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On 25 April 1915, they sailed from Southampton to Le Havre on board the SS Maidan & HMT Mattaran. There were 90 waggons, 4 officers, 155 Other Ranks and 211 horses. After two days stay in Le Havre they took a train to Neuville, a suburb of Montreuil-sur-Mer, near Le Touquet.

From Le Havre the 1st Battalion Park Reserve moved up the coast. Some men moved into the 1st Train Division to fill the losses, the rest provided a service of horse-pulled waggons to other units to fetch and carry supplies.

On 23 Sept 1916 Sidney was transferred to the 1st Division Train. This was a unit of the Army Service Corps made up of four companies, later titled 437, 438, 439 and 440 Companies ASC. Without knowing which company Sidney was in, we don’t know where he would have gone, though these are all North-East of Amiens:

1 Coy to fill HQ at Senlis-en-Sec, NW of Albert

2 Coy to Val-de-Maison

3 Coy to Herissart

4 Coy to Worloy

The 1st Train Division moved around the Front until the end of 1918, as shown in the next map. Here they supported the front line by supplying food for 31000 men and 12000 horses and the transport of other supplies by horse and waggon for moving goods from the railheads to where they were camped..

One entry in the war diary for the 1st Bn Park Reserve describes the men fixing the narrow-gauge railway in Sausage Valley in the Somme.

The War Diary for the 1st Division Train describes the problems of trying to feed and keep fit so many horses in the cold, wet  and muddy conditions.

Sidney came safely through all this, having served nearly five years, and was discharged as a Driver in  April 1919.

NB: It was thought that this division was involved in the Light Railways, however the railways were run by the Tramway Operating Companies.

Presumably ‘Division Train’ is used in the sense of ‘waggon train’.

Sidney 1300 Gotts #034 Canadian Army - 2

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