Royal Canadian Engineers

The mission of the Canadian Military Engineers is to contribute to the survival, mobility, and combat effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their roles are to conduct combat operations, support the Canadian Forces in war and peace, support national development, provide assistance to civil authorities, and support international aid programs.


Military engineers’ responsibilities encompass the use of demolitions and land mines, the design, construction and maintenance of defensive works and fortifications, urban operations (hostile room entry), breaching obstacles, establishing/maintaining lines of communication, and bridging. They also provide water, power and other utilities, provide fire, aircraft crash and rescue services, hazardous material operations, and develop maps and other engineering intelligence. In addition, military engineers are experts in deception and concealment, as well as in the design and development of equipment necessary to carry out these operations. The official role of the combat engineer is to allow friendly troops to live, move and fight on the battlefield and deny that to the enemy.



Name: Bourner, Roland Edward

Rank: Sapper

Age 42

No. E/41530

Unit: A Company

Missing since: 07-04-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Charles Henry Bourner, of Danville, Quebec.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been drowned whilst guarding a bridge at Emmerich, Germany.