A few days before date of entry we left New RailHead and proceeded to Romani. We are still with the A.S.C. Nothing of any interest doing.
Went exploring the other night and came upon an old graveyard. The desert had given up its dead and there were skeletons lying about in all directions. They must have been buried some considerable time although the hair of the females was still quite good. I also visited several old ruins but did not hit on anything worth carrying away.
One thing worth noting is the other day an officer (unknown but Lt Chapman of the 7th LH now RJO and his assistant S.M McGee of the 6th LH had a finger in the pie) sent across to have two men detailed to flog Gippo’s who refused to work. Fancy their impertinence them asking, mind you, to detail two men. The boys I’m pleased to say stood on their dignity and absolutely refused to do it, whereupon the batman of the above mentioned officers volunteered to do it. There will be a day of reckoning for them when the boys get a chance to (to use the slang phrase) deliver the goods for they have disgraced Australia by their act.
J. A. Graham
"Informal portrait of a group of 7th Light Horse Regiment officers. From left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) John William Hampton, Lt Haydon, Major Harold McIntosh, Captain Luke Bice and Lt Chapman (possibly Richard Rupert Chapman). Hampton and McIntosh also served in the 12th Light Horse. A photograph in an album relating to the service of Captain Edward Oswald Straker, 5th Australian Light Horse (5ALH). Source: Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02023.043.004
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....