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PRISONER OF WAR COMPANY'S


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Hi

 

Have a medal to a chap who was in a POW Company (Yorkshire Regt)

 

Its a new one to me - were these common? Was it for the too old or too young soldiers etc etc 

 

He was a bad boy and had FP 1 and 2 several times before going to the Labour corp later on - would this have any affect on his POW Coy employment?

 

Regards

 

Wayne

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Are you sure POW means Prisoner of War in this context?

Could it mean 'Prince of Wales'? as in 'Prince of Wales'  Own West Yorkshire Regiment?

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/the-prince-of-waless-own-west-yorkshire-regiment/

 

Can you post some more details?

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There were, according to the LLT 47 POW Companies formed when the Labour Corps was created.

 

Not sure about the description 'POW Company (Yorkshire Regt)'

 

POW Companies were as described attached to the Labour Corps

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-labour-corps-of-1917-1918/ 

Typically Labour Corps men were in a lower fitness classification and often older than front line troops.

 

It's always easier if we have a name I assume you have a service record if you have a discipline record.

 

Ken

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Yes, no doubt about the meaning 'POW' is there?

As you say, some 'Issues'.

Yet transferred back to UK on Armistice Day due to his occupation -a miner pre war.

 

Can't find his record on Ancestry.

Doy you have a link or a service number?

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His conduct sheet is on FMP, badly faded and incomplete but relatively minor infractions, ' failing to obey order of NCO,insubordinate language';'staying in bed after reveille'; 'found undressed(?) in viilage'.

 

Looks like a Derby Scheme attestation for the 13th Bantam Battalion, he was 5'1". Joined the 15th Bn and allocated the Regimental Number 24865.  He was posted to the 9th Bn in the field, they were in billets at Molliens-au-Bois.  No mention of drafts in the diary.  Seems they took one look at him and transferred him to 4th Army and the POW Company where as 'Army Troops' he would have been third echelon.  Lasted a little longer there when he was posted to 39 CCS on permanent duty (orderly, bearer?) then to 5 CCS until admitted suffering from scabies.  

 

Posted back to the IBD it appears he was sent back to 9th Bn., he was still badged to the Yorkshire Regiment. Then back to Etaples and attached to Assistant Director Medical Services (wonder if he was a stretcher bearer with the Battalion).  Then attached to 26 POW Company, finally transferred and renumbered to the Labour Corps on 12 July 1918, later posted to Garrison Bn at IBD (where there was a POW Camp).  Apart from the seven months with the Battalion in 1917 these were all third echelon or line of communication postings.

 

Ken

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Thanks Ken

 

Great info and opens up his story nicely.

 

I think he was probably what we would refer now to be a 'Character'!!

 

Regards

 

Wayne

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