The Nuttall Encyclopedia
In the army an officer whose duty it is to look after the quarters, clothing, rations, stores, ammunition, &c., of the regiment, and in the navy a petty officer who has to see to the stowage, steerage, soundings, &c., of the ship.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Quartermaster'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/q/quartermaster.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.