While stationed at Mena, soldiers underwent training. In this passage we can see that various ranks were sent to develop different skills, including an Officer’s Riding School.
Officers rode alongside their men on route marches (although Lieutenant Harding mentioned that he sometimes marched on foot) and so needed to know how to ride a horse competently. While many would be skilled due to their lives pre-war, horse riding being a common mode of transport, some required training.
Brigade Route March. Battalion on duty.
Brigade Field day. Lieut Leigh to hospital.
Normal Camp Routine. 1 Officer and 2 N.C.O.s to ZEITOUN for Bombing Course.
Church Parade. 4 Signalling N.C.O.s detailed to attend Course with RE.
Brigade Route March. Battalion on duty. Lecture to Officers by G.O.C. 54th division during afternoon.
Normal Routine. 2 Officers and 20 other ranks detailed to attend course of instruction in transport work with Divisional Artillery.
Normal Camp Routine. 6 Officers attend riding school with Divisional Artillery.
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