Conditions for mules and muleteers
in Serving the empire in the Great War
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This chapter explores what conditions were like in the Cypriot Mule Corps, the health and working conditions of the muleteers and mules, and how the muleteers treated their mules. It argues that conditions were harsh: the climate, terrain and nature of the work challenged the men and impacted on their welfare and that of their mules. Initially mule procurement was just as important as muleteer recruitment and perhaps even seen as more significant because the name of the operation at Famagusta was the Mule Purchasing Commission. The work of muleteers differed in Salonica compared to Constantinople and depended on which unit they served. Some muleteers also had health problems, especially venereal disease. Many men, particularly those enlisting early, contracted venereal disease at Famagusta, cutting short their service and having to cover treatment costs.

Serving the empire in the Great War

The Cypriot Mule corps, imperial loyalty and silenced memory

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