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HQRU Info No 34 Coy RE

Discussion in 'HQ research Unit' started by walbon, Feb 10, 2018.


  1. walbon

    walbon Mi Recruit MI.Net Member

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    Looking for the significance of the clenched fist holding lightning placed over an open wing, emerging from the top of a crown. This appears on the grave of a sapper who died in 1885. His unit was No 34 Coy (Submarine and Mining) RE. Can anyone please shed some light on the meaning of this image. Many thanks

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    Brit-Pop Mi Corporal MI.Net Member

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    This is the crest of the 'Board of Ordnance Submarine Mining Service'

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    Engineers had been organised by the Board of Ordnance since 1716, but became a separate corps under the War Office, when the Board was abolished in 1855. The Submarine Mining Service, of the Royal Engineers was formed at Chatham in 1871. The Service installed, maintained and operated underwater defences in the approaches to dockyard ports. The vessels were crewed by uniformed civilians.

    Their badge, pattern sealed 25th October 1886 (L of C 5121), was the 1806 crest of the Board of Ordnance arms on a Blue Ensign. The Admiralty took over the Submarine Mining Service in 1904, which by then had 68 vessels and about 130 small craft in harbours throughout the Empire. The War Office retained the badge, which was renamed in the 1907 Admiralty Flag Book as, "War Office : Royal Engineers". However the badge was endorsed as obsolete in 1909 (L of C 14808).

    One of their ensigns is preserved in the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, Kent, and another, that of the 48th Submarine Mining Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, in Hood Building at Esquimault, British Columbia.
     
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  3. walbon

    walbon Mi Recruit MI.Net Member

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    Thank you very much for a very detailed answer. Amazed at the speed of your response. I am glad I have found this forum as it will my work of interpreting the symbology that much easier.
     
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Good work @Brit-Pop and thanks for answering so quickly, amazing stuff
    @walbon we may not be able to assist all the time but we will give it a good go :)
     
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