Sappers undertook a variety of military engineering
duties such as bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields,
demolitions, field defences and general construction, including roads.
The sappers provided much of the infrastructure necessary for the
infantry to do its job effectively. On the Western Front, sappers also
dug many of the narrow trenches that pointed towards the enemy’s line
(‘saps’). This, of course, was very dangerous work. In the above photo the sapper on the left was helping to load a howitzer. Rod Martin tells the story of Sapper Ernie Nickelson of Ascot Vale, who died of wounds in 1917.
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.