Some of the lads from the 10th Essex and our friends from the 2nd Battalion Border Regiment Great War Living History at Brooklands Museum in the autumn of last year.
Mobility for soldiers during the great war came in a number of different forms. In an age of truly mechanised industrial warfare, men could be carried to the front by truck, train, boat, horse drawn carts, omnibusses and even during the early days of the war the French deployed hundreds of men by the use of Taxi cabs! (Imagine the fare for that!)
However… with all those methods, wild and varied that they were, it was often down to men marching to the front to get into position. The withdrawal from the battle of Mons was not a quick hop on the 12:15 to Calais, it was a pressed march all the way. Soldiers feet bled from the 100+ miles marched in short succession.
‘Boots, boots, boots, boots, there’s no Discharge from the war’