33rd Battalion AIF Routine Order No.135 NOT TO BE TAKEN IN FRONT LINE TRENCHES
33rd BATTALION A.I.F.
ROUTINE ORDER NO.135
Lieutenant-Colonel LJ Morshead,
Chappelle d'Armentières, 14th December, 1916
FROST COGS 1311
Quarter Master will submit indents to D.A.D.O.S. for wrenches, taps, etc. on the following scale:
For each farrier and shoeing-smith ... Taps 3/8" - 1
Taps 1/2" - 1
wrenches - 1
In addition to the above for every four horses
Of which 25% of the taps will be 3/8"
And 75% of the taps will be 1/2"
For mules all taps will be 3/8"
S.O.S. SIGNALS 1312
Company Commanders must see that every officer in their command and every platoon Sergeant fully understands the instructions for the use of this signal.
REPAIRING WIRE 1313
Repairs to wire should be concentrated in the following order of importance.
The gaps being weakest should have the strongest wire defences.
STORAGE OF AMMUNITION 1314
It is essential to have ammunition boxes inserted in parapet in trenches for the dry storage of hand grenades and loose S.A.A. These boxes should be so placed as to minimise the weakness to the parapet and at the same time give protection to the bombs from shellfire. The boxes should have a flap of hessian over the face to prevent rain beating in. Companies will report to Battalion H.Q. when work is completed.
In order to safeguard the British troops billeted in NIEPPE from mumps contagion buildings in the village of NIEPPE will be out of bounds to all troops of this Battalion until further notice. This must be read to troops by all concerned.
Reference R.O.133, para 1299, Companies and HQ sections need only report number, rank and name of casualties. This must be done by runner immediately such casualties occur. All other information will be supplied by Battalion Headquarters. All officers and other ranks reported "Missing" and who eventually return to their Companies, etc should be at once shown in casualty lists.
FOOT TRAFFIC 1317
Men passing backwards and forward from the front must not use the LILLE-ARMENTIERES railway line. There is a good track inside the hedge on north side of the line and this must invariably be used.
REGISTRATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS 1318
Any British Columbian soldier serving with this Battalion will register his name at Battalion HQ by 15th inst. for purpose of voting in connection with Referenda on Prohibition and Female Suffrage in British Columbia.
Companies must make provision for men who are kept at Regimental Aid Posts for medical attention. Rations for such men to be promptly despatched to Sgt Cook at the Battalion HQ otherwise patients may have nothing to eat.
(Signed) RC Jones 2/Lt.
Adjutant. 33rd Battalion A.I.F
33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary