“Mule is the main topic in camp just now. The DAC [Divisional Ammunition Column]  is to have all mules and each battery will have ten for general services. No one has any use for mules and judging by general principles they have no use for anyone. They have one bad habit. That is, kicking and if they can’t reach you they bite you. They never give you warning….

“Two hundred mules reached camp yesterday and everyone was afraid to go near them. There were grey mules, black mules, roan mules, all colour of mules. They kicked the feed pans out of everyone’s hands and ate through their tie ropes.”(1)

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary.3: 73-74 October 17, 1916. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.

The image [© IWM (Q 15810)] is from the Imperial War Museum: it shows mules in training in Egypt during World War I, but their behaviour would have been recognizable in Witley Camp.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”



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