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Royal Engineers "Works Officer"


Tinhat47
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Does anyone know what the duties of L/Cpl. "Works Officer" would be?

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Matt

I think it refers to the RE Works Directorate who were responsible for the construction of camps, hospitals ect ect. They supervised the works and also lett and supervised civilan contracts and contractors. They also supplied District Works Officers to look after the maintenance of the various camps ect. At a guess I would say that your NCO was employed in this organisation.

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I thgink you will find that he was a Clerk of Works

John

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He could not have been a Clerk of Works I'm afraid, this was not a RE appointment in WW1. The medal index cards that show this "rank" are actually to civilians employed by the RE. The nearest RE equivalent was Foreman of Works, which was normally a SNCO / Warrant Officer appointment. It is possible however that he was an Engineer Clerk, which was a very different proposition altogether. EC's could boost their pay by qualifying as draughtsmen.

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