Sapper (abbreviated Spr) is the Royal Engineers' equivalent of Private. This is also the case within the Indian Army Corps of Engineers, Canadian Military Engineers, Royal Australian Engineers,[1] South African Army Engineer Formation and Royal New Zealand Engineers. The term Sapper was introduced in 1856 when the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners was amalgamated with the officer Corps of Royal Engineers to form the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Sapper William Charles Marshall

Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and the National Roll of the Great War (Section V)

The National Roll (mostly submitted by families) describes his service as follows: he volunteered in August 1914 and after his training was retained for some time on important duties. In July 1918 he was drafted to German East Africa where he rendered valuable services as a signaller whilst operations were in progress but in the following December was invalided home suffering from malarial fever. He was demobilised in February 1919 and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.


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