Regiment: Royal Engineers (RE's)

The RE’s has been involved in every major conflict the British Army has fought and has ever since lived up to its Motto “Ubique” (“Everywhere”).
Royal Engineer tunnelling companies, nicknamed “the Moles”, were specialist units of the Corps of Royal Engineers within the British Army, formed to dig attacking tunnels under enemy lines during the First World War. They designed and built the frontline fortifications, creating cover for the infantry and positions for the artillery. It was in the hands of the technically skilled RE’s to develop responses to chemical and underground warfare.
The RE’s maintained the railways, roads, water supply, bridges and transport – allowing supplies to the armies. They operated the railways and inland waterways, maintained wireless, telephones and other signalling equipment, making sure communications existed. The Royal Engineers grew into a large and complex organisation, by the 1 August 1914, the RE consisted of 1056 officers and 10394 men of the regular army and Special Reserve, plus another 513 and 13127 respectively serving with the RE of the Territorial Force. The officers and men manned 26 coastal defence Fortress Companies (of which 15 were overseas), 7 Signal Companies, 2 Cable and Airline (signalling) Companies, 15 Field Companies, 3 Survey Companies, 2 Railway Companies, and miscellaneous other units. There were also 9 Depot companies carrying out training and administrative duties, as well as various Schools.
In 1915, in response to German mining of British trenches under the then static siege conditions of World War One, the corps formed its own tunnelling companies. Manned by experienced coal miners from across the country, they operated with great success until 1917, when after the fixed positions broke, they built deep dugouts such as the Vampire dugout to protect troops from heavy shelling. By 1 August 1917, it had grown to a total of 295668. It was twelve times bigger than the peacetime establishment.

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Address
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2, Martin St., Holme Church Lane, Beverley
       
Died on
19/02/1921
       
Aged
41
Born Beverley, 12/11/1879. Son of Thomas Boyes (1851-1925) and Mary Coupland (1851-1935), of Beaver House, Grovehill, Beverley; He had a brother, George and sister, Annie. Worked as a Joiner. He married on 22nd June 1902, at  St Matthews Church, Denmark Hill, Lambeth. Husband of Emma Jane Boyes (1877-1974), of 24 Denton Street Beverley […]
14 SUSANNAH TERRACE, LEE SMITH STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
19/10/1918
       
Aged
29
BORN PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, 1888. SON OF RICHARD AND MARY ANN COOK, AT 48 GRANTHAM STREET, SALFORD, MANCHESTER, AND THIS ADDRESS. HE RESIDED IN SALFORD AND HULL. HE ENLISTED IN HULL. SERVED AS A PIONEER, WITH THE ROYAL ENGINEERS. HE DIED ON 19/10/1918, AGED 29, AT MILL LANE MILITARY CEMETERY, DIDSBURY. BURIED IN HULL HEDON ROAD CEMETERY. H […]
65 , SOUTH PARADE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
23/01/1920
       
Aged
44
BORN HULL 1875. SON OF CHARLES CRAMP (1853-1910) AND ELIZABETH CRAMP (1853-1917). HE MARRIED SARAH ELLEN (PEACH) IN 1911. LIVED AT 5 NEWPORT TERRACE, CAMPBELL STREET (1911 CENSUS) AND THIS CWGC ADDRESS. RAILWAY SERVANT AND BLACKSMITH FOR GLOBE PORTER SHIP REPAIRERS. HE HAD ENLISTED IN HULL, ON 11/05/1908. SERVED AS PRIVATE, 404, 1ST EAST […]
87 , GLASGOW STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
       
       
Died on
21/12/1918
       
Aged
23
BORN HULL 1892. SON OF ROBERT & ELIZABETH FENTON. HE SERVED AS SAPPER, WR/276852, IN THE 52ND BROAD GAUGE OPERATING COMPANY, ROYAL ENGINEERS. DIED AT 30TH GENERAL HOSPITAL, FRANCE, ON 21/12/1918. HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS MOTHER "BERTHA". HIS DEATH & ADDRESS WERE REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 20/12/18. HE IS BURI […]
3 CLAREMONT TERRACE, GOSPORT STREET, LYMINGTON, HAMPSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
03/12/1918
       
Aged
39
Born Aldershot 1879. Son of William Fordham Hills and Elizabeth Hills; husband of Beatrice Annie Hills, of 3, Claremont Terrace, 88, Gosport St., Lymington, Hants. Died at St John's VAD hospital, Cottingham Road, Hull on 3/12/1918. Buried Hull Northern cemetery.
76 , BLENHEIM STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
14/10/1915
       
Aged
52
BORN IMMINGHAM 1863. SON OF VINCENT KNOWLES AND EMMA ANN WINDASS. MARRIED CAISTOR, LINCS, SEPTEMBER 1889. WIFE SARAH BLACKBURN KNOWLES LIVED AT THIS ADDRESS & 25 MORPETH STREET, HULL. THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER AND SERVED IN EGYPT AS A RE'S QUARTERMASTER (1911 CENSUS). HE DIED IN HULL AGED 52 AND LEFT £527 […]
3 PYM ROAD, MEXBOROUGH, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
13/10/1916
       
Aged
31
BORN HULL. ENLISTED MEXBOROUGH, ROTHERHAM. WIFE SELINA OLBY ABOVE.
57 , ALBANY STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
16/12/1918
       
Aged
18
BORN HULL 1901. SON OF JENNIE SAWNEY, OF 57 ALBANY STREET, HULL. HE DROWNED IN THE RIVER TRENT,WHILE BUILDING A BRIDGE, WHEN THE RIVER WAS IN FLOOD AND DANGEROUS. HIS BODY WAS NOT RECOVERED UNTIL MAY 1919. HE HAD A BRILLIANT SCHOLASTIC CAREER AT HYMERS. HE WON THE FIRST OPEN SCHOLARSHIP TO ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, IN MATHEMATICS. […]
HULL WORKHOUSE, ANLABY ROAD, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK
       
       
Died on
31/07/1921
       
Aged
36
BORN HULL 24/02'1885. SON OF HENRY W TOMPKINS AND SARAH ANN TAYLOR. HIS FATHER DIED IN 1915. HIS MOTHER DIED IN 1929. HE WAS A SINGLE MAN AND RAILWAY LABOURER AND LIVED AT THIS ADDRESS (1911 CENSUS). ENLISTED HULL, SERVED IN THE ROYAL ENGINEERS. BURIED AT BARTON-UPON-HUMBER NEW CEMETERY.
, BEVERLEY, EAST RIDING, YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
       
       
Died on
17/11/1914
       
Aged
33
BORN BEVERLEY 17/03/1881. SON OF FANNY MARIA TWISS AND THE LATE EDWARD C. TWISS, MAGISTRATE OF HULL. GAZETTED TO SCEOND LIEUTENAT, ROYAL ENGINNERS, ON 2/05/1900. PROMOTED LIEUTENANT, ON 02/05/1903/ PROMOTED CAPTAIN ON 02/05/1910. SERVED WITH THE INDIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN THE PERSIAN GULF. KILLED IN ACTION ON 17/11/1914, AGED 33. BURI […]