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The Army Service Corps

Introduction

A Corps of Wagoners was formed in 1794, which in 1799, became the Royal Wagon Train. This was disbanded in 1833.

The Land Transport Corps was formed for service in the Crimean War; at the end of the campaign it became the Military Train organised as a Cavalry Regiment.

In 1870 an Army Service Corps was formed only to be split up in 1881 into two separate Corps, the Commissariat and Transport Corps and the Ordnance Store Corps (later the Royal Ordnance Corps).

In 1889, the former Corps was again organised as the second Army Service Corps. There had been constant friction between the old control officers and the combatant officers; the former were said to be no officers at all but civilians. The Royal Warrant transferred the mere clerks into combatants and the department was no longer despised.

On 1 August 1914, the Army Service Corps had 498 officers and 5,900 other ranks. At the outbreak of the Great War the Corps was providing rations and forage for 186,400 men and 28,742 animals. The Corps was divided into three main divisions:

  • Horse Transport div – included Farriers, Sadlers and Wheelers. It had main depôts at Aldershot and Woolwich
  • Mechanical Transport div – provided drivers for all the Field Ambulances. It had main depôts at Winchester and Bulford.
  • Supply div – included bakers, butchers, clerks, packers and loaders. It had scattered depôts at Deptford, Avonmouth, Liverpool, Northampton, Manchester, Newhaven, Reading, Leeds, Glasgow and Southampton.

The Army Service Corps became a Royal Corps in 1918, in recognition of its services during the Great War (Army Order 362 dated November 1918).

The Land Transport Corps

1855 Land Transport Corps

The following were buried in 1855:

  • 3 Oct Pte Joseph Hulett aged 20 years Land Transport Corps.
  • 10 Dec Stephen Warren Land Transport Corps.
  • 24 Dec William Gowlange Land Transport Corps.

1856 Land Transport Corps

The following were buried in 1856:

  • 7 Feb Pte William Surridgo Land Transport Corps.
  • 19 Mar Joseph Taylor Land Transport Corps.
  • 9 July William Mercer Land Transport Corps.

The Army Service Corps

1871 Army Service Corps

A sergeant of the Army Service Corps died during the year.

1872 Army Service Corps

1873 Army Service Corps

1874 Army Service Corps

1875 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 10 men. It had 6 admissions into hospital with 1 death.

1876 Army Service Corps

1877 Army Service Corps

1878 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men. It had 4 admissions into hospital with 2 deaths. 2 invalids were returned to England.

1879 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men. It had 2 admissions into hospital. 1 invalid was returned to England.

1880 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 15 men. It had 2 admissions into hospital with 1 death.

1881 Army Service Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 7 men. There was one admission into hospital.

1882 Commissariat and Transport Corps

1883 Commissariat and Transport Corps

1884 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 8 men.

1885 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 8 men. There were 5 admissions into hospital.

1886 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 6 men.

1887 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 13 men with 6 admissions into hospital.

1888 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men with 4 admissions into hospital and 1 death.

18 Aug 1888 SSgt J Flack Commissariat and Transport Corps aged 32 years, was buried in Pietà Cemetery.

1889 Army Service Corps

1889 Strength: 8 men.

1890 Army Service Corps

July 1890 Strength: 15 men.

1891 Army Service Corps

1891 Strength: 17 men.

17 Aug 1891 Child W A Spears aged 1 year 1 month was buried in Pietà Military Cemetery.

1892 Army Service Corps

1892 Strength: 17 men.

1893 Army Service Corps

1893 Strength: 19 men.

1894 Army Service Corps

1894 Strength: 18 men.

1895 Army Service Corps

1895 Strength: 20 men.

1896 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 20 men.

1897 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 37 men. It had 12 admissions (324.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with no deaths. 2 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 1.11 (30/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.95 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 33.76 days.

On 24 Mar 1897, a detachment of the ASC served in Crete as part of the Cretan International Force.

1898 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 41 men. It had 16 admissions (390.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (48.78/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 1.62 (39.51/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.42 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 36.96 days.

The men were at the Old Laboratory, Valletta with a detachment in Crete at the beginning of the year.

17 Oct 1898 Pte Reginald Everitt aged 20 years, died at Cottonera and was buried in Rinella Military Cemetery.

1899 Army Service Corps

1 Jan 1899 Strength: 27 men.

1900 Army Service Corps

1 Jan 1900 Strength: 17 men.

1901 Army Service Corps

1901 Strength: 25 men.

1902 Army Service Corps

1903 Army Service Corps

1903 No 70 Transport Coy ASC was stationed at the Old Laboratory Barracks Valletta. It had its main office at the Auberge de France.

1904 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1905 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC shared the Old Laboratory Barracks with the Army Pay Corps, Military Foot Police and Garrison Staff. The barracks consisted of four rooms at an upper level and two at a lower level. The barracks was unsuitable as accommodation. It was cramped and poorly ventilated with inadequate water and drainage supply.

24 Apr 1905 Burial in Rinella Military Cemetery of Alice Maud Mary Birch aged 42 years ASC 10 Strada Palazzo del Vescovo Vittoriosa.

1906 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

10 July 1906 Burial of CSM W. N. Chapman 70 Coy ASC aged 36 years 9 months at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 4, Grave 2).

24 SepBurial in Rinella Military Cemetery of Sgt James Armitage aged 28 years ASC Valletta.

1907 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

14 May Burial in Rinella Military Cemetery of SSgt Maj 1st Class Charles Foster Williams aged 42 years 2 months of 17 Howard Street Sliema.

1908 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1909 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1910 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1911 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1912 Army Service Corps

No 46 Transport Coy ASC

1913 Army Service Corps

No 6 Transport Coy ASC

1914 Army Service Corps

5 Aug 1914 Under the provisions of the Defence Scheme a large number of hired transport was engaged for the troops proceeding to war stations and for permanent duty as long as they remained there. This was dismissed on 2 October except for the transport required by the 1st London Infantry Brigade.

3 Sep No 40 Transport Coy ASC left Malta. Assistant Director Stores and Transport (ADST), 2 WOs and 18 NCOs and men Supply Section; 29 NCOs and men Horse Transport section embarked for England.

12 Sep 1914 1st London Brigade Coy ASC (T) arrived on S.S. Kelvin Grove.

1915 Army Service Corps

15 Apr 1915 1st London Brigade Company ASC (T) moved from Fort Mosta to Valletta. Fort Mosta was dismantled and handed over to the Royal Engineers.

1916 Army Service Corps

1917 Army Service Corps

19 Dec 1917 Baptism in the Barracca Church Valletta of Eunice Mary Curtis born on 19 November 1917, daughter of 1st Class SSgt Major George William Curtis and Emma Lilian, resident at ASC Stores Marsa.

1918 Army Service Corps

1919 Royal Army Service Corps

1920 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 603 Mechanical Transport Coy. – Left by Oct 1923.
  • No 1005 Horse Transport Coy. – Left by 1 Nov 1920.
  • Detachment 10 Officers, 266 men.

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1920:

  • 4 Apr Edna Rose Ward born on 25 February 1920, twin daughter of Sgt John Charles James Sellears Ward RASC and Ethel Mary, resident at No 2 B Block, Msida Bastion Floriana.
  • 4 Apr Ethel May Ward born on 25 February 1920, twin daughter of Sgt John Charles James Sellears Ward RASC and Ethel Mary, resident at No 2 B Block, Msida Bastion Floriana.
  • 23 May Evelyn Melita Stott born on 12 April 1920, daughter of SQMS Charles Edward Frank Stott and Elizabeth Sarah, resident at No 1 C Block, Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 17 June Ronald Terence Bodiam born on 1 June 1920, son of SSgt Major William Albert Bodiam and Maggie Annie, resident at No 11 B Block, Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 3 Oct Eric Fletcher born on 13 September 1920, son of Pte Norman Fletcher and Aida Daisy, resident at A Block, Floriana Barracks.
  • 5 Dec Reginald Albert Edwin Blackburn born on 9 October 1920, son of SSgt Reginald Thomas Blackburn and Minnie, resident at Floriana.

1921 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 603 Mechanical Transport Coy
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1921) – 8 Officers, 212 Rank and File.
    2. Strength (1 June 1921) – 4 Officers, 63 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (1 June 1921) – 7 Officers, 31 Rank and File.

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1921:

  • 20 Feb Gordon William Dawson born on 15 November 1920, son of Sgt Major William James Dawson and Norah Edith, resident at No 3 B Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 28 Feb George Albert Pink born on 16 February 1921, son of Sgt William Charles Pink and Catherine Blenkin, resident at No 6 D Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 6 Mar Frederick Henry Pearson born on 19 February 1921, son of Driver-Wheeler Henry Pearson and Lilian May, resident at No 16 C Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 8 May Thomas William Stimson born on 19 April 1921, son of Sgt Edward Charles Stimson and Norah, resident at No 7 B Block Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 15 May Kenneth Owen Donald born on 25 March 1921, son of Sgt Albert Donald and Hannah Owen, resident at No 6 A Block Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 26 June Doris Audrey Walter born on 13 April 1921, daughter of Sgt Herbert Francis Walter and Doris Annie, resident at Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 13 July Lewis John Ricketts born on 16 June 1921, son of SSM Henry Thomas Ricketts and Katie Edith, resident at Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 16 Oct Violet Mabel Ward born on 29 August 1921, daughter of Sgt John Charles Ward and Mary Ethel, resident at Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 6 Nov Stanley James Goreham born on 14 October 1921, son of SSgt Ernest James Goreham and Elizabeth Manda, resident at Msida Bastion, Floriana.
  • 14 Nov Doreen Marjorie Robertson born on 20 October 1921, daughter of Lt Rollo Robertson RASC and Lilian May, resident at Auberge d'Aragon Valletta.

1922 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 603 Mechanical Transport Coy
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1922): 3 Officers, 41 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment

22 Jan 1922 Baptism in the Barracca Church Valletta of Leslie Fletcher born on 22 October 1921, son of Pte Norman Fletcher and Ada Daisy, of Floriana.

1923 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 603 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1923): 2 Officers, 46 Rank and File. Left by 1 July 1923.
  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 July 1923): 2 Officers, 66 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment.
    1. Strength (1 July 1923): 5 Officers, 19 Rank and File.

1924 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 July 1924): 1 Officers, 54 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment.
    1. Strength (1 July 1924): 5 Officers, 18 Rank and File.

1925 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1925): 3 Officers, 55 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1925): 5 Officers, 15 Rank and File.

1926 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1926): 3 Officers, 56 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1926): 5 Officers, 23 Rank and File.

1927 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1927): 3 Officers, 57 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1927): 5 Officers, 23 Rank and File.

1928 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1928): 3 Officers, 56 Rank and File.
  • Heavy Transport and Supply Detachment (from July 1928)
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1928): 5 Officers, 22 Rank and File.

1929 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1929): 3 Officers, 63 Rank and File.
  • Heavy Transport and Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1929): 6 Officers, 22 Rank and File.

1930 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1930): 3 Officers, 57 Rank and File.
  • Heavy Transport and Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1930): 5 Officers, 25 Rank and File.

1931 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1931): 3 Officers, 60 Rank and File.
  • Heavy Transport and Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (1 Jan 1931): 6 Officers, 19 Rank and File.

1932 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1932): 60 Rank and File.
  • Heavy Transport and Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1932): 34 Rank and File.

1933 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1933): 61 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1933): 34 Rank and File.

1934 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1934): 62 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1934): 32 Rank and File.

1935 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 June 1935): 63 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (30 June 1935): 32 Rank and File.

1936 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 June 1936): 62 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (30 June 1936): 33 Rank and File.

1937 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1937): 55 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (31 Dec 1937): 33 Rank and File.

1938 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 June 1938): 60 Rank and File.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (30 June 1938): 34 Rank and File.

1939 RASC

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 June 1939): 3 Officers, 57 Rank and Files.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (30 June 1939): 23 Officers, 130 Rank and Files.

1940 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 June 1940): 5 Officers, 126 Rank and Files.
  • Supply Detachment
    1. Strength (30 June 1940): 52 Rank and Files.

1941 RASC

The Royal Army Service Corps in Malta consisted of:

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy.
    1. Strength (30 Sep 1941): 7 Officers, 452 Rank and Files.
  • No 15 Fld Ambulance.
    1. Strength (30 Sep 1941): 1 officer.
  • No 161 Fld Ambulance.
    1. Strength (30 Sep 1941): 1 officer, 50 men.
  • "D" Infantry Bde.
    1. Strength (30 Sep 1941): 4 men.

22 Dec 1941 60582 L/Cpl Briffa RASC (Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)) sustained a slight splinter injury to his right ear. He was treated at the naval sick bay St George's Barracks.

1942 Royal Army Service Corps

27 June 1942 Strength: 41 Officers, 786 men.

  • No 32 Mechanical Transport Coy
  • Transport and Barrack Services
  • Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)

1943 Royal Army Service Corps

31 Mar 1943 Strength: 66 Officers 934 men.

  • Base Supply Depôt
  • Detail Issue Depôt – Strength: 140 men.
  • General Transport Depôt
    1. 32 GT
    2. 651 GT
  • Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)

1944 Royal Army Service Corps

31 Mar 1944 Strength: 52 Officers 747 men.

  • Base Supply Depôt
  • Detail Issue Depôt
    1. 40 DID
    2. 140 DID
  • General Transport Depôt
    1. 32 GT
    2. 651 GT
  • Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)

1945 Royal Army Service Corps

30 June 1945 Strength: 39 Officers 363 men.

  • Base Supply Depôt
  • Detail Issue Depôt
    1. 40 DID
    2. 170 DID
    3. 170 DID
  • General Transport Depôt
    1. 32 GT
    2. 651 GT
    3. 689 GT
  • Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)

1946 Royal Army Service Corps

1947 Royal Army Service Corps

1948 Royal Army Service Corps

1949 Royal Army Service Corps

1949 Strength: 26 Officers and 234 men

  • Base Supply Depôt
  • Detail Issue Depôt
    1. 40 DID
    2. 170 DID
    3. 170 DID
  • No 32 General Transport Coy
  • No 651 General Transport Coy
  • Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI) – Strength: 9 Officers, 19 men.

1950 Royal Army Service Corps

1951 Royal Army Service Corps

1952 Royal Army Service Corps

1953 Royal Army Service Corps

1954 Royal Army Service Corps

1955 Royal Army Service Corps

1956 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1956, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 50 civilians.
OIC Barracks was Major (QM) G C Skinner RASC.

Owing to a reduction in the establishment, the Barrack Stores at St Andrews closed down on 31 March 1956.

The Kerosene store at Marsamxetto closed on 1 July 1956 and issues were taken over by 67 Supply Depôt RASC.

Misc and Disc items store in the basement of Montgomery House closed on 1 October 1956 and the stores were transferred to St George's Barrack Stores.

1957 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1957, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 41 civilians.
OIC Barracks was Major (QM) G C Skinner RASC.

During Op Musketeer the invasion of Egypt to capture the Suez Canal, the increased strength of the garrison placed a strain on the Barrack Store, especially with regard to laundry services for barrack linen. Two additional labourers were engaged.

1958 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1958, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 34 civilians, including 1 civilian officer, 7 clerks, 1 typist and 25 industrial employees.
OIC Barracks was Major C J Cole RASC.

A barrack office inspection was carried out by Major R E Wilkinson RASC, Barrack Inspectorate.

1959 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1959, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer, 1 civilian officer and 37 civilian employees.
OIC Barracks was Major C J Cole RASC.

In March 1959, the Transport Offices of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer, 1 other ranks and 2 civilian employees.
OIC Transport was Major E Sedwick RASC.

Bibliography

  • TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.
  • TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
  • TNA:WO 305/1086. Royal Army Service Corps, Barrack Services Malta April 1955 – March 1959.
  • TNA:WO 156/599. Baptism Register of the Barracca Church Valletta from 18 August 1916 to 6 November 1949.