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68   DAYS OF PREPARATION

(b) Engineer Services—construction and maintenance of military works and buildings as in peace time, with the addition of housing of troops mobilized in Canada in winter, and fitting up their training areas in summer.

  1. The Superintendent Dominion Arsenal.

  2. The Chief Inspector of Arms and Ammunition.

  3. The Chairman Small Arms Committee.

The Branch of the Accountant and Paymaster-General has five Divisions. The number employed in each on three different dates, viz.: August 1st, 1914; January 1st, 1915; and April 1st, 1916, is as follows:

 

August

January

April

 

1,

1914

1,

1915

1, 1916

Accounts Division   

 

14

 

25

50

Pay Audit Division....

 

10

 

25

70

Separation   Allowance

and   Assigned   Pay

Division   

 

0

 

42

250

Stores Audit Division.

 

11

 

13

15

Pension Division   

 

0

 

0

7

Total   35   105   392

The sudden demands made upon all these various departments were met in a manner that will only be appreciated when the public attention is no longer focussed on details, when it is far enough away not to be distracted by the aspect of individual trees and can survey the forest.

Four companies of the Canadian Army Service Corps were mobilized at Valcartier when the First Division was in process of organization. All arrangements for provisioning and supply were complete on the arrival of the troops. Over a hundred special trains and more than thirty steamships transported them without accident or loss. Clothes, horses, vehicles, stores of all kinds, all ordnance depots from Winnipeg east were depleted to pour into Valcartier. More stores and equipment were shipped over in huge quantities to be


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