Tom FERNS
Rank: Private
Number: 347763
Unit: 733rd Company LABOUR CORPS
Date of Death: 7 April 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Nothing is known of Tom's life except that Labour Corps records, published after the War, indicate he was born in Stockport and was still living in the area when he enlisted into the army. For some reason, Tom chose to enlist at Warrington, joining the South Lancashire Regiment (service number 29380). However, he never served abroad with the Regiment and, before he went on active service, he was transferred to the King's (Liverpool) Regiment (service number 65115).

The Labour Corps was created in early 1917 and Tom was again transferred sometime after this date. The Corps comprised men whose health or physical fitness was deemed no longer suitable for the rigours of fighting in the trenches, but who could still undertake valuable manual work in the rear areas. They would be involved in labouring tasks such as road building, grave digging, unloading supplies, etc. These would often be carried out quite near to the front line and, certainly, within range of the enemy artillery. Casualties were not uncommon. It is not known exactly what happened to Tom. He may have been injured by shellfire or had an accident. What is known is that he had been evacuated from wherever he had been working and taken to one of the military hospitals based near Wimereux (near Calais), where he died.

   
           
   
     
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