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84529 Sapper C.J. DRING
Royal Engineers

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

Dring enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers for service in the Great War of 1914-1918. He was posted to the 207th Field Company, R.E. at Norwich. This company formed part of the 34th Divisional Royal Engineers. The company was deployed to France and Flanders and operated in the following areas (the place names listed in bold represent areas of major actions):

Steenbecque: 23 January 1916
Erquingham: 24 February 1916
Dernacourt: 10 May 1916
Albert (The Somme): 1 July 1916
Bazentin: 14 July 1916
Bresle: 19 July 1916
Bazentin Wood/High Wood: 31 July 1916
Pozieres: 23 July 1916
Roclincourt Valley (Scarpe): 9 April 1917
Scarpe: 23 April 1917
Arleux: 28 April 1917
Gorges: 9 May 1917
Hargicourt: 26 August - 9 September 1917
Poelcappelle: 9 October 1917
Passchendaele: 12 October 1917
St. Quentin: 21 March 1918 (company at Croisilles-St. Leger-Boiry Becquerelle).
Bapaume: 24 March 1918
Arras: 28 March 1918
Estaires: 9 April 1918
Messines: 10 April 1918
Hazebrouck: 12 April 1918
Bailleul: 13 April 1918
Kemmel: 17 April 1918
Soissonnais-Ourcq: 23 July 1918 (with the French XX Corps)
Geromenil Farm: 28 July 1918
Ypres: 28 September 1918
Courtrai: 14 October 1918 (company at Menin)

Sapper Dring survived the war and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory for his service.

REFERENCES:
1. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal, 1925-1932.
2. DOYLE, A.C. The British Campaign in France and Flanders, 1918.