Topic: AIF - Lighthorse
Australian Light Horse
Roles within the Regiment
The following entries dealing with the roles and duties within the hierarchy of a light horse regiment are extracted from a very informative handbook called The Bushman’s Military Guide, 1898. While written in 1898, the information contained in the entries held true for the next twenty years with only minor modifications with the principles remaining as current then as now.
The principal fuel used in the field is wood. It will at times be found necessary to use peat or turf, which has been before alluded to, cow or horse dung; this should be mixed well with any rubbish, grass, leaves, etc., and formed into convenient pieces for use in the trenches, and placed in the sun to dry, This is the principal fuel of the poorer classes in warm climates. On the river Nile the banks may be seen lined with this description of fuel drying in the sun. Fir cones and dried furse bushes are excellent for kindling purposes. In using wood it is necessary to cut it into short pieces, and split it lengthways, or otherwise it would become charred and retain its heat. The daily allowance of wood at home is 3 lb., on active service 2 lb.
Citation: Australian Light Horse, Roles within the Regiment, Wood