What do the notes reveal about British training methods?
In April 1915 Second Lieutenant Roland Gerard Garvin attended a course of instruction at Staff College in Camberley, Surrey. Here he went to lectures on tactical instruction, topography, field engineering, administration, organisation, military law and hygiene. One of his lecturers was Major Rees who had commanded a battalion during the retreat from Mons in 1914.
These notes and the drawings come from a tour of field works Garvin attended, which was led by Major Rees. On this tour Garvin learnt how to create a loophole in a nine inch and in a 14 inch wall, how to conceal an abattis or field fortification, and the measurements for an effective overhead cover. Major Rees also stressed the need to use this knowledge along with their common sense as ‘trenching’ was not an exact science.