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Charlie,

Many thanks.   PhilipG.
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Philip,
Area Employment Companys worked only in a particular area and carried out many tasks, ranging from Concert Parties to Salvage.

A more detailed explanation can be found here

http://www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_main1.htm

Charlie
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                   30161 Pte T.Burns 13th Manchesters & Labour Corps.

This soldier, originally with the 13th battalion was transferred to the 1035th Area Employment Company of the Labour Corps with a service number of 393876.  He died on the 7th January 1919, possibly of influenza, as it is reported that Bralo British Cemetery in which he is buried contains many who died during that epidemic.

Bralo is near the site of the Battle of Thermopylae  (480 BC) and also the more recent battle of that name which took place during the evacuation of Greece by British & Commonwealth forces in April 1941.  This was followed a month later by the British defeat in Crete by German attacking forces.

I notice that the headstones in the cemetery lie horizontally on the ground, the cemetery as a whole occupying a picturesque and mountainous setting.     

The designation "Area Employment Company Labour Corps" is not one with which I am familiar.  PhilipG.
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Does anyone know of a newspaper obituary for Mills? I cannot locate one in the Bury newspapers. This has proved a recurring problem for Bury Grammar School old boys who came from Prestwich and Whitefield.
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1914 - 1918 / Re: 1648 pte John Harold Guest
« Last post by whelan190 on March 25, 2017, 09:29:16 PM »
Thank you Charlie :)
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Manchester's Fallen / Re: Memorials to Manchester Regiment men
« Last post by Tim Bell on March 25, 2017, 03:21:02 PM »
St Mary's Parish Church, Stockport.
Lt Tom Rethman Mills Memorial
1/6th Bttn
Credit Antony Mills
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All Other Manchester Regiment Queries / Re: Crete guns
« Last post by Baconwallah on March 25, 2017, 12:13:01 PM »
Thank you for the info, Sphinx.

To the best of my knowledge the Crete guns were already in Ashton-under Lyne in 2003, before the transfer into the care of the Manchesters Museum. The question remains therefore, why (and when) were the guns transferred from the RWF Depot to Manchester?

John
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Malaya / Re: Iban Trackers & Sarawak Rangers --- The Memoir
« Last post by george.theshed197 on March 25, 2017, 11:47:46 AM »
Hi there Roy,
I did respond to your recent Query re "AWOL" - but it would seem that it may have gone astray; hence this reminder for you.
I did mention my eye problem (I think)  I am having difficult and following a  trip to Specsaver,s they have advised me that I have a cataract problem and following further tests I will be having it sorted next Friday 31st March at St. Mary,s Hospital, Portsmouth and that hopefully that the other one will  be dealt with in due course and then I will be like Nelson for a couple of days - Aye Aye -sir.
Trust that yourself and Jean are both OK,and that I should be available again in a couple of weeks or so .
Take care and hopefully may try to sort out where  ibu Sarawak Magdelene may  have disappeared to ?
Regards to all at the Forum who presumably are just as curious as I am.
George and Alice.
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All Other Manchester Regiment Queries / Re: Crete guns
« Last post by sphinx on March 25, 2017, 10:58:10 AM »
The 2 cannon that proudly stand outside the Town Hall, Ashton under Lyne, are called ‘The Crete Guns’. They were taken by the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers on the Island of Crete (1897-98) and they were, for a long time, displayed in the Depot of the Fusiliers in Wrexham.

In 2003 they were transferred into the care of the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, housed in the town hall. The guns were restored by Mr Clive Williams, owner of Progressive Engineering, Audenshaw.

The cannons replaced 2 earlier cannon that were taken away during the Second World War (1939-45) for materials to help in the war effort. These themselves had been gifted to the town of Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1858, and were Russian guns captured during the Crimean War (1854-56).
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All Other Manchester Regiment Queries / Crete guns
« Last post by Baconwallah on March 25, 2017, 10:19:59 AM »
There is an interesting new thread on the Royal Welch Forum - http://rwf-forum.co.uk/vBulletin/showthread.php?23612-Turkish-Cannons-Field-guns&p=89750#post89750

"Upon their return to Britain following their two periods in Crete in 1897 and 1898, 2/RWF apparently brought with them 2 Ottoman (Turkish) field guns."

These guns are now standing outside the Manchester Regt Museum. Why they ended up with the Manchesters is a mystery. Does anyone have any information on this?

John
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