the Nomminal Roll and Embarkation Roll. This cross referencing is essential for two reasons. The first is that the identities are accurate in the transcription and secondly, if future researchers wish to use the material, the starting point is already established so there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

When I have finished this aspect of the project, I will bundle it all up on a CD and make it freely available to folks who have a serious bent on research.


David
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Australia
183 Posts    Posted - 24/11/2004 :  12:39:04 PM 
Bill, following listing of Tprs portraits 9th L.H. (from SLV Australiana index). All from the Weekly Times for 1915 -

Sgt.H.H. Ball 20/11/15 page 28.
LCpl. T. Dickson 27/11/15 page 28.
Trumpter C.H.Lane 7/8/15 page 28.
Tpr. H. Blanch 31/7/15 page 28.
Tpr. J.Smith 6/11/15 page 25.

Cheers, David.
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