In Memory of
Cyril Frederick [Fred] Hankinson
22nd May 1915 [Hollins Green] - 4th September 2004 [Nottingham]
Lance Corporal 1887407, Royal Engineers, 21st Army Group,
41 Mech Eqpt (Tn) Sec, 55 Mech Eqpt (Tn) Platoon, Royal Engineers
Husband to Louie (Lou) HANKINSON formerly BALM
of New Basford Nottingham
The Royal Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Royal Engineers (RE) is beside the Royal Artillery the oldest of the "scientific" services.. Theirs is the task to lay and clear minefields, to build and demolish bridges and fortifications etc. The R.E. sub-units are called regiments and squadrons. They handle everything from highly specialised military roles, as bomb disposal, mineclearing, recce diving and combat engineering, to tasks like surveying, road maintainance and using earth moving machinery.
Fred [as he was known to family and friends] was very proud of his service in the Mechanical Equipment part of the Royal Engineers
He decided that the below certificate merited pride of place in his home and
not be destined to a cupboard/drawer as his medals.
Honi soit qui mal y pense
(Evil be to him who evil thinks)
LastPost is recorded from the daily parade of volunteer buglers of the local Fire Service at Menin Gate [Ypres] Iepers
My maternal grandfathers cousin
The Corps Song.
'Hurrah for the CRE'
Good Morning Mr Stevens and windy Notchy Knight,
Hurrah for the CRE
We're working very hard down at Upnor Hard.
Hurrah for the CRE
You make fast I make fast make fast the dinghy
Make fast the dinghy make fast the dinghy.
You make fast I make fast make fast the dinghy.
Make fast the dinghy pontoon.
For we're marching on to Laffan's Plain.
To Laffan's Plain. To Laffan's Plain.
Yes we're marching on to Laffan's Plain
Where they don't know mud from clay.
Ah, ah. ah. ah. ah. ah. ah.
Oshta. oshta. oshta. oshta.
Ikona malee. picaninny skoff.
Ma-ninga sabenza. here's another off.
Oolum-da cried Matabele,
Oolum-da. away we go.
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah. ah. ah.
France & Germany Star
1939-45 war Medal