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tributed among the six internal branches. In addition to the correspondence carried on with the public, the Record Office is called upon to deal with an increasing number of inter-office and departmental enquiries, which in many cases necessitate referen' e to the soldiers' documents.
The Quarter-Master-General is responsible for the organization, administration and technical training of all transport, remount, railway supply, barrack, ordnance, and veterinary services; patterns of clothing, equipment and ordnance stores; holding and issuing all military stores; arrangements for postal services, etc., etc.
The organization under the Q.M.G. includes: (1) the Director-General of Supplies and Transports, among whose many responsibilities are included all questions in connection with transport and conveyance of stores, and the provision, repair and administration of transport vessels, also all questions in regard to railways and supply of railway stores; (2) a Director-General of Clothing and Equipment who is also Principal Ordnance Officer, and therefore responsible for the receiving, storing, and accounting for and distribution of all clothing, necessaries, stores, guns, ammunition, vehicles, and all other warlike stores except those of a technical medical nature. The grand total of the strength of the Canadian Ordnance Corps at the outbreak of war was 295. In April, 1916, it had increased to 534.
The Mechanical Transport Section, including a School of Mechanical Transport instruction, is also included in the department of the Q.M.G.
Under the Master-General of the Ordnance are:
The Director of Artillery, charged with all matters
connected with guns generally, as well as sites and
design of coast defence works;
The Director-General of Engineer Services, whose work since the war has developed into two main branches:
(a) The mobilization and training of the various units and drafts of Engineers for overseas.