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1163 (later 402646) Sapper JOHN ALLAN
Royal Engineers

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

ENLISTMENT(1)

Enlisted as 1163 Sapper, 2nd (City of Aberdeen) Field Company, R.E. (Territorial Force) with the Highland Division.

UNIT OF ASSIGNMENT(2)

2nd (City of Aberdeen) Field Company, R.E., later redesignated 1/2nd Highland Field Company and then the 401st (Highland) Field Company, R.E. with the 51st (Highland) Division.

ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR(3)

Arrived in France and Flanders on 15 December 1915.

BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS & UNIT LOCATIONS(4)

Battle of Ancre, 13 to 18 November 1916

Battle of Scarpe, 9 to 14 April and 23 to 24 April 1917

Battle of Arleux, 28 to 29 April 1917

Battle of Pilckem, 31 July to 2 August 1917

Battle of Menin Road, 20 to 25 September 1917

Battle of Cambrai, 20 November to 3 December 1917

Battle of St. Quentin, 21 to 23 March 1918

Battle of Baupaume, 24 to 25 March 1918

Battle of Estaires, 9 to 11 April 1918

Battle of Hazebrouck, 12 to 15 April 1918

Battle of Bethune, 18 April 1918

Battle of Tardenois, 20 to 31 July 1918

Battle of Scarpe, 26 to 30 August 1918

Battle of Selle, 17 to 25 October 1918

Demobilized on 8 March 1919

MEDAL ENTITLEMENTS(3)

1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

REFERENCES

  1. Naming on the Victory Medal.
  2. Army Council Instructions (ACI) 2243 Appendix 192, of 1916.
  3. Medal Index Card.
  4. Battle Honours of the Royals Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal, Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham, Kent, 1925-32.