JOHN CRAWFORD

 

 

Died: 20th February 1918 – Illness.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 43292; Regiment: Royal West Surrey Regiment, transferred to 69102, Labour Corps, 116th Coy.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

H.21.

St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

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

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.

Royal West Surrey Regiment:

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/queens-royal-west-surrey-regiment/

 

 

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