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Army Service Corps WW1

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Re: Army Service Corps WW1

Posted: 1216717957000
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Following on from the suggestion that the 2nd Cavalry Division may have had their own transport companies I did some more digging and it looks like this could be the key to explaining the conflict of your ancestors Cavalry vs ASC service.

Rather than there own independent supply units, like all Divisions of the British Army the Cavalry Divisions had Horse Transport Companies of the ASC attached to them as Divisional Transport. So anyone serving with an ASC attached unit would have an address something like, pvt, corporal etc., joe bloggs, No X HT Co, Divisional Train, Y Cavalry Division.

The various ASC companies attached to each Cavalry Division were:

The 1st Cavalry Division
1st Cavalry Divisional Train (No. 27 HT Company, ASC)
1st Cavalry Divisional Auxiliary (Horse) Company (No. 574 HT Company, ASC)
there was also the 1st Cavalry Divisional Supply Column that consisted of Motor Transport units

The 2nd Cavalry Division

2nd Cavalry Divisional Train (No. 424 HT Company ASC)
2nd Cavalry Divisional Auxiliary (Horse) Company (No. 575 HT Company ASC)
there was also the 2nd Cavalry Divisional Supply Column that consisted of Motor Transport units.

The 3rd Cavalry Division

3rd Cavalry Divisional Train (No. 81 HT Company, ASC)
3rd Cavalry Divisional Auxiliary (Horse) Company (No. 576 HT Company, ASC)
there was also the 3rd Cavalry Divisional Supply Column that consisted of Motor Transport units.

Horse Transport Companies of the ASC [no details] were also attached to the various Mounted Divisions that were formed from Yeomanry Regiments.
All the above can be confirmed on 1914-1918.net

I believe NCO's in charge of several wagons would have their own horse so they could move about along the suply train.


Honkers98 being awarded the SWB was for more than just being injured – the SWB was issued to soldiers who were actually discharged from the services as result of wounds or sickness. As the there is not reference to “discharged KR 392 (xvi)” or similar, you need to see the actual SWB list [or use a researcher to obtain a copy] at the National Archives, to find out the reason [wounds or sickness] and date of discharge. The SWB is not available to view on line.


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