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Fort Burgoyne                                                                                                  Dover Defences

         Officers’ Quarters
         The officers’ mess and ante room, with pantry, plate
         closet and ‘expense’ wine cellar was beneath the east
         shoulder. The basement contained the mess kitchen,
         wine cellar, beer cellar, larder, scullery and mess
         waiter’s room. A dumb waiter connected the basement
         kitchens with the mess above. Four officers’ quarters
         were adjacent to the officers’ mess beneath the right
         flank. The basement beneath them contain another four
         casemates, two for officer’s mess men and two for
         officer’s servants. Another set of four officer’s quarters
         was situated beneath the west rampart with four officer’s
         servants quarters beneath.

         On joining their regiment subalterns had to provide their
         own uniform, cases, furniture, mufti, servants outfit and  A Victorian Officers’ Mess (Fort Nelson)
         incoming mess contribution. Thereafter the annual
         expenses of dining and entertaining in the mess, sport,  He undertook some of the busiest and most responsible
         social entertainment, the upkeep of the regimental band,  duties in the fort. He superintended the pre-breakfast
         the purchasing of silver for the mess and the constant  drilling of recruits and guard mounting, presented
         moving of army life presumed a substantial private    delinquents to the commanding officer, arranged the
         income as  officers could not possible meet these     details of duty for the following day, attending courts
         expense from their pay. Pay was based upon established  martial, checked the accuracy of monthly returns,
         rates dating from 1806. This ranged from 5s 3d per day  attended the evening parade and wrote any letters
         for an ensign, to 17s a day for a lieutenant-colonel.  required by the commanding officer. The adjutant,
         There were additional allowances for messing, for     assisted by the sergeant-major, taught drill. The
         soldiers’s servants and for living out.               musketry instructor taught rifle-shooting.

         Officers, unlike the troops, supplied and paid for their  The other officers, captains and lieutenants, had less
         own meals.  The plate and mess equipment belonged to  arduous duties, except in the Artillery where they had
         the regiment and moved with them when they relocated  specific battery responsibilities. A captain had nominal
         to another barracks. The commanding officer could     responsibility for the guards, drills and inspections of
         choose one officer, a lieutenant, to serve as adjutant.  their companies. They often supervised the management

                                                                                   Fort Burgoyne:
                                                                                   Section through Officers Mess
                                                                                   and Quarters
                                                                                   Right Flank July 1861

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