During the Great war, vast quantities of timber were required by the Army in France. Initially imports from Canada provided most of what was needed but, as the war progressed, ships were required for other essential supplies, so imports of timber fell dramatically.
In 1916, the British government asked the country’s oldest ally, Portugal, to send workers to assist with the war effort. Soon both the Portuguese Forestry Corps and Canadian Forestry Corps had teams working all across the United Kingdom, totalling many thousands of men.
This side of the war effort was not without its casualties, and those serving were accorded Commonwealth War Graves.
Commonwealth War Graves