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U.S. REMOUNT DEPOT NO. 7, MERIGNAC, FRANCE WW1
Remount Depot No. 7 was at Merignac, Gironde, France in the vicinity of Bordeaux.
Headquarters building, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Officers in front of Headquarters at Remount No. 7. Left to right, front row: 1st Lt. A. H. Conard, Commanding Officer of Troop H, 15th Cavalry Regiment; Capt. L. Victor Fromont, Q.M.C., No. 339 Remount Squadron; Capt. Harry, E. Reed, Q.M.C., Field Remount Station; No. 332 Remount Squadron; 2nd Lt. P. H. Caswell, receiving and shipping officer, Troop H, 15th Cavalry; Capt. James A. Kirk, Q.M.C., Depot Surgeon; 2nd Lt. A. H. Thayer, Q.M.C., Depot Quartermaster; 1st Lt. C. H. Cragoe, Q.M.C., Adjutant; Major F. J. Rosenberg, Depot Commander; 2nd Lt. Dwight F. Tinkham, Q.M.C., Assistant Adjutant, Personnel and Statistical Officer; 1st Lt. D. L. Proctor, V.C., Depot Veterinarian; 1st Lt. C. S. Parker, V.C., Assistant Veterinarian; 2nd Lt. Donald C. Jones, Assistant Receiving and Shipping Officer, Troop E, 15th Cavalry; Capt. John Vander Veer, Q.M.C., Commanding Officer of No. 326 Remount Squadron; 1st Lt. F. L. Misbou, Troop E, 15th Cavalry, Merignac, Bordeaux, France, December 10, 1918.
Unloading horses Transport ship Tarnade, Remount Depot No. 7, Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Stables and picket lines Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Stables Remount Depot No. 7 Section E, Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Remount Depot No. 7, view looking north showing barns. Merignac, Gironde, France, January 16, 1919.
Spraying mangers, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Gas Chamber, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Stables Section A, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Stables Section C, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Stables Section D Remount Depot No. 7 Section D, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Remount Depot No. 7 showing barns. Vicinity of Bordeaux, Merignac, Gironde, France, January 16, 1919.
Branding chutes, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Branding horses, Remount Depot No 7 Bordeaux, Gironde, France, December 8, 1918.
Shoeing horses in stocks, Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, Bordeaux, France, December 10, 1918
Dipping vat used for the purpose of curing infectious diseases. Liquid is ten feet deep and tank is capable of slushing sixty to seventy horses per hour. Solution in this tank contains Creolin. , Merignac, Bordeaux, France, December 10, 1918.
Two large and better grade of horses used for siege artillery purposes held by Capt. L Victor Fromont, commanding the No.339 Remount Squadron. Quartermaster Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, Bordeaux, France, December 10, 1918.
Clipping horses preparatory to banding at Quartermaster Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, Gironde, France, December 10, 1918
Equine (horse) operating table in use at Veterinary Hospital No. 4 at Quartermaster Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, Gironde, France, December 10, 1918
Remount Depot No. 7, view looking north showing barns. Merignac, Gironde, France, January 16, 1919
Merignac, Remount Depot No. 7. View showing mess hall and barns. Guidons above the doors in the above image are the 15th Cavalry, Troops H and E mess halls (left to right). Merignac, Gironde, France, January 16, 1919
Walter E. Werling, Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, France
Walter E. Werling, WWI 1918. Note: notice the Quartmaster Corps chevron on his right arm.
I found your contact information on your Ancestry.com page after "googling" << WWI Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, France>>. The photographs and film footage you have made accessible via the site links are fabulous!
While sorting through old boxes that my mother kept of my grandfather's belongings, I found, among other things, a document entitled "Regulations for Convoying animals Overland from Depots" that bears the heading "HEADQUARTERS, Remount Depot No. 7, Merignac, Base Section No. 2, A. P. C. No. 705". The document contains information about required Uniform & Equipment, Horse Equipment, Marching, Watering and Feeding, etc. It appears to be a two-sided form, the back of which is filled in with instructions for Convoy 58 departing from Rem. Depot 15, Souge March 21st 1919 destined for Hagetmau and details the route of March, overnight stops and amounts of hay and oats to be fed to animals. It indicates that the convoy would consist of 1 Officer, 13 Enlisted Men and 50 Mules.
I know virtually nothing about my grandfather's military service in WWI, other than that he served in France for a period of time. His name was Walter E. Werling, and, other than during his military service, he lived his entire life on a farm in Ossian, Indiana.
I thought that the Remount document that I found was very interesting and wanted to ask you if you are aware of an organization that may have an interest in it for its archives. If so, I would like to donate it. The original document is in reasonably decent shape (I tried to scan it to show you, but that did not work very well with my equipment). I enjoyed seeing your grandfather's photos and am attaching several of my grandfathers, in his uniform and on a mule (presumably at the Depot, he is the one on the left), for you to see.
Thank you very much for your help.
P.S. Greg, I would be delighted if you wish to make a post of my grandfather. I will try taking the photos that I sent to you previously to a store and attempt to get better resolution of them. The one of him sitting on a mule is actually printed as a French postcard (the back of the photo says "Carte Postale" and has a designated spot for "Correspondence" and "Adresse".) The picture of him playing the bugle in 1976 was taken when he was 82 years old. He was extremely proud of still being able to wear his WWI uniform. I will try to get higher resolution copies made and send them to you.
I know that my grandfather always played the bugle, but am not certain about his official assignments while he was in the service. I know that he worked with the horses and mules - - I have loved and owned horses nearly all of my life and still remember him coming to watch me ride when I was growing up. My mother told me that in addition to working with horses, he was eventually called upon to assist with interpreter and "intelligence" work, since he had grown up speaking German at home. I would be happy to put together a brief write-up about my grandfather for you and email it to you.
Very best regards,
My grandfather Walter E. Werling (left) and Louis Young WWI 1919, France
Walter E. Werling , Bluffton, Indiana, June 1976
Note: This is an extremely important document to our study of the veterinary and remount service during WW1. In this document we can see for the first time what is contained in an overland convoy of animals by the veterinary and remount service. I would like to thank Connie for sharing this wonderful document with us that was saved by her grandfather Walter E. Werling, this page is dedicated to his memory - Greg Krenzelok, Veterinary Corps Website.
Original copy page 1
Original copy page 2
Re-worked copy page 1
Re-worked copy page 2
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U.S. ARMY VETERINARY CORPS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION GROUP
Motto: “Illic est Vires in Numerus” There is Strength in Numbers
“Working Hard to Preserve Our Country’s History wherever it is being lost”
U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group is a group of individuals that are concerned about the preservation of the History of the Veterinary Corps, Remount Service and Cavalry or wherever our country’s history is being lost in conjunction with our beloved “Horse and Mule”. There is no cost to join and membership is for life. We believe by uniting together in numbers we will be a more powerful force to be heard. Our membership list is private and only used to contact our members. Email us and become a member.
FACEBOOK: U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group
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