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Corporal Chris
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I am following the 12th Suffolks, who in May 1918, were reduced to a training cadre with the men being posted home to England. In June 1918 "History of the Suffolks" states that 700 men, all of Category B2, arrived to join the battalion. Having 'googled' B2 the IWM site states that B2's were considered unfit for combat but could be used for admin role. Given that the Suffolks went back to France and into battle is this a reflection on the state of manpoower or have I misunderstood the categories?

Chris

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You are right, it was a reflection of the manpower situation. Many other bns returned to UK as mere cadres and were brought back to strength with Category B men. Travelling Medical Boards weeded out those who were genuinely not fit for combat and the remainder were considered Cat A, and went back to France to take part in the final 100 Days. Other cadre strength bns in France were brought back to strength with an infusion of Labour Corps men.

Charles M

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Chris

You are right, it was a reflection of the manpower situation. Many other bns returned to UK as mere cadres and were brought back to strength with Category B men. Travelling Medical Boards weeded out those who were genuinely not fit for combat and the remainder were considered Cat A, and went back to France to take part in the final 100 Days. Other cadre strength bns in France were brought back to strength with an infusion of Labour Corps men.

Charles M

Charles,

Many thanks for the confirmation.

Chris.

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