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 Edward Hull

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

The National Roll (mostly submitted by families) describes his service as follows: After joining in June 1916 he completed his course of training and was engaged with his unit on the isle of Sheppey on important duties. Being medically unfit for overseas service he could not secure his transfer to a fighting front but rendered valuable service until his demobilisation in January 1919.

Sapper Fred Clark

Husband of Alice J. Clark, of 152, Leagrave Rd., Luton. Born at Dunmow, Essex.


The expectations of Sapper Fred Clark that he would shortly return home from German East Africa, where he had been serving under General Smuts, have unhappily not materialised. He now lies under the soil of the captured territory, for his wife, who resides at 152, Leagrave Road, has been officially notified that her husband has died from neuritis, the effect of the climate.

Sapper Walter William Pinney

In the 1911 census, Walter was living at 30 Oak Road, Luton. He was living with his 50 year old father Walter, who was as brickmaker's labourer, sister Ellen Victoria, 23, working as a launderess and his 17 year old sister Edith, who is a strawhat machinist. Walter is working as a sawmill machinist.


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