Topic: Drill and Training
Images taken from Handbook for Military Artificers,
Prepared in the Ordnance College, Tenth Edition, 1915
Tests for Candidates for Artificers' Courses of Instruction
The King's Regulations and Orders for the Army, 1912 — Para 744
Artificers' Course—A N.C.O. Or man recommended must be of good character, and should have worked at his trade before he enlisted.
He will be tested before recommendation. The test for a smith, fitter, or wheeler is shown in Appendix XX.
An application may, at any time, be submitted to the commandant Ordnance College, but in the case of an N.C.O. Of man of the R.A., through the officer i/c records.
The duration of the course depends on the abilities and previous training of the man.
N.C.Os. And men selected for these courses will be sent to Woolwich with their kits and equipment, but without rifles.
Tests for Candidates for Artificers' Courses of Instruction (As Smiths, Fitters, or Wheelers) at the Ordnance College
(Referred to in Para. 744.)
Any of the following tests may be selected:
1. Make a pair of hollow bits to take not less than 1-inch round iron.
2. Weld two pieces of round iron, 1-inch in diameter, to form a right angled joint.
3. Make a smith's sett hammer.
4. Make a smith's fuller, with eye for a shaft.
5. Make a nave band, 6 inches internal diameter, from a bar of flat iron 2 inches by ¼ inch.
1. Chip and file to gauge a square, 2 inches long, on a bar of round 1 ¼ inch iron or mild steel.
2. Drill, chip, and file (to gauge) a l-inch square hole in a wrought iron plate l inch thick.
3. Cut a square, to size, on the centre of a round bar 1-inch diameter.
4. Cut a slot 1/2-inch wide and 3 inches long in a flat bar of iron or steel 2 inches wide and 1/2-inch thick.
1. Make a mortice and tenon joint as is used for an earbed of a wagon.
2. Connect two pieces of timber, 6 inches by 6 inches by l inch by common dovetailing.
3. Make a small sunk panel door 16 inches by 10 inches by l inch.
Directions for carrying out the Test.
1 The test being decided upon, the candidate will be given the tools and material he considers to be most suitable for doing the work. He will not be advised as to the selection of either the tools or the material, and every, precaution will be taken to insure that the work is done entirely by the individual who is being examined. ( Note.—A smith will be allowed the services of a hammerman.)
2 On completion, the test job will be forwarded to the commandant, Ordnance College, with the following certificate:—
Certified that _________ was tested as a _________ in the workshops of _________ on _________.
The test selected was _________.
The candidate was given the tools and material he desired, but he received no advice or assistance of any kind, and the test job now forwarded was done entirely by him.
The time taken was _________.
Signature of officer superintending the test.