Joseph O'HARA
Rank: Private
Number: 415631
Unit: 906th Garrison Guards Company LABOUR CORPS
Date of Death: 10 April 1918
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Nothing is known of Joseph's life except that Labour Corps records published after the War show he had been born in Stockport and enlisted into the  army in the town. They also show that he originally joined the Cheshire Regiment, serving with its 2nd Battalion. His service number was 16115, consistent with him joining up in September 1914. He will have gone abroad in early 1915 as one of the early batches of new soldiers who would have "topped up" the strength of the regular army Battalion which had just returned from India.

The Labour Corps was not formed until 1917 so it must have been after that date when Joseph was transferred. The Corps comprised men whose health or physical fitness was deemed no longer suitable for the rigours of trench warfare They would carry out important manual labouring duties or, in the case of Joseph's Company, acting as guards or sentries along the supply routes in the reserve areas. Joseph died of natural causes whilst in a military hospital in Rouen. No details are known.

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