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 stationed at Calais.
23 February 1917: formation of 23 and 26 Army Service Corps Infantry Labour Companies from bantams of 35th Division and Seaforth Highlanders.
2 March 1917: sections join from 9, 18, 21, 22 and 24 Labour Companies as reinforcements
2 March 1917: sections join 9 Army Service Corps Infantry Labour Company from 26
2 March 1917: sections join 18 Army Service Corps Infantry Labour Company from 30
3 March 1917: 6 Infantry Labour Company of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) arrives from Boulogne
11 March 1917: 390 bantams from units of 35th Division arrive from Meziers
23 March 1917: 22 Army Service Corps Infantry Labour Company is formed from the 35th Division bantams
25 March 1917: 22 Infantry Labour Company of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) arrives from Boulogne
2 April 1917: Two companies of 27 Infantry Labour Company of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) arrives from Boulogne
5 April 1917: 10 Infantry Labour Company of the Northamptonshire Regiment arrives from Boulogne
7 April 1917: Two companies of 27 Infantry Labour Company of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) leave for Audruicq
3 May 1917: joined by 70 Prisoner of War Company from Hersin-Coupigny
4 May 1917: joined by 4 Chinese Labour Company from Noyelles-sur-Mer
5 May 1917: joined by 74 Egyptian Labour Company from Marseilles
6 May 1917: 6 Infantry Labour Company of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) leaves for First Army
14 May 1917: joined by 77 Egyptian Labour Company from Marseilles
11 September 1917: mutiny breaks out in 74 Egyptian Labour Company: 7 killed, 18 injured and 25 taken prisoner.
44 Chinese Labour Company known as Trachoma Company.

3 Labour Group

Stationed at Calais 8 July 1917.
14 July 1917: joined by 50 Chinese Labour Company
18 July 1915: 25 prisoners of war (quarrymen) joined; 38 more arrived 24 July
24 July 1917: joined by 92 Prisoner of War Company (under Major G. P. Newbolt)
21 and 24 Chinese Labour Companies medically examined for Trachoma “apparently prevalent amongst the Chinese”
1 August 1917: 19 prisoners of war (miners) joined from Le Havre
4 August 1917: 12 prisoners of war (tradesmen) joined from Le Havre
6 August 1917:  joined by 93 Prisoner of War Company from Le Havre (under 2/Lt Lewis of Hampshire Rgt; total 2 officers, 62 escorts; 286 POWs)
August 1917?: joined by 98 Prisoner of War Company (under 2/Lt P H Perkins of Worcestershire Rgt; total 1 officer, 47 escorts; 435 POWs). Surplus POW bootmakers then transferred into this unit.
August 1917?: moved to canvas camp at Vendroux [appears to be part of Calais]
3 September 1917: enemy air raid kills 12 and wounds 10 of 50 Chinese Labour Company and wounds one of 53 Chinese Labour Company. “Chinese could not be persuaded to remain their camps after air raid and slept in adjoining field”. [The twelve men of 50 CLC, two of 35 CLC, one of 65 CLC and one of 11 Labour Company lies in row A in plot IX at Les Baraues Military Cemetery].
15 September 1917: the following units left to form 73 Labour Group: 5, 20, 21, 24, 39, 92 POW Companies and 1st Eastern Non Combatant Corps
5 October 1917: joined by 113 Prisoner of War Company from Abbeville (under 2/Lt A. C. French of 11th Hampshire Rgt; total 2 officers, 55 escorts; 346 POWs)

73 Labour Group

15 September 1917: formed by the arrival of following units from 3 Labour Group: 5, 20, 21, 24, 39, 92 POW Companies and 1st Eastern Non Combatant Corps

 

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