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On the 7th July 1916, Mark Hargreaves of Whalley Road, Simonstone near Burnley enlisted in the Army at the Preston recruitment office.

Mark elected he wished to join the Army Service Corps, but was instead posted into the Border Regiment and given the service number 25910.

At the time of his enlistment he was 28 years old, and had been working as a cotton weaver. He had no previous military experience.

Mark was described as being 5ft 3in tall with a distinctive scar down his right cheek.

Mark gave his next of kin as his wife, Robinnia Hargreaves (nee Hudson). They had married on 26th April 1913 at Nazareth Chapel in Padiham, Burnley.

In February 1917, he was transferred into the 2nd (Garrison) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, then on to the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, before a final transfer to the Labour Corps in Oswestry that July. His new service number 280730.

On 30th July 1917, Mark embarked for France. In October 1917 he was serving with 299 Reserve Labour Corps, still in France, as can be seen in the letter below from his wife, Robinnia;

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Mark served with the Labour Corps in France up until 31st October 1919. By that time he had been posted to a number of units; 740th Area Emp Coy, 60 Lab Coy, 992 Area Supt Coy, 726 Lab Coy, Attached to 63 POW Coy, 9 Lab Coy, 729 Lab Coy.

In the two years Mark was in France, he took three blocks of leave to the UK, each being a fortnight long.

Mark Hargreaves was demobilised and transferred to Class Z Reserve on 4th December 1919.

For his war service he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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One Response to A Labour Corps soldier, Mark Hargreaves

  1. Shawneena Laker says:

    This is amazing.I am trying to find information on my greatgrandad James Smithson who with The Labour Corps WW1.He survived and lived in Oswestry, Shropshire.

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