Transcribed Extract from a 'Crown Imperial' Article
Author and Date not yet known
The work of the Army Ordnance Corps, as its name implies is mainly connected with the transport of stores and munitions of war, and to this corps falls the duty of despatching these to the different stations both at home and abroad. The pictures that we show here give an excellent idea of the work engaged in and of the men who carry it out.
The first picture is that of the Aldershot Ordnance Staff. The first officer on the extreme left is Lieutenant and Assistant Commissary of Ordnance W. HUTCHINS. He is in undress uniform. The next is Lieutenant and Assistant Commissary of Ordnance W. COX. He is in Church Parade Order. The officer in the centre is Colonel FG WINTLE, DSO., the senior Ordnance Officer, in undress uniform.
And the officer on the extreme right is Lieutenant and Assistant Commissary of Ordnance ED. COLLINS. He is in Drill Order.
The Army Ordnance Corps serves all over the world, and its duties are both dangerous and manifold. There are six officers of the 1st Class, twelve of the 2nd Class, eighteen of the 3rd Class and twenty seven of the 4th Class, beside Quarter Masters and officers ranked as Assistant Commissaries of Ordnance.
In the next illustration we give a number of types of men of the Corps. On the left is the Bugler on duty. Next a Private in Drill Order, followed by a Quarter-Master Sergeant GIBSON, in Church Parade Order. Conductor Robertson, who did good work in the last Ashanti Expedition, comes next. Slightly in the rear is a Private in Working Order. And we have Sub-Conductor BONSOR acting as Regimental Sergeant-Major. The uniforms of Conductor and Sub-Conductor are exactly the same, according to Queens Regulations, although the former holds senior rank, and often performs the duties of a commissioned officer, especially whilst on foreign service. The man on the right is a private in Marching Order.
The bottom picture on this page represents a detachment of the Army Ordnance Corps loading a truck at the Government siding, which connects the camp with London, Southampton, and all ports of embarkation. Here daily officers and men are busily engaged in sending munitions of war to foreign stations.