What was a Divisional Train?

Role

The Train provided horse-drawn transport for the formation known as a Division. It usually comprised a small Train Headquarters, one Headquarters Company, three other Horse Transport Companies and a contingent of other troops (known as Army Troops), all of the Army Service Corps.

When moving and laid out in officially-approved organisation, the Train would occupy 1755 yards of road (1605 metres).

Establishment

Defined in the Field Service Pocket Book (1914)

Personnel
Officers Other ranks
Train HQ 5 7
No 1 (HQ) Company 6 155
Other 3 Companies 5 80
Army Troops 7 95
Horses
Riding Draught
Train HQ 6 3
No 1 (HQ) Company 18 144
Other 3 Companies 14 55
Army Troops 16 61
Transport
Carts (1 or 2 horse) Wagons (2 horse)
Train HQ 1 1
No 1 (HQ) Company 7 58
Other 3 Companies 3 22
Army Troops 1 27

Links

The Army Service Corps

Definitions of units