More on spurs

One of the great things about sending out a newsletter is the information we get back.  Not only does it show that the newsletter is being read, it is fantastic to be able to tap into the wealth of knowledge that people interested in the First World War.

After our previous pieces about wearing spurs, a newsletter reader got in touch to remind us:

It wasn’t just Artillery Officers who wore spurs as any horse-mounted units’ officers and soldiers wore them. Some of the units would have included any Cavalry Regiment; the Royal Horse Artillery; and even the good old Army Service Corps (who became the Royal Army Service Corps in April 1918). In the early stages of WW1 the internal combustion engine was almost non existent, and horse transport and narrow gauge railways were the main means on land of moving food, ammo, engineer stores, medical stores and the like

 Spurs are still worn by the Royal Logistic Corps (successor Corps to the RASC) Officers when wearing Mess Kit at formal functions. However when dancing they are removed!

I’m very pleased to note the last point!

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