The New "Military Train": Duties and Requirements (1856)

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The New "Military Train": Duties and Requirements (1856)

Postby BingandNelsonFan » 02 Nov 2016 13:37

Here is a very interesting little article about the formation of the new "Military Train". It sounds rather like the American Quartermasters. This seemed interesting, though, because it even specifies the height requirements for the men involved! Does anyone know if this corps still exists?

Hampshire Chronicle 27 September 1856 (page 8)
It has been determined to constitute immediately a new corps, forming a permanent department of the army, under the title of the Military Train. Its office will be to accompany the army, to convey all its stores, ammunition, food, and equipments. It will be divided into parties corresponding with, and adequate to, the supply of the divisions, brigades, and regiments to which it will be attached at the various encampments, and in addition to these parties and the main body of the corps at head-quarters, it is in contemplation to have at one of the principal ports a complete battalion, well disciplined, and ready to embark at a moment's notice, as a kind of supplementary force to supply the extraordinary exigencies of an army actually serving in an enemy's country. The Military Train will be composed of the most eligible volunteers of the late Land Transport Corps, and the most deserving of the supernumeraries of the regiments of the line now in process of reduction; the pay, allowances, pensions, &c. will be on precisely the same scale as in the cavalry of the line. Finally, the arrangement of this new corps is to be superintended by Colonel M'Murdo, director-general of the late Land Transport Corps. The men are to be from five feet five to five feet eight in height.
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Re: The New "Military Train": Duties and Requirements (1856)

Postby Waggoner » 02 Nov 2016 14:44

British military logistics was in a state of continuing reorganization from the Crimean War until just after the South African War. In a way, I suppose that it continued until the early 1990s. The Land Transport Corps was formed to provide land transportation in the Crimea. This was an ad hoc organization that was disbanded and reformed as the Military Train at the end of that war. Its counterpart was the Commissariat Department that performed stores and ordnance functions. As time passed, these organizations were combined, separated, renamed, etc. By the end of the South African War, three separate corps had emerged...the Army Service Corps, the Army Ordnance Corps and the Army Pay Corps. There were more changes during WWI and the post-war period. The last major change happened in the early 1990s when the RAOC and the RCT (successor to the RASC) were amalgamatd to for the Royal Logistic Corps.

Short answer to your question, the MT carries on today thriugh its heir, the RLC.

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