Indian Labour Corps Confidential Reports of British Officers

This article looks at a document which contains correspondence regarding the confidential reports of the British officers serving with the Indian Labour Corps in France during 1918. This article is just one of a series I have written to help you research soldiers who served in the Indian Army during the First World War:

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Confidential Reports of British Officers Serving with the Indian Labour Corps in France in 1918

There is a file at the British Library, London which contains a list of British officers serving with the Indian Labour Corps in France who had confidential reports submitted for them in 1918:

Unfortunately, this document does not contain the actual confidential reports but does provide a list of the British officers with information regarding their service in the Indian Labour Corps. The reports contain the following information:

  • Rank and Name
  • Commission
  • Last Served with in France
  • Date of Departure
  • Formation under which they served: Labour Group and Army.

As British officers who served with the Indian Labour Corps are so difficult to research I have transcribed all the entries below. The date an officer last served in France is particularly important and you will want to look for further information in the Indian Army List. The officers recorded below are listed alphabetically and I have a page on Indian Army Abbreviations and Acronyms.

List of British Officers

Aitken, 2/Lt. C. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 59th Burma Indian Labour Company. Invalided to UK 8 February 1918. 53 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Allen, Lt. Col. B. C. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 55th Khasi Indian Labour Company. To England 21 October 1918. 69 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Atkins, Capt. C. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 31st Bihar Indian Labour Company. To India 15 May 1918. 52 Labour Group. I.A.F.

Baddeley, 2/LT. G.T.B. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 26th Lushai Indian Labour Company. 61 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Barnes, Lt. Col. H. C. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 68 Group. To England 21 May 1918. First Army.

Black, Capt. R. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 22 Khasi Indian Labour Company. 80 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Booth, 2/Lt. J. J. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 30th Bihar Indian Labour Company. To India 30 April 1918. 69 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Borrett, 2/Lt. (A.Capt.) T. L. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 26th Indian Labour Company. 55 Labour Group. First Army.

Bourne, 2/Lt. W. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 25th U.P. Indian Labour Company. To India 20 April 1918. Labour Commandant. VII Corps.

Bradlaugh, 2/Lt. J. H. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 31st Bihar Indian Labour Company. To India 27 July 1918. 52 Labour Group. I. A. F.

Carwithen, Lt. Col. E. T. Indian Army. Officer Commanding 75 Group. To England 23 August 1918. Second Army.

Corbett, Capt. J. E. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 70th Kumaon. To India 26 June 1918. HQ Third Army.

Craven, Lt. Col. C. H. J. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 56 Group. To England 21 December 1917. Third Army.

Crowe, 2/Lt. J. A. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 43rd Ranchi Indian Labour Company. 36 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Crump, Capt. E. W. E. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 21st U.P. Indian Labour Company. 69 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Davies, 2/Lt. D. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 22nd Khasi Indian Labour Company. 80 Labour Group. Firth Army.

Davis, 2/Lt. C. J. Mc. N. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 70th Kumaon Indian Labour Company. To India 26 June 1918. HQ Third.

Doyle, Capt. F. J. B. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 58th Oraon Indian Labour Company. To India 23 June 1916. 52 Labour Group. I.A.F.

Farnon, Lt. L. R. St. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 75th U.P. Indian Labour Company. To India 14 July 1918. 52 Labour Group. I.A.F.

Fern, 2/Lt. E. A. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 50th North West Frontier Indian Labour Company. 8 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Hoernle, Capt. E. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 53rd Santal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. Labour Group 70. Third Army.

Holmes, Capt. H. R. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 30th Bihar Indian Labour Company. To India 30 April 1918. 69 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Howard, W. H. K. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 72nd U.P. Indian Labour Company. To England 17 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Jamiluddin, 2/Lt. Mohammed, N.I.L. Forces. Officer Commanding 23rd U.P. I.L.C. To India 19 April 1918. Labour Group 69. Fifth Army.

Jeffrey, Capt. C. F. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 39th Manipur Indian Labour Company. To India 9 May 1918. Labour Group 79. Lines of Communication.

Kearsey, 2/Lt. E. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 26th Lushai Indian Labour Company. Invalided to UK 2 March 1918. 61 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Kelly, Capt. W. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 54th Santal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 52 Labour Group. I.A.F.

Khan, 2/Lt. Mohammed Gul. N.I.L. Forces. Officer Commanding 49th North West Frontier Indian Labour Company. To India 19 April 1918. 53 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Kingsley, 2/Lt/ W. E. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 60th Burma Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. HQ Third Army.

Lang, Lt. Col. J. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 52 Group. I.A.F.

More, 2/Lt. J. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 21st U.P. Indian Labour Company. To India 19 April 1918. Labour Commandant. VII Corps.

Nath, 2/Lt. (A/Capt.) Pandit Kashi Nath. N.I.L. Forces. Officer Commanding 23rd U.P.I.L.C. To India 19 April 1918. 68 Labour Group. Fifth Army.

Needham, Capt. J. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 26th Lushai ILC. To India 19 April 1918. 61 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Norton, Capt. N. B. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 24th U.P.I.L.C. To India 1 May 1918. Labour Group 13. Lines of Communication.

Ory, Rev. S. J. (Hon. Capt. & Chapl.) 41st Ranchi Indian Labour Company. To India 13 May 1918. Labour Group 36. Fifth Army.

Owens, Lt. Col. F. C. Indian Army. Officer Commanding 56 Group. To England 29 June 1918. Third Army.

Owen Smith, Lt. R. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 52nd Santal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 69 Group. Fifth Group.

Padden-Row, 2/Lt. D. A. T. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 60th Burma Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. HQ Third.

Park, 2/Lt. W. J. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 76th Kumaon. To England 2 August 1918. 52 Labour Group. I.A.F.

Pettifer, 2/Lt. F. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 31st Bihar Indian Labour Company. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Place, 2/Lt. W. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 52nd Santal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 69 Group. Fifth Army.

Playfair, Lt. Col. A. Indian Army. Officer Commanding 62 Group. To England 18 August 1918. Second Army.

Prance, Capt. B. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 63rd Bengal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Rees, Capt. R. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 65th Manipur Indian Labour Company. To India 9 May 1918. 69 Group. Fifth Army.

Reid, 2/LT. (A/Capt.) W. P. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 29th Lushai Indian Labour Company. 68 Group. Fifth Army.

Robertson, 2/LT. E. A. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 63rd Bengal Indian Labour Company. To India 15 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Rose, Lt. Col. Rose. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 45th U.P. as Sub. To England 8 June 1918. 8 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Shaw, 2/Lt. G. W. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 64th Bengal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Smith, 2/Lt. (A/Capt.), T. S. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 35th Naga Indian Labour Company. To India 15 April 1918. 55 Group. First Army.

Stark, 2/LT. J. D. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 45th U.P. Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 8 Labour Group. Fourth Army.

Stephen, 2/Lt. R. F. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 65th Manipur Indian Labour Company. To India 9 May 1918. 69 Group. Fifth Army.

Thomson, 2/Lt. (A/Capt.) A. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 32nd Bihar Indian Labour Company. To India 30 April 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Thompson, 2/Lt. E. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 63rd Bengal Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Walker, 2/LT. E. C. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 45th U.P. Indian Labour Company. To India 19 April 1918. 8 Group. Fourth Army.

Wiggins, 2/Lt. D. G. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 72nd U.P. Indian Labour Company. To Indian 26 June 1918. 52 Group. I.A.F.

Williamson, Capt. A. T. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 51st Ranchi Indian Labour Company. To India 6 June 1918. 36 Group. Fifth Army.

Williamson, 2/Lt. (A/Capt.) H. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Officer Commanding 34th Khasi ILC. To India 31 March 1918. 34 Group. Third Army.