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 kitchen should at all times be kept as clean as possible.
On receipt of the wood, it should be built up in one or two stacks, according to the amount received, on either side of the chimney. This will allow the front of the kitchen to be kept clear for the cooks to dish up, etc. After each meal the cook should understand that his first care is the trench. It must be kept clean, and nothing in the shape of wood, knives, etc., be allowed to remain upon it. In the evening the cook will, if necessary, repair his trench with clay or turf. He should then lay his fires as previously mentioned, and replace the kettles, the whole of the cooks assisting in the general clearing up. The intervals between the trenches should be swept downwards into the transverse trench, the front portion of the latter being swept upwards, it and the trench swept from end to end. No fuel should be wasted, wood only partly consumed, having been previously used, to lay the fires. The work must not be considered finished until everything is left in readiness for the morning.
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Citation: Australian Light Horse, Roles within the Regiment, Kitchen