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S/Sgt Vince 349 DUS ASC Mesopotamia 1916-17


ROD WEALE

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Good morning

I have the Service Record of Charles Henry Vince as listing him as being posted to 349 DUS? Seems it was part of 64th Division which was a Home Service Division before he was posted to Mesopotamia in Oct 1916. He died of heat stroke in July 1917. In a letter to the Cranleigh Parish Magazine he refers to a 16 mile forced march and arriving with a small unit to find no water!! So was DUS a small unit?

Any help would be most welcome.

Regards

Rod Weale

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DUS = Depot Unit of Supply. These were small unit involved in the holding and accounting of supplies as they moved along the resupply chain.

All the best,

Gary

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A bit more on Depot Units of Supply from the CASC perspective. They were small units - 28 men all ranks - and the four DUS with the First Canadian Contingent were located at the port of Boulogne. They received the supplies, organized them and sent them forward in daily "pack trains". An officer from a DUS conducted the supplies forward and turned them over to the Officer Commanding the Railhead Supply Depot. From there, the supplies went forward by truck and then horse transport to the units.

All the best,

Gary

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Cheers Gary

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