Regiment: Labour Corps

The Labour Corps was raised in 1915 and disbanded in 1921, today thier roles are undertaken by the Royal Logistics Corps.

The Corps grew to some 389,900 men (more than 10% of the total size of the Army) by the Armistice. Of this total, around 175,000 were working in the United Kingdom and the rest in the theatres of war. The Corps was manned by officers and other ranks who had been medically rated below the “A1” condition needed for front line service. Many were returned wounded. Labour Corps units were often deployed for work within range of the enemy guns, sometimes for lengthy periods.

In April 1917, a number of Infantry Battalions were transferred to the Corps. The Labour Corps absorbed the 28 ASC Labour Companies between February and June 1917. Labour Corps Area Employment Companies were formed in 1917 for salvage work, absorbing the Divisional Salvage Companies. In the crises of March and April 1918 on the Western Front, Labour Corps Units were used as emergency infantry. It became the 18th -19th Labour Corps in May 1917.

The Corps always suffered from its treatment as something of a second class organization: for example, the men who died are commemorated under their original Regiment, with Labour Corps being secondary. Researching men of the Corps was made more difficult by this until the publication of the mammoth ‘Soldiers died in the great war’ collection where the Labour Corps was finally given it’s own section in volume 80.

Last Name
Address
Narrative
HU3 4AL
       
       
Died on
22/11/1918
       
Aged
36
Private, 27082, James Brown, Labour Corps, died on 22/11/1918. (HDM 23/11/1919), Son of James and Emma, of 97 Wassand Street, Hull (1911 census). A former dock labourer. Formerly served as Private, 34863, 7th Lincolnshire Regiment. James (Jim) Brown, reported as died of influenza, in France, on 22/11/1918, aged 36. His death and address […]
9 EMMAS TERRACE, TOMLINSON STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
24/10/1919
       
Aged
26
BORN HULL 1893. SON OF JOHN & MARY ALLEN, OF NEWCASTLE. MARRIED 1916. WIFE ALICE (HARRISON) ALLEN LIVED AT THIS ADDRESS. ENLISTED HULL. EX 19058, LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS. TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR CORPS. DED AT HOME 24/10/1919, AGED 26. BURIED HULL WESTERN CEMETERY.
Sergeant
2 WESTERN VILLAS, HESSLE ROAD, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
05/03/1919
       
Aged
23
BORN HULL 1896. SON OF JESS AND JULIA ALLITT. A TUG FIREMAN, MOTOR VAN MAN AND EX HULL & BARNSLEY NER WORKER. WIFE ETHEL MAY ALLITT LIVED AT THIS ARMY RECORDS ADDRESS AND LATER THE POLICE STATION, MANGOTSFIELD, BRISTOL. THEY HAD NO CHILDREN. DESCRIBED AS A METHODIST, 5 FOOT 10 INCHES TALL, 35 INCH CHEST, 135 LBS, BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAI […]
158 , EDINBURGH STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
31/01/1918
       
Aged
31
BORN HULL 1887. ENLISTED HULL. EX LINCOLN REGIMENT, NO: 33962. DIED OF WOUNDS, ON 31/01/1918, AGED 31. HE LEFT WIFE & FAMILY. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 31/01/1919. NO CWGC RECORDS OF HIS DEATH?.
61 , BARNSLEY STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
03/12/1918
       
Aged
21
BORN HULL 1898. SON OF JACOB & MARY ANNOWITCH. THIS WAS HIS ARMY PENSION AND CWGC ADDRESS. HIS GRANDPARENTS ISSAC & JANE LIVED AT 49 AND 51 COURTNEY STREET. ENLISTED HULL. TRANSFERRED FROM THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY TO THE LABOUR CORPS. DIED AT HOME AGED 21. UNMARRIED. HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS MOTHER, MARY. HE IS BURIED AT THE HU […]
31 , EXMOUTH STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
09/08/1917
       
Aged
39
BORN HULL 1879.  SON OF MARY HANNAH BAXTER & THE LATE HENRY BAXTER, of 44 GRANVILLE STREET, HULL AND THEN, 31 EXMOUTH STREET, HULL (PENSION LEDGER ADDRESS). HE WAS WELL KNOWN ON HULL FISH DOCKS. MANAGER OF AHIGH CLASS FISH AND GAME DEALER, IN BRADFORD. HE ENLISTED IN HULL. FORMERLY, PRIVATE, IN THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY. HE TRANSFER […]
, GOULTON STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
17/08/1918
       
Aged
39
BORN HULL 1879. SON OF JASPER COLLIER (1835-1900) AND ELIZABETH COLLIER (1839-1895), OF 23 WAVERLEY STREET AND 106 HAVELOCK STREET, HESSLE ROAD, HULL. A GENERAL LABOURER (1901 CENSUS0 AND FISH SALESMAN, LIVING AT 11 FLORENCE AVENUE, WALCOTT STREET, HULL (1911 CENSUS). HE ENLISTED IN HULL. FORMER, GUNNER 196429, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY. TRA […]
, BEVERLEY, EAST RIDING, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
14/06/1921
       
Aged
46
BORN BEVERLEY 1874. SON OF CHARLES & SARAH ANN ELDON. WIFE ELLEN BOULTON. EX 19332, EYR. & TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR CORPS. G. H. Eldon, No. 19332, Private George Henry Eldon, 6th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment. Transferred to the Labour Corps, Reg No. 398086. Born: Beverley, son of Charles & Sarah Ann Eldon. Husband of Ellen Eldon of 114 K […]
Warrant Officer (2nd Class)
15 , NORTH STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
28/07/1920
       
Aged
55
BORN ASPATRIA, CUMBERLAND 1866. LIVED ABOVE 1901. PREVIOUSLY CQMS OF THE 11TH EYR, NO:11/809. TRANSFERRED TO LABOUR CORPS.
17 OCKLEY TERRACE, WEST PARADE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
10/03/1918
       
Aged
43
BORN HULL 1875. SCULCOATES. SON OF WILLIAM HOTCHKIN & JANE ANN IRELAND, HULL. WIFE ADA WADE HOTCHKIN ABOVE. BAKER Transferred. to (334137) Labour Corps. Son of William and Jane Hotchkin, of Hull; husband of Ada Wade Hotchkin, of 17, Ockley Terrace, West Parade, Hull. Alternative Commemoration - buried in Hull General Cemetery.
36 , STANIFORTH PLACE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
12/06/1921
       
Aged
26
BORN HULL 1895. SON OF CHARLES HENRY & MARIA LONGTHORNE, AT THIS CWGC ADDRESS. EMPLOYED AS A WEIGH BOY.TRANSFERRED AS 57383, ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS. TRANSFERRED TO 655041, LABOUR CORPS. DIED OF WOUNDS, 12/06/1921, AGED 26. BURIED HULL WESTERN CEMETERY. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2740913/LONGTHORN,%20C%20W
22 BRIDGE GATE, HEBDEN BRIDGE, WEST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
24/05/1917
       
Aged
38
BORN HULL AND WELL KNOWN AS A PORK BUTCHER BEFORE THE WAR. HE MOVED TO HEBDEN BRIDGE, BRADFORD AND ENLISTED IN HALIFAX., WHEN WAR BEGAN. HE WAS FORMERLY, PRIVATE, 29327, OF THE LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT. TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR CORPS. HE LEFT WIDOW, SOPHIA MOST LIVING AT 22 BRIDGE GATE, HEBDEN BRIDGE, WEST YORKSHIRE . HE DIED AT NO: 5 STA […]
4 FRANKS PLACE, OSBORNE STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
01/04/1920
       
Aged
41
BORN HULL 25/5/1879. ONLY SURVIVING SON OF SARAH GAFFEY & CHARLES AUGUST ADOLF QUADE. ALL HIS SIBLINGS DIED IN INFANCY. SON OF A TAILOR. MARRIED 01/08/1903. WIFE GERTRUDE KIPLING & SIX CHILDREN, THREE OF WHICH ALSO DIED IN NFANCY. ENLISTED HULL. EX, 26552, EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR CORPS. DIED BINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM […]
DUKINFIELD, , DUNKINFIELD, CHESHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
06/07/1918
       
Aged
41
BORN HULL 1877. SON OF WILLIAM & MARIA RICHARDSON, OF HULL. LIVED WITH HIS WIFE JANE FRANCIS RICHARDSON & 4 CHILDREN, AT 2 ASTLEY STREET, DUKINFIELD, CHESHIRE. SERVED WITH THE WEST COMMAND SERVICE CENTRE, LABOUR CORPS. DIED ON 06/07/1918, AGED 41. BURIED AT DUKINFIELD CEMETERY, CHESHIRE. HIS GRAVE, READS, "THE SOULS OF THE RIGHT […]
1 DISCOUNT COURT, ST JAMES STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
12/04/1919
       
Aged
19
BORN HULL 1900. SON OF CHARLES SCREETON (1877-1924) & MARY ELLEN SCREETON, OF 9 JOHNS TERRACE, ADELAIDE STREET (1911 CENSUS) AND THIS ADDRESS. ELDEST OF SIX CHILDREN. HE ENLISTED IN HULL. FORMERLY OF THE EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. TRANSFERRED TO THE LABOUR CORPS. DIED ON 12/04/1919, AGED 19. BURIED IN HULL.
11 HERBERT'S TERRACE, STRICKLAND STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
12/02/1920
       
Aged
43
BORN HULL 1878. SERVED AS JOHN WILLIAM 'BANKS, 22998 WYR. SON OF LATE JOHN SHARKETT & MARGARET CONBOY, 6 SPRING TERRACE, SPRING STREET, HULL. HE HAD THREE BROTHERS, PATRICK, WILLIAM AND THOMAS AND SISTER ELLEN. SERVED 14 YEARS IN INDIA WITH 1ST WYR. RE-ENLISTED WHEN WAR BEGAN ON 25/09/1914. DISCHARGED AS UNFIT ON 10/10/1919. DIED OF BRON […]