Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis, 1999-2016. All
I have been a collector and
researcher of medals, uniforms, militaria and photographs of officers,
non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Engineers and Engineers of the
British Empire and Commonwealth for over 30 years.
On this site I present the
names, ranks, and regimental and/or army numbers of the men whose medals or
other militaria and photographs are in my collection. In some cases information
pertaining to the lives and military service of the individuals is presented in
detail. In other cases the information is presented in outline form to be
expanded at a later date. Where further research is being undertaken you will
find the notation (RESEARCH IN PROGRESS) indicated.
The purpose of this web site is two fold;
1) to provide information of interest to family, friends and fellow
soldiers who served with these men, and;
2) to obtain additional information concerning the lives and service
of these men from anyone who knew them or served with them.
As my research work is always ongoing, new names and details will be
added to the site on a regular basis. If you have any information regarding any
of the individuals who appear on this site, or if you would just like to
comment on the site or correct any inaccuracies or errors, please contact me. Please
contact me as well if you have an interest in the military service of any
individual listed on the site for whom service details have not yet been
provided. I will be happy to provide you with what I have even before I post
the information on the site. Each of the sites listed below has a guest book. Please
sign in and let me have your comments and questions.
New additions to the web site will be posted at the bottom of this
home page. Please be sure to check for new names or notices regarding the
posting of new service details to any existing name. Links to new names are
posted in red. Links to new information for previous listed individuals will be
posted in blue.
To search this site you may first go to the page for the Corps in
which you are interested under "Places to Go" listed below. You can
then search each page by using "Find (in page)" under
"Edit"or you can simply scroll through the pages. Good luck!
Warrant Officer Class I John Firth, Royal Engineers
Tribute and Farewell to an Old Comrade
My old friend and comrade Jack Firth died
peacefully in bed on Friday, 19 August 2005,
a month after his 95th birthday and shortly
after the 60th anniversary of VJ Day. I will
miss his friendly smile and optimistic outlook
on life, which he maintained despite his suffering
during World War 2 as a prisoner of the Japanese.
I can only imagine how he must have suffered
working on the infamous Siam to Burma Railway.
It is a tribute to his toughness of body and spirit
that he lived more than a half-century beyond those
dreadful years in captivity.
REST IN PEACE, JACK
Places to Go
Sappers and Miners
- The Corps of Royal
Engineers is divided by ranks; that is, officers, non-
commissioned officers and other ranks. These may be searched by clicking
the appropriate category below.
2) Non-Commissioned Officers
3) Other Ranks
Pioneer Battalions and Labour Corps (Great
Army Post Office Corps, including the 24th Middlesex
Rifle Volunteers, during the Boer War period
Royal Canadian Engineers and Canadian Military Engineers,
including, Canadian Engineers, Canadian Infantry Works Companies, Canadian
Railway Troops and the Canadian Forestry Corps
Pioneer Battalions (Great War Period).
Royal Australian Engineers, including Australian
Engineers and Pioneer Battalions of the Great War Period.
Royal New Zealand Engineers
African Engineer Corps, including the South African
Railway and Harbour Brigade
Sappers & Miners and Indian Engineers,
including the Military Engineer Service, Indian Telegraph Department,
Indian Public Works Department and the Indian Survey Department
Engineers, including the Bengal and Bombay Engineer Groups (post
Engineers (post 1947)
Pioneer Regiments, including the Bombay
Pioneers, Madras Pioneers, Sikh Pioneers and Hazara Pioneers
Units, including the Railway Pioneer Regiment, Rhodesian
Engineers and the Indian Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps
including officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks of other
Corps, Regiments and Departments of the British Army and armies of the
British Empire and Commonwealth (under
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is required on the following individuals:
Captain (formerly 15999 WO1) William
George Dean, R.E.
Captain (formerly 27489 CSM) Henry James Dean, R.E.
wanted for the following individuals:
Major Quentin Douglas, R.E.
Update: 27 July 2016
symbol indicates photograph
of individual is available]
Douglas, R.E. (added 24 June 2016)
Major Geoffrey Thornborrow Bristed, R.E.
(added 3 January 2015)
22828 Quartermaster Sergeant William Skidmore Jacob, R.E. (added 27 July 2016)
Lieutenant Colonel Victor Richard Thomas Menage, R.E. (added October 2016)
Captain Thomas Edward Schafer, R.E. (added October 2016)
In Search of Information on Relatives of Visitors to
In an effort to assist visitors to this website, we are pleased
to list the names of relatives of visitors. Please visit the "In Search
Of" page by clicking on the words above. If anyone has any information
regarding the military service of the men listed on this page, please contact
their relatives by clicking on the name. Your help will be appreciated.
Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers and Engineers of
the British Empire in the Great War of 1914-1918
Click on the flag at the left to select the units you wish to
Chronological Outlines of Units of the Royal Engineers
and Engineers of the British Empire
in the Second World War, 1939-1945 and beyond
Click on the flag at the left to select the units you wish to
The World Militaria Dealers Webring site is sponsored by WorldMilitaria.com. Visit these sites of special interest
to collectors of British medals and militaria.
Philip Burman Military Medals Dealer,
Specialising in British and Commonwealth Orders, Decorations and
Eugene G. Ursual, Military Antiquarian, Inc.
Specialists in the field of British and Canadian Military
Neate Militaria and Antiques
Specialists in Medals.
Gary Neate offers a fine selection of British Medals
The Naval & Military Press
offer specialist books for
the serious student of conflict.
Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria of the British Empire.
Orders and Medals Research Society
promote and foster a general interest in the study of orders, decorations and
Royal British Legion.
Guestbook helps former soldiers contact lost friends and relatives.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Records of 1.7 million Commonwealth soldiers who died in both world
Official military site that helps former comrades get in touch with
A very active UK Medals & Militaria Internet Auction Site with
some 2000 registered users and growing steadily.
Home Page & List of
SitesOrders, Decorations & Medals Webring
Royal Engineers Association.
Keep in touch with serving and ex-Sappers in the U.K. and around the
National Archives of Australia.
Australian Service Papers fromWorld War I
Junior Leaders RegimentRoyal Engineers Association
A site devoted to locating ex-boy soldiers who once
served as Junior Leaders
Royal Engineers Photo Page
submitted by people who are or who have served in the Corps
National Archives of Canada.
Soldiers of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force
and informative links to
many sites dealing with
the British Army, past andpresent.
2nd Cheshire Royal Engineers
(Railway) Volunteers Website by Noel K. Hannan
Norman W. Collett
Orders, Decorations and Medals
Photographs, campagn medals, and the biographical studies
of 19th century Britih and
Indian Army soldiers.
Military Web Site Links
World War One Photos
Postcards and Obituaries
and Courier Service (PCS)
Branch, Royal Engineers Association
Genealogy Resource. Birth, marriage and death certificates researched.
War Two Books
Military history books,
mainstream and specialist,new and used.
The Indian Army on
South African and Rhodesian Military Engineers
by Mark Craig