Looking for information about an Ordnance Headquarters at Tour, France in World War 1?

Ordnance;. Quartermaster;   roster of soldiers stationed there;  type of work performed there;


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  • The U.S. Army Center of Military History has a number of published histories on the Army in the First World War that you can download here:

    World War I - U.S. Army Center Of Military History

    I'd start with the Order of Battle, Allied Expeditionary Forces, Volume I. It will tell you what units were located where, when they arrived, etc. Then just search for "Tours"

    American Expeditionary Forces: General Headquarters, Armies, Army Corps, Services of Supply, and Separate Forces, Volume 1

    Now, that assumes you're looking for a Service of Supply, rear echelon type headquarters.

    It's possible that you're looking for a particular division's logistics units, which were called "Trains." They had a Supply Train, and Ordnance Train, and a Sanitary Train. In world War II, they would be a Quartermaster Battalion, which handled supplies (and Graves Registration), an Ordnance Train, which handled ammunition and maintenance, and a Medical Battalion, which handled, well, medical.

    That's all covered, division by division, in this volume:

    American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions, Volume 2 (army.mil)

    Hope that helps some.

    Once you know what unit you're looking for, you can use sites like the National Archives, or Fold3.com to look for manifests from when the units shipped from the US to France, or returned, for individuals assigned to the units--and their next of kin.