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250th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers was formed in Rouen in October 1915. They dug the deep-level mines at Petit Bois, Peckham and Spanbroekmolen under the Messines Ridge and sucessfully detonated thier mines at 3.10am on the 7th of June 1917.



Those who served with The 250th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers

at the Battle of Messines.

  • Ashmore
  • Harold Spr. d.23rd Sep 1917
  • Begbie
  • David Gibson Spr. d.20th Jun 1916
  • Bishop
  • John Frederick Spr. d.17th Jun 1916
  • Bootle
  • H. Spr. d.10th Aug 1917
  • Brown
  • Horace Frederick Spr. d.1st Jun 1917
  • Claxton  
  • Thomas Kilwick d.4th Oct 1917
  • Evans
  • William Spr. d.24th Aug 1917
  • Fisher  
  • Isaac Pte.
  • Ingham
  • Joseph Pte. d.26th Jun 1917
  • McFarlane  
  • Daniel Sapper d.24th Feb 1917
  • O'Connell
  • Jeremiah Pte. d.6th Oct 1916
  • Shaw  DCM.
  • Henry Sgt.




    Beneath Flanders Fields: The Tunnellers War 1914-1918

    Peter Barton, Peter Doyle & Johan Vandewalle


    Whilst the war raged across Flanders fields, an equally horrifying and sometimes more dangerous battle took place underground. "Beneath Flanders Fields" tells the story of the tunnellers' war, which still remains one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and mystifying conflicts of the Great War. A wealth of personal testimonies reveal the engineering, technology and science behind how this most intense of battles was fought - and won. They speak of how the tunnellers lived a relentless existence in the depths of the battlefield for almost two and a half years, enduring physical and mental stresses that were often more extreme than their infantry counterparts. Their lives were reduced to a complex war of silence, tension and claustrophobia, leading up to the most dramatic mine offensive in history launched on 7 June 1917 at Messines Ridge. Yet, Messines was not the end of their story, which continued with the crafting of a whole underground world of headquarters, cookhouses and hos


    Underground Warfare 1914-1918

    Simon Jones


    Simon Jones's graphic history of underground warfare during the Great War uses personal reminiscences to convey the danger and suspense of this unconventional form of conflict. He describes how the underground soldiers of the opposing armies engaged in a ruthless fight for supremacy, covers the tunnelling methods they employed, and shows the increasingly lethal tactics they developed during the war in which military mining reached its apotheosis. He concentrates on the struggle for ascendancy by the British tunnelling companies on the Western Front. But his wide-ranging study also tells the story of the little known but fascinating subterranean battles fought in the French sectors of the Western Front and between the Austrians and the Italians in the Alps which have never been described before in English. Vivid personal testimony is combined with a lucid account of the technical challenges - and ever-present perils - of tunnelling in order to give an all-round insight into the extraord
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    Underground Warfare 1914-1918






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