Having arrived at 192 Survey Training Battery we were allocated Hut 98, one of a number of wooden huts sited below the impressive brick structure of the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) and on the edge of Salisbury Plain. In the distance was the wind pump of Bustard Camp, later to be a familiar object in our survey calculations. After selecting a bed space it was a case of collecting a mattress, blankets, sheets plates and brown enamel mug (mess tins at that stage were only there to be polished), putting the remaining clothing and equipment into or on top of the lockers above the bed. We then settled into a routine of cleaning brass, bulling boots, changing buttons on the heavy greatcoat, that became twice as heavy after a shower, from general service to Brass R.A.
We had lessons in surveying, theory and practice with a Watts Theodolite number 2, regimental history and battle honours, current affairs, religious instruction drill and route marches.