Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Quartermaster-Sergeant Edwin Lionel Freudemacher

From G. K. Rose, The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

“THOUGH used to being told that our army was the best fed of any in the war, few English people have any idea how rations reached the line. They came up every day from the Base by train as far as Railhead which meant a convenient station as far forward as possible while still being outside the range of ordinary German guns and were thence conveyed, normally in lorries, by the A.S.C. to the various ‘ refilling points ‘ assigned to Infantry Brigades. From the refilling point, which was only a stretch of the roadside, the Transport collected the Battalion’s rations and delivered them to the Quartermaster’s stores ; and by means of the Transport the Quartermaster, after their necessary division between companies, fowarded rations to the front line. Latterly it was rarely possible to cook in the trenches and it never was during active operations, so to Murray, our Quartermaster, and his staff fell the duty of sending up cooked food. It is impossible for me here to explain the system practised; but by means of food-containers, specially improvised from petrol tins and rammed into packs stuffed with hay, we were able to supply the men with hot food in the front line. Murray’s organisation was excellent, and the four Company Quartermaster-Sergeants Holder, Freudemacher, Taylor, and Beechey and the Company Cooks earned equal credit in the performance of these important duties, which never miscarried.”

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