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Labour Corps Companies 156 and 175


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I'd be most grateful if a kind soul could ident the whereabouts,( in Groups would suffice as I know real locations not easy) of:

156 Labour Company which I know was formed from 12 DCLI in May 1917 to March 19 and then 175 Labour Company Mar 19 to Sep 19..

 

Max

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Max,

 

I can't help with locations, but looking through that section of Starling & Lee's 'No Labour, No Battle' which covers Honours & Awards (p. 338-349) the Labour Company 175 crops up a few times and citations (if you can find them) may give a clue as to where they were

 

Second Lieutenant William Collier MC

Sgt 104404 E. W. Dudley DCM

Cpl 104419 A. Gough DCM

Cpl 104434 J. Howard MM

Sgt 104408 W. W. Rowe MM

Pte 568941 A. Tyler MM

CQMS 104410 W. H. Walters MM

 

Good luck

Michael

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Michael

 

That's very helpful, nice lateral thinking, I'll give it a go.  Thanks indeed. Quick addendum, struck gold on the second one, location and date in the LG - thanks again!!

 

Max

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156 Coy Labour Corps

 

 

Formed as 12th Labour Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

2 Mar 17

37 Bn RF (107 & 108 Coys) and 12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – mentioned – 4th Army Diary

4 Apr 17

12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – location PLATEAU – XV Corps Diary

15 Apr 17

12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – move from LE FOREST – HQ & 2 coys to MANACOURT, 1 coy to ROCQUIGNY and 1 coy to MOISLAINS – CRO – XV Corps Diary

28 Apr 17

12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – 34 ORs tos – XV Corps Diary

1 May 17

B Coy 12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – (2 & 236) move from ROCQUIGNY to FINS – CRO – XV Corps Diary

D Coy 12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – (2 & 236) move from MOISLAINS to HEUDICOURT – CRO

1 May 17

B Coy 12 Bn DCLI (156 & 157 Coys) – move from ROCQUINGY to FINS (48 Gp) and D Coy move from MOISLAINS to HEUDICOURT – roads – XIV Corps Diary

12 May 17

12 Bn DCLI broken up – 156 Coy – MANACOURT – XIV Corps Diary

                                        157 Coy – HEUDICOURT

14 May 17

12 Bn DCLI ceases to exist: – XV Corps Diary

156 Coy – MANANCOURT

14 May 17

Det serving at MANABCOURT – road repairs to DROMORE CORNER – 48 Gp Diary

24 May 17

½ coy located MARQUIX (49 Gp XV Corps) – 48 Gp Diary

14 Jun 17

156 Coy – ETRICOURT  - 4th Army Diary

6 Jul 17

Coy complete at MARQUAIX (49 Gp) – roadwork – 49 Gp Diary

10 Jul 17

Sos 48 Gp (2 pls remain as a works party) – 48 Gp Diary

8 Aug 17

156 (49 Gp) Coy mentioned – III Corps Diary

10 Oct 17

Coy moves to ROISEL (49 Gp) – 49 Gp Diary

18 Dec 17

69 Gp – 34?, 44, 88, 156, 175, 199 & 200 Coys – VII Corps Diary

18 Dec 17

156 Coy – ROISEL  CE roads sos to 5th Army – 3rd Army Diary

1 Dec 17

156 Coy  - 49 Gp ROISEL – VII Corps Diary

28 Feb 18

Cavalry Corps. (7 ¼ white, 8 Indian, 2 Area) – 5th Army Diary

49 Gp (LA CATELET) – 39, 156, 162, 187 & 715 Coys and 281 Area

9 Mar 18

Units taken over: – XIX Corps Diary

67 Gp – 33, 34, 74, 156, 171, 187, 708 & 715 Coys and 281 Area Coy and 70 (Kumaon) Ind Coy

21 Mar 18

156 Coy – moves from ROISEL to BRUSLE – XIX Corps Diary

22 Mar 18

Military situation deteriorated further and all units to be withdrawn West of the SOMME river.  Following units to move since they are East of the River – XIX Corps Diary

156 Coy – LE MESNIL

Move to be made by Lt rail since few lorries are available

18 Apr 18

156 Coy - moves to BOVES – III Corps Diary

26 Apr 18

67 Gp (34, 59, 90, 103, 156, 166? & 193 Coys and 281 Area Coy) – sos to III Corps – ANZAC Corps Diary

27 Apr 18

114 & 156 Coys - sos to Australian Corps – III Corps Diary

31 Apr 18

156 Coy – moves to 47 Gp – ANZAC Corps Diary

6 May 18

Tos III Corps – III Corps Diary

6 May 18

Units 72, 107, 156 & ? Coys – III Corps Diary

9 May 18

156 Coy – sos to III Corps – ANZAC Corps Diary

18 Jun 18

Fighting platoon formed of 104 NCOs & men – III Corps Diary

10 Jul 18

74 & 156 Coys – (III Corps) – building new RE depot CONTEY – GHQ Diary

12 Jul 18

8 Gp (Col (Hon Brig) J B Edwards DSO)  take over 6 Companies (72, 88, 103, 156, 709 & 713 Coys) from 35 Gp – III Corps Diary

8 Aug 18

Offensive starts – III Corps Diary

156 Coy - waterpoint duties

28 Sep 18

105 & 156 Coys and 146 Coy CLC  – sos to 4th Army Area – ANZAC Corps Diary

21 Oct 18

Units sos to IX Corps: - ANZAC Corps Diary

47 & 63 Gps - 28, 44, 65, 67, 74, 85, 150, 156, 160, 167, 187, 191, 199, 708, 713, 722, 724 & 729 Coys and ½ 8 Coy CLC and 37, 143, 216 & 260 PW Coys

2 Dec 18

156 Coy – tos ST SOUPLET from 4th Army – 3rd Army Diary

15 Mar 19

2, 12, 27, 115, 136, 150, 156, 200, 700 & 712 Coys – to cadre (3rd Army) – GHQ Diary

 

 

175 Coy Labour Corps

 

 

Formed as 10th Infantry Labour Company Devonshire Regiment

22 Mar 17

Arrived France 5 officers & 495 ORs

26 Mar 17

10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – tos BRAY – XV Corps Diary

3 Apr 17

1 pl 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – move to BELLAIR – XV Corps Diary

12 Apr 17

10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – (1 & 50) move from BRAY to PC JEAN – working on FEUILLERES Bargehead – XV Corps Diary

13 Apr 17

1 pl 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – move from BELLAIRS to BRAY-TOUBIERES – XV Corps Diary

15 Apr 17

1 pl 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – move from BRAY-TOUBIERES to QUINCONCE, PERONNE – railhead work – XV Corps Diary

16 Apr 17

Det 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – 30 men to handle 2000 tons in 3 weeks at FROISSY Bargehead – XV Corps Diary

20 Apr 17

Det 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – (1 & 54) move from PC JEAN and (2 & 176) move from BRAY TOUBIERE to QUINCONCE – railhead to – XV Corps Diary

24 Apr 17

1 pl 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – move from BRAY TOUBIERE to QUINCONCE – railhead – XV Corps Diary

25 Apr 17

Det 10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – (1 & 50) move from QUINCONCHE to LONGAVESNES – 52 Sqn RFC – XV Corps Diary

2 May 17

10 Coy Devons (175 Coy) – PERONNE railhead – 4th Army Diary

6 May 17

10 Coy Devon (175 Coy) – 30 ORs move from QUINCONCE to NURLU – ammo – XV Corps Diary

6 May 17

Det 10 Devon Coy (175 Coy) 50 Gp – 30 ORs move from QUINCONCE to NURLU –  ammo – XIV Corps Diary

21 May 17

175 Coy – 50 Gp 31 ORs rejoin HQ at QUINCONCE from 51st Airline MOISLAINS

Det 175 Coy – 20 ORs move from QUINCONCE to MANANCOURT – 238 AT Coy on water points – XV Corps Diary

21 May 17

Det 175 Coy – 21 ORs join HQ at QUINCONCE from MOISLAINS

Det 175 Coy – 20 ORs move from QUINCONCE to MANANCOURT  - working on water points  – XIV Corps Diary

23 May 17

14 Coy serving (47 Gp),  42 Coy (48 Gp) railhead work,  175 Coy (47 Gp) mentioned – III Corps Diary

2 Jun 17

Det 175 Coy – move NURLU to QUINCONCE – 4th Army Diary

6 Jun 17

Det 175 Coy – move QUINCONCE to LA CHAPELLETTE – railhead – 4th Army Diary

9 Jun 17

Tos FINO (48 Gp) with dets at HEUDICOURT & METZ – Lt rail & roads

26 Jun 17

1 (UP) Ind Coy - serving QUINCONCE - smallpox outbreak – III Corps Diary

175 Coy - to replace the Indians on the railhead

1 Jul 17

3 pls move to QUINCONE – 48 Gp Diary

26 Jun 17

Replaces 1 (UP) Ind Coy at QUINCONCE railhead because of a Small PoX outbreak - III Corps Diary

9 Jul 17

Tos 47 Gp – 47 Gp Diary

13 Aug 17

Sos to 69 Gp – 47 Gp Diary

21 Sep 17

Tos HAUTE ALLAINS (47 Gp) from 69 Gp.  Dets at NURLU, HEDECOURT, TINCOURT & VILLERS FAUCON – Hutting & CE roads – 47 Gp Diary

1 Oct 17

Tos HAMEL (49 Gp).  HQ & 1 ½ pls on ammo railhead and dets at NURLU on Hutting and VILLERS FAUCON & HEUDECOURT on water pipes – 49 Gp Diary

17 Oct 18

175 Coy – pipework and water supply – XIII Corps Diary

19 Oct 17

89 ORs – tos from Depot

27 Oct 17

Location HAMEL closed and moved to ROISEL railhead – 29 Gp Diary

2 Dec 17

175 Coy – 49 Gp HAMEL ammo dump.  Men do not appear to be pulling their weight – this requires immediate attention. – VII Corps Diary

18 Dec 17

69 Gp – 34?, 44, 88, 156, 175, 199 & 200 Coys – VII Corps Diary

18 Dec 17

175 Coy – ROISEL  railheads sos to 5th Army – 3rd Army Diary

31 Dec 17

VII Corps.  (11 white, 4 Indian, 2 Area) – 5th Army Diary

53 Gp (TEMPLEUX-LA-FOSSE) – 15, 44, 58, 88, 163, 175 & 734 Coys

26 Jan 18

175 Coy – move from NURLU to VILLERS FANCON – VII Corps Diary

31 Jan 18

VII Corps.  (11 white, 3 Indian, 1 Area) – 5th Army Diary

53 Gp (TEMPLEUX-LA-FOSSE) – 15, 49, 175 & 734 Coys

                                    21 (UP), 31 (Bihar) & 73 (Kumaons) Ind Coys

28 Feb 18

VII Corps.  (19 white, 2 Indian, 1 Area) - 5th Army Diary

53 Gp (TEMPLEUX-LA-FOSSE) – 15, 44, 49, 85, 105, 171 & 175 Coys

                                                         734 Area Coy

6 Apr 18

Following tos from VII Corps: – ANZAC Corps Diary

53 Gp – 15, 44, 85, 105 & 175 Coys and 743 Area Coy

23 Apr 18

5 Gp – tos to relieve 53 Gp (15, 44, 85, 105 & 175 Coys and 743 Area Coy) – ANZAC Corps Diary

11 May 18

Tos 35 Gp (III Corps) – defences – III Corps Diary

175 & 713 Coys tos for defence work

13 May 18

175 Coy – sos to III Corps – ANZAC Corps Diary

18 Jun 18

Fighting platoon of 104 NCOs & men  formed – III Corps Diary

29 Jul 18

XIII Corps: (13 white, 1 CLC, 1 Area) – 5th Army Diary

69 Gp (BOIS DE MARQUET) – 17, 71, 79, 162, 175 & 186 Coys and 71 Coy CLC

24 Sep 18

175 Coy – tos 63 Gp – ANZAC Corps Diary

28 Nov 18

Tos MAUROIS from 4th Army – 3rd Army Diary

 

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Sir

 

I was hoping against hope that you would be able to help as I had seen your replies to similar queries. I am very grateful indeed and shall lose no time in passing this comprehensive detail on to the gentleman whose relative served in both these companies following his first stint in 12 Bn DCLI..

 

Thank you for taking the time to lay this all out, I am truly grateful.

 

Max

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