All Together Lads – 16 Sappers Together Forever 6 February 1916

15 sappers all died and buried together

On 6 February 1916, whilst completing a mine excavation in the area of La Boisselle, at least 16 Royal Engineer Privates or “Sappers” died together and are now buried next to their comrades in Becourt Military Cemetery. Their work was especially dangerous. These sappers weren’t pals battalions, but the impact of so many casualties at once wears the nerves of those that survive. A sobering thought. Note the closeness of the gravestones and the full identity of every sapper (they expected to die and so kept excellent records of movements and personal details).

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