E-Mail: REUbique@aol.com

(c) Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis, 1999-2017. All Rights Reserved.

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!


1870074 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.


Places to Go

1) Officers

2) Non-Commissioned Officers

3) Other Ranks

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Information is required on the following individuals:

Captain (formerly 15999 WO1) William George Dean, R.E.
Captain (formerly 27489 CSM) Henry James Dean, R.E.

Photographs wanted for the following individuals:

Major Quentin Douglas, R.E.
Major Sydney Alfred Greenfield, R.E.

Last Update: 22 March 2017
[camera symbol indicates photograph
of individual is available]

New Names:
2nd Lieutenant Arthur Law Marshall (added 17 February 2017)
18061 (1852299) Corporal Frank Ernest Harrington Stiles, R.E. (added 7 March 2017)

New Information:
Lieutenant Colonel Victor Richard Thomas Menage, R.E. (added October 2016)
Captain Thomas Edward Schafer, R.E. (added October 2016)
Colonel Algernon Campbell Foley, R.E. (added December 2016)
Major Sydney Alfred Greenfield, R.E. (added February 2017)
16151 Engineer Clerk Staff Sergeant Frank Arthur Harrington Stiles, R.E. (added February 2017)
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Bertram Legh, O.B.E., M.C., R.E. (added March 2017)

In Search of Information on Relatives of Visitors to this Website

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 find.

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 find.


World Militaria Dealers Webring
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 Medals.

Eugene G. Ursual, Military Antiquarian, Inc.
Specialists in the field of British and Canadian Military Memorabilia.

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.

Jeremy Tenniswood
Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria of the British Empire.

Orders and Medals Research Society
To promote and foster a general interest in the study of orders, decorations and medals.

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 wars.

Ex-Forces Network.
Official military site that helps former comrades get in touch with one another.


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 world

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
See photographs 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

Army Links. Interesting 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

Fred Larimore
Photographs, campagn medals, and the biographical studies
of 19th century Britih and
Indian Army soldiers.

United Kingdom
Military Web Site Links

World War One Photos
Reproduction Photos,
Original Photos,
Postcards and Obituaries

Postal and Courier Service (PCS)
Branch, Royal Engineers Association

Genealogy Resource. Birth, marriage and death certificates researched.

World War Two Books
Military history books,
mainstream and specialist,new and used.


The Indian Army on
Campaign, 1901-1939

SA Army LogoRhodesian Army Logo
South African and Rhodesian Military Engineers
by Mark Craig

11 Independent
Field Squadron
Terendak, Malya