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Town Major


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What did a town major do?

Was his job basically admin and discipline within a certain area and was the 'role' only in certian large places like Ypres/Albert?

I notice that one of the officers to hold this job in Ypres in 1915 was 'only a Captain'.......

Discuss in no less than 5,000 words!

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Good description, officer in charge of a town or area, Ypres being a good example. responsible for all aspects billeting if staying in the area, who went where and allocated what accomodation, discipline in conjuction with adjutant general and military police etc. Could be any rank hence only a captain, Edmund Blunden describes his time as a "tunnel-major" in the dug outs up on Observatory Ridge. Only a lieutenant he had to send back to his general to get an order stating that "in the tunnels the word of the tunnels major is law" as he tried to evict a Lt-colonel and his battalion who had taken up accomodation there not allocated to them and who were refusing to move.

probably a thankless task as junior type officers tried to establish their authority over higher ranking ones. SG

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Click here for more about the town major. Great minds must flow along similar channels because this is the third time in as many weeks that the question has been asked.

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Good description, officer in charge of a town or area, Ypres being a good example. responsible for all aspects billeting if staying in the area, who went where and allocated what accomodation, discipline in conjuction with adjutant general and military police etc. Could be any rank hence only a captain, Edmund Blunden describes his time as a "tunnel-major" in the dug outs up on Observatory Ridge. Only a lieutenant he had to send back to his general to get an order stating that "in the tunnels the word of the tunnels major is law" as he tried to evict a Lt-colonel and his battalion who had taken up accomodation there not allocated to them and who were refusing to move.

probably a thankless task as junior type officers tried to establish their authority over higher ranking ones. SG

Chris,

Thanks are you over next month in Belgium??

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No just missed me out with the Birmingham wfa in Ypres last week SG

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