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The Corps of Royal Engineers in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Royal Engineers. The war of 1914-1918 relied on engineering. Without engineers…


Composition of a Royal Engineers’ Field Company

The Royal Engineers carried out a number of different roles for the army both in the battlefield and along the lines of communication. The various specialisms were organised into different types of units. These units…



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Railway Construction Companies of the Royal Engineers

The extraordinary sophistication of military railways in the Great War. At Richborough in Kent, a whole new port was built to expand Cross-Channel supply shipping capacity. Among its features was what we we today call…




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The Fortress Companies of the Royal Engineers

The Fortress Companies at the start of the war On 1 August 1914 there were 11 Fortress Companies at home and 15 overseas, all on coastal defence duties. Some were entirely for Electric Light (that…




Artizan Works Companies of the Royal Engineers

The Royal Engineers’ Artizan Works Companies were made up of skilled men from a variety of trades and were used for a wide range of work, initially hut construction and road making, in the lines of…