Area Employment Companies of the Labour Corps in France and Flanders

Ther Area Employment Company, sometimes written as AE Company, is a type of unit of the Labour Corps that often appears in men’s service records. But it is often most difficult to detemine where the company was, let alone what an indvidual soldier’s form of employment was while he was serving with it. This page […]

The Labour Corps of 1917-1918

Before the formation of the Labour Corps The Army Service Corps Labour Companies Among the earliest such units formed, the ASC Labour Companies originated to provide manpower to unload British ships and operate the docks in France. Two railway labour companies were also formed. The Royal Engineers Labour Battalions The RE raised 11 Battalions for […]

Labour Companies of the Labour Corps

Original companies formed under Army Council Instruction 611 of 1917 Companies numbered 194 to 200 (in which men would be numbered in blocks of 600 per company, from 109801 to 120000) were allocated to the Commander in Chief of British Armies in France for future use.¬† Similarly,¬†Companies numbered 201 to 203 (in which men would […]

What was a Depot Labour Company of the Labour Corps?

The Depot Labour Company was defined in Army Council Instruction 611 of 1917. ACI 897 of 1917 changed the name to Reserve Labour Company. Composition 1 Major or Captain, commanding (permanent cadre) 5 Lieutenants or Second Lieutenants (1 on permanent cadre, 4 for drafting) 1 Company Sergeant Major (permanent cadre) 1 Quartermaster Sergeant (permanent cadre) […]

Home Service Labour Companies of the Labour Corps

Original (Home Service) Labour Companies formed under Army Council Instruction 897 of 1917 *The men’s numbering sequence defined in the ACI changes at this point: we know of no reason for this and it is quite possibly an error. In this reorganisation, a number of existing Infantry Works Companies were disbanded. They were: 26 and […]

Labour Group Headquarters

This page is early work in progress. The details entered are accurate but more notes will be added in due course. The notes are fragmentary due to the nature of their recording across a large number of war diaries and other sources. 1 Labour Group Stationed at Dunkirk. 2¬†Labour Group Formed 18 February 1917 and […]

Army Service Corps Infantry Labour Companies

This page is work in progress 1 Company 2 May 1917: Section E joined 1 Labour Group from Dunkirk 2 Company 2 May 1917: Section A joined 1 Labour Group from Dunkirk 13 Company 4 – 11 March 1917: Sections B, C, D and E joined 1 Labour Group from 3 Labour Group 18 Company […]