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Looking at my grandfathers files from Canadian military archives WW 1. He was in the medical corps as a stretcher bearer. One of his tasks was to be put on water detail. Would anyone know what being on water detail would encompass ?

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    I don't feel qualified to give a full answer. This thing I found explains it. vlib.us/medical/coll256.htm -Daily supervision of water-supply and its purification for drinking purposes by boiling, filtration, or the addition of chemicals, as may be directed. -Charge of all apparatus and stores connected with the water-supply of the unit. The Water Detail takes charge of the water-carts with the unit, and the issue of water to the troops. Where natural water-supplies are used, they are responsible for the care of the watering-places, and will regulate the use of same. – Almo Jan 4 at 19:33
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    @Almo - I think in this case, if you are capable of clicking the "Post your answer" button, you are probably qualified. :-) – T.E.D. Jan 4 at 19:55
  • ask Indy youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar – sofa general Jan 4 at 20:04
  • @T.E.D. haha ok, there it is. :) – Almo Jan 4 at 20:22
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An excerpt from this site

http://www.vlib.us/medical/coll256.htm

which describes itself as

The following lecture on Sanitation and Hygiene is taken from the book, "Military Organisation and Administration" published by Major G. R. N. Collins, 4th. Battn. Canadians Instructor, Canadian Military School, in 1918. Major Collins was incapacitated from general service in the field and was appointed to the Canadian Military School where he gave lectures to several thousands of Officers of the Canadian Forces.

describes what a "water detail" is:

The Regimental Water Detail is posted to the unit from the Medical Corps, the numbers varying according to the size of the unit. They are responsible for--

  1. Daily supervision of water-supply and its purification for drinking purposes by boiling, filtration, or the addition of chemicals, as may be directed.

  2. Charge of all apparatus and stores connected with the water-supply of the unit.

The Water Detail takes charge of the water-carts with the unit, and the issue of water to the troops. Where natural water-supplies are used, they are responsible for the care of the watering-places, and will regulate the use of same.

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    1918, after being incapacitated in the field? And Canadian to boot? Not sure how much more authoritative than this it can get. – T.E.D. Jan 4 at 22:15
  • The skeptic in me says, "anybody can put any text on a web page" and without going and checking the alleged source material, how reliable is a web page? But you're right. This does look like a really good source. – Almo Jan 4 at 22:18
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    Well, if someone is really wanting to check, here appears to be a copy of the book online. – T.E.D. Jan 4 at 22:24
  • Wow, that's really cool. Looks like it's signed in '33. – Almo Jan 5 at 4:38

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