messing officers course 626

Discussion in 'General' started by kmvenables, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. kmvenables

    kmvenables Dr Harry Walker

    Dear all - my father's wartime RAMC records mention that 2 months after he joined he went on a 10-day 'Messing Officers Course 626' - what does this mean. 10 days was quite long for a course in wartime. Kate
  2. JDKR

    JDKR Member

    I suspect it was pretty normal for newly-joined officers to be clobbered with attendance on a messing course. I have a course photo of my father's attendance on a messing officers' course, which he attended just after joining 2 KRRC. I would like to see the course syllabus as 10 days (ie 2 x working weeks) does seem a touch long. I imagine the course was mainly concerned with learning the skills of ration accounting rather than how to create exciting recipes with egg powder, bully beef and lard. John
  3. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    I guess Canadian Officer’s learned to “mess” faster (or they weren’t as “refined” as British Messing courses)’s a snapshot of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada war diaries

    Pippingford Park, Sussex, England 7 Jan 1942
    0900 Trng continued. Capt Richard Malone brother of Lt A.V. Malone, Sigs offcier attached for 8 week period.
    1330 Bde Boxing committee meeting under Major Hachey, N Shore R for Bde Bouts 15 and 17 Jan.
    Lt C.N. Bradshaw left on two day Messing Course under Cdn Corps “G.”
  4. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Actually, here’s the section out of QR&O’s.....I imagine KR&O’s would be very similar

    Regimental Messing Officer. In units where there is no food services officer or food services warrant officer cover, a regimental officer is to be appointed as the messing officer and ration account holder, who, prior to taking up the appointment, should have attended a messing officers course; the tenure of the appointment should be for a term of not less than six months.

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