Jackman station

British Columbia. Railway Point
CNR, S of Tête Jaune Cache
52°57’00” N 119°23’00” W — Map 83D/14 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1951. Official in BCCanada

Philip Jackman (1835-1927) was a sapper with the British Royal Engineers. He served with the Columbia Detachment, which built the Cariboo Road from Yale to Quesnel in the 1860s. He also worked on the B.C. section of the Canadian Pacific Railroad location survey, conducted from 1871 to 1885. He was a road-builder, Cariboo-miner, policeman, fish warden, farmer, storekeeper, and was elected Reeve (mayor) of Langley three times.

A sapper is a soldier employed in digging trenches, building fortifications, and executing field works. The non-commissioned officers and privates of the Engineers were formerly called the Royal Sappers and Miners. They became the Royal Engineers in 1859. The privates are still unofficially called sappers.

References:

  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly. Professional land surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • CN (Canadian National Railway). Transportation planning branch, Edmonton, and historical office, Montréal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *