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)

8 Sergeants (4 on permanent cadre, 4 for drafting)

18 Corporals (6 on permanent cadre (of whom 1 would be Corporal Cook and 1 Corporal Clerk), 12 for drafting)

Privates (470 all for drafting, of whom 6 would be Lance Corporals): this figure was the planned establishment, but the role of the company meant that it was variable on a day to day basis.

2 Batmen

When the number of Privates returned from an Expeditionary Force exceeded 120 men, 2 Acting Sergeants and 4 Acting Corporals would be added for the purposes of administration. If it reached 250 or more, a further 2 Acting Sergeants and 4 Acting Corporals would be added.

Organisation

The company would be organised as a headquarters of the permanent cadre and four Platoons, each under command of a Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant. Each Platoon would be organised into 2 Sections, each under a Sergeant. Each Section would be organised into 2 Sub-Sections, each under a Corporal.

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The Labour Corps

Definitions of other types of units

Reference books