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13th Bat Royal Berks


KIRKY

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Anyone know where these guys were when they landed in France sept 1916 and where they went?

Tony

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The 13th Battalion was a Labour Battalion and as such didn't go to France. It was incorporated into the Labour Corps and became a Company of that organisation and probably went to France carrying a Company number as part of the Labour Corps, which company though, I don't know, sorry.

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Martin

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According to Chris Bakers website they went to France in September and joined Labour Corps in April 1917?

Tony

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Tony

The 13th Berks did indeed arrive in France in September 1916.

On arrival they were allocated to the Inspector-General Communications so would have been used on the Lines of Communication.

If they kept a War Diary it no longer exists so there is very little on where they were located.

What I do know is that at least a detachment of the Battalion was at Le Treport in December and at Dunkirk in January and March 1917

Ivor

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That seems to be correct. See here.

I'd be very keen to know about the latest work from the project. I've followed the Kitchener's Army section but how they have fared since would be interesting. Petre lumped 10th, 11th and 13th Battalions as Labour units and made the comment that they had "slight" association with the Royal Berkshires

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