FamilySearch, on 12 July 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:
Thank you. Just as I had suspected as I knew he was in the Royal Navy most of his life, retired, and then went into the Royal Marines when the war started. His gravestone lists it as "R.N.; R.M. LAB. CPS.; B.E.F." What does the LAB. CPS. mean? Is that labourer? or an actual Laboratory?
LAB CPS relates to the Labour Corps that was formed in 1917. It generally held and employed men in a wide variety of 'physical grades', including the lowest possible. The intent was to find use for every man in what had become a war of National survival. Everyone could 'do his bit' in the Labour Corps. Low grades could range from men who had military experience, but who were physically weaker through age (they would oversee the more able bodied, but less experienced), or men who had been wounded in other parts of the Army and were no longer fit for the front line. The range of jobs open to these men was extensive and both in France and Flanders (BEF) and at home.