Dalton-le-Dale History Society Royal Army Service Corps.

Private John Lamb

Reg No; MT/052190
Royal Army Service Corps.

Died February 24th 1919
Remembered with Honour at
Dunkirk Town Cemetry France.
Grave Memorial Ref 1V .F.23.
St Andrews Church Dalton le Dale
Murton Cenotaph

Born in 1895 at Hesledon Moor Farm, Cold Hesledon. The grandson of John and Margaret Lamb, the son of John and Elizabeth Lamb who farmed East Farm Dalton le Dale.

In 1911 Robert and Elizabeth Mary Lamb had a family of 10 children, John, Robert, Margaret Ann ,William, Esther Mary, Annabel, Alice, Blanche, Joseph Dalton, and Thomas.

John who worked for his father owned several houses on his Grandfathers estate at Hesledon Moor.

The British Army placed more reliance on mechanised transport on the Western Front but it never came close to replacing the horse and mule by machines. From 1915 onwards large artillery pieces were moved by purpose built caterpillar tracked or wheeled tractors

The ASC received little in the way of commendations or entries in the official reports of the Great War.

March 1918 Army Service Corp troops were ordered to take up their rifles and were drafted into front line battalions. Overall casualty rates of the Army Service Corp totalled 16,000, with 2,600 killed in action or died of wounds, 5,900 died of disease.

The town of Dunkirk in the First World War was a French Hospital centre and the Canadian Stationary Hospital. An estimated 7,500 shells and bombs fell on the town during WW1.