FRANK COBB

 

Enlisted: 13th June 1917.

 Discharged: 20th August 1918 – Sick.

 Rank: Private; Service Number: 354178; Labour Corps.

 Medals Awarded: Silver War Badge.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_War_Badge

Labour Corps:

 

Formed in January 1917, 389,900 men 10% of the total size of the British Army. Many of the men had already served in other units and were taken on following being wounded then being made fit for duty “A1” condition. The companies were employed in general labouring, fetching and carrying in work within range of the enemy guns. Sometimes used as emergency infantry during major offensives by the enemy.

Labour Corps units were sometimes classed as second class soldiers but were an important part of the British army.

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-labour-corps-of-1917-1918/

 

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