Regular Saturday inspection was the “curse of our young lives,” wrote Archie, causing “considerable torment to the boys.” (1)
“Everything but our regulation kit has to be out of sight somehow. A signal is sent through the huts and if anything is about it is relegated to any place at all, usually the ash can.” (1)
And in the aftermath of Christmas, there must have been a lot of stuff to get out of sight. Bertie Cox told his brother that “at least 150 Xmas boxes of eatables have come into our hut within the last 3 weeks [he was writing on January 7th] so we have been just living on cake and candy.” (2)
Inspection of the stables, on a day like today of heavy rain, was worse: “We have to get everything fixed up, steel shining, horses clean and the stable so spick and span that you could eat of [sic] the floor.” (1)
(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 3:121-122. December 30, 1916. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) Cox, Bertram Howard. Letter to his brother Carl, January 7, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
The undated photograph is of Army Service Corps stables. © IWM (Q 34106)