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Officers Mess Cart

It is often said that an army marches on its stomach, and accordingly each battalion would have 5 Mess Carts to carry rations and cooking utensils. These light two-wheeled vehicles, which were popular after the war as market carts and floats, are unusual, for a military vehicle, in having springs, almost certainly for the benefit of the eggs, rather than of the driver. A canvas tilt could be fitted which gave some protection to the rations. The RLC Mess Cart was built in 1918 and is awaiting some further restoration, including the replacement of its canvas tilt, but after a hundred years is still used regularly for driver training and displays at historical events.