View single post by Roger
 Posted: Wed Jan 16th, 2008 06:39 am
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Ok now I've got over the last half dozen posts thanks for posting the Pioneer info Johan.

Just out of interest my grandfather served in 22nd (Labour) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment on the Somme during WWI. They were later transferred to the Labour Corps and after the war the Labour Corps was remnamed the Pioneer Corps.

A lot of their work was road building and the building of light railways used for the resupply of ammunition and other stores. I've read part of the 22/W Yorks war diary and besides the hard manual work they were subjected to enemy artillery fire, suffering quite a few casualties.

During WWI the labour battalions were made up of soldiers not fit enough for frontline service as infantrymen!!!

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