The Divisional Supply Column of the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport)


Standard establishment defined in August 1915:

  • 5 Officers
  • 8 Warrant Officers and Sergeants
  • 24 Artificers
  • 305 other ranks (of which 1 was an interpreter provided by French authorities and 3 were attached from the army postal service)
  • 63 other ranks detached for transport work with other units

Of the 301 British other ranks of the Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport,

  • 234 were employed on transport and in the workshop
  • 67 were working on supply (administration, loading)

The column was provided with

  • 45 3-ton lorries (30 for supply work, 8 spare for reliefs, 4 for ordnance stores, 3 for “first aid repairs” (that is, of broken down vehicles))
  • 16 30-hundredweight lorries (14 for forage, 2 for the postal service)
  • 4 miscellaneous lorries (2 for workshop, 2 for stores)
  • 2 motor cars
  • 7 motor cycles

The commanding officer of 44 (MT) Company (7th DSC) reported on 16 February 1915 that he had 9 different makes of lorry. This unit’s war diary mentions having Albion, Daimler, Halley, Hallford, Karrier, Leyland, LGOC, Maudsley, Straker-Squire, Thornycroft and Wolseley lorries at round that time.


Units of the Mechanical Transport of the Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps

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