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Name:
JIM CHARLES
Email:
JCHAR1952@AOL.COM
Date:
01 Jan 2003

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Return visit to site, still looking for comrades of my late father, Bill Charles from Birtley Co. Durham.Embodied '39, served at home , then approx 18 months in Iceland. Drove Bren Carrier, after landing in France d+ 6 or 9, was eventually rebadged Cameronians. wITH xxx CORPS, 2ND army, under Horrocks, saw Ghent, Gheel, Reichswald Forest,Holland Belgium and ended up guarding SS officers in Kiel prison.... Sadly he's not here to tell me any more stories, with hindsight should have taped them. Hope he's with his mates spinning tales. Goodnight DA. sleep tight.

Name:
MARK MOODY
Email:
Date:
31 Dec 2002

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Name:
Tony Williams
Email:
tonyb93@hotmail.com
Date:
30 Dec 2002

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i am trying to trace anyone who fought with my late farther stanley williams he was in the7th cheshire ta regiment hale (st peters church) and served in afria scicerly throughout italy he was a bren gunner any information really welcomed

Name:
jonathan hall
Email:
blkwhtarmy
Date:
24 Dec 2002

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my mums dad was in the dli pre ww2 till end of war. what we of grandads activity and movements is more than sketchy, i guess he didnt talk about it much. he spent alot of the war in a prison camp and we think he was caught in africa. whilst he was in the camp someone he knew drew many pictures of exceptional quality and gave theme to my grandad. they remain in the family and are really treasured. there are drawings of men who we guess were in the camp with them both. if any one knew Harold Nerrgard or know where, when, and how about what happened in africa, drop us a line on email. jonathan (joe)

Name:
jonathan hall
Email:
blkwhtaarmy
Date:
24 Dec 2002

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my mums dad was in the dli pre ww2 till end of war. what we of grandads activity and movements is more than sketchy, i guess he didnt talk about it much. he spent alot of the war in a prison camp and we think he was caught in africa. whilst he was in the camp someone he knew drew many pictures of exceptional quality and gave theme to my grandad. they remain in the family and are really treasured. there are drawings of men who we guess were in the camp with them both. if any one knew Harold Nerrgard or know where, when, and how about what happened in africa, drop us a line on email. jonathan (joe)

Name:
nichola hindmarch
Email:
nickoal@go.com
Date:
20 Dec 2002

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Please put me in touch with hindmarch,s in tyneside signed nichola hindmarch

Name:
Peter Vile
Email:
padvile@btinternet.com
Date:
11 Sep 2002

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STOP PRESS: This site is run from CANADA by ONE MAN called Mike, whose interest is that his grandfather fought with the DCLI in the Boer War and WW I. Mike has done this site for US. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Mile has a high powered job, and 3 children he has to get through school and college. He cannot afford to do everything, either in terms of time or money. He has also had to PAY out of his own pocket to keep this site going for 5 years. Now the good news (hopefully): In my various capacities, I am trying to get this site up and running in the UK. I shall be contacting all LI Association Branches, asking for their support in doing this. If YOU do NOT belong to an LI Branch, then join one now. I need YOUR support if five years of really excellent work by a Canadian called Mike, who has never been in the Light Infantry but has done it for love and as a remembrance of his Grandfather, is not to go down the pan. Mike has agreed to try and keep the site open until I can take it over. If one day you find the site closed, keep looking regularly, because we might have to close it down in Canada before we can re-open it in UK. YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL. I hope I can count on YOU, just like we have counted on Mike for five years.

Name:
PAUL BREARLEY
Email:
coldstreamer20@hotmail.com
Date:
08 Sep 2002

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COULD ANYONE PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ON TWO MEN WHO SERVED WITH THE DURHAMS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THEY WERE 3718976 PTE. WILFRED DAVIES, WHO LOST A LEG DURING THE WAR AND 3453531 PTE HENRY STEPHENSON 9TH BATTALION, WHO DIED FOLLOWING A ACCIDENT ON 2O JUNE 1943.BOTH MEN CAME FROM BURNLEY, LANCASHIRE. ANY INFORMATION WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.

Name:
vic chaffey
Email:
vic.chaffey@vigin.net
Date:
07 Sep 2002

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I joined the Durham LI at Brancepeth castle in August 1944 I did my training there and at Felton and later at Skipton Yorks. From there I was sent to India and transferred to the KOYLI we were stationed at several camps Mysore jungle, Kalyan, Deolali and a few others I can't remember, three of us had a knife tattooed on our left forearm myself l/cpl Rastrick and l/cpl Lenton. I wonder if anyone remembers me or recognises the tattoo, a picture of this and other photos can be seen on my website. freespace.virgin.net/vic.chaffey 

Name:
Ian Paterson
Email:
Ian.paterson@lycos.co.uk 
Date:
30 Aug 2002

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I am trying to get some information on Captain Ronald Paterson DLI seconded to the East African Rifles (Kenya ) in the 1950's.

Name:
john eccles
Email:
Date:
23 Aug 2002

Name:
D L SEENEY
Email:
sunsetmilitaria@btinternet.com
Date:
22 Aug 2002

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Robert O Schultz PFC US ARMY 1945 is trying to contact Alan Cooper POW Stalag Oschatz - This might be 4692595 Pte M A Cooper DLI - POW No 12924. Any help appreciated.

Name:
Rick Glasper
Email:
ricviv@vglasper'.fsnet.co.uk
Date:
21 Aug 2002

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I was in the DLI between 1956-59 I trained at Brancpeth/barned castle/aden/return to barned castle I was in B company we had members attached to us in aden from the DCLI I would love to hear from fellow soldiers/friends my sgt was sgt Bianaugh(?) at brancpeth mjr Flemming was my company commander tony bewick (REME)attached DLI now lives in Beer near seaton in Devon

Name:
ahmedhamza
Email:
ahmedhamza99@yahoo.com
Date:
19 Aug 2002

Name:
Nick Firby
Email:
laki-uk@worldnet.att.net
Date:
19 Aug 2002

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My grandfather served with the DLI from around 1907 until the early '30s. His full number, rank and name were 10226 CQMS J C Marshall. I am conducting private research into his career, which I understand was primarily with the 1 Bn. I know the Bn was in India before, during and after WW1, but I have been unable to find much about what it did etc. After WW1, I also know it served with the Army of Occupation in Germany and Northern Ireland. I would be grateful for any more information on the Bn's activities during these years.

Name:
perry barker
Email:
sherrylynnleblanc@hotmail.ca
Date:
18 Aug 2002

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sorry to see your roll of honour is incomplete. I'm just back from France, a village near lens. could not find my Great grandfathers grave, a private Alf Guyatt, died 1917 in the loos area. Originally from Nottingham he fought with the Durham Light. So many graves had "known only unto god" maybe one was his. I believe that missing soldiers were marked on panels & only bodies were given stone markers. I saw at least a dozen markers of Durham light in the two cemeteries I visited. If his name is on a panel does this mean his remains were never found? missing presumed dead? any info concerning the situation at these cemeteries would be appreciated.

Name:
Chris Leblique
Email:
c.j.leblique@btinternet.com
Date:
12 Aug 2002

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I would like to find out more about my great grandfather John William Leblique, whose occupation in the 1881 census is given as Serjt Major 5th Durham R V. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Name:
Mike Theakston
Email:
paintballmike@chartermi.net
Date:
12 Aug 2002

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I am researching the Theakston family tree and i need all the info you can give me on the history of my family any info will be greatly appreciated.

Name:
Colin Knox
Email:
colinknox@btinternet.com
Date:
10 Aug 2002

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I am researching William Knox, sworn in on 8th March 1860, as a member of the 7th North Riding of York Volunteers, then attached to the 21st Durham Rifle Volunteers, later the Second Volunteer Battalion Durham light Infantry. Any information or help greatly appreciated.

Name:
Michelle
Email:
bubobubo_2000@yahoo.es
Date:
08 Aug 2002

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Looking for any info on John Tomlinson, either a private or a lance corporal with the DLI, no. 8488, originally from Cheshire, who was killed in action near Gueudecourt, France on 15th October 1916.

Name:
Judy Daubenmier
Email:
jdaubenm@umich.edu
Date:
06 Aug 2002

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I am searching for information on Private N.A. Cooper, a member of the Durham Light Infantry, who was captured at Dunkirk on May 20, 1940, and was later held at Colditz Castle. He was a prisoner later at Oschatz, Germany, with my dad, Robert O. Schultz, of the U.S. Army, who desperately wants to know the whereabouts of Mr. Cooper. Judy Daubenmier

Name:
robby thompson
Email:
r.thompson90@ntlworld.com
Date:
01 Aug 2002

Comments

I was in the 7th battalion the light infantry (TA) A company horden from 1993 to 1998 I'm just looking to find out how the lads and lasses are doing now

Name:
DOUGLAS BAIN
Email:
dogsbody@sympatico.ca
Date:
29 Jul 2002

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I looking for any information on my grandfather, L/Sgt Leslie BERESFORD - No. 257594 - of the Durham Light Infantry. For the duration of The WWI was number 6958 -- Served In France: 7.8.18 - 21.2.19. Prior to 1915 service was with the 93rd Highlanders in Crete & India. In civil life he was an author & fiction writer. [b.1878 - d. 1946]. Any information would be gratefully received.

Name:
Mrs E-M Hartley
Email:
mrsemhartley@msn.com
Date:
20 Jul 2002

Name:
Henry Stevens
Email:
has1@soton.ac.uk
Date:
19 Jul 2002

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I am writing to see if anybody can shed any light on my father's role in Korea (Clifford Stevens 1931-1984)where he served as a 2nd Lt. I believe he may have gone out with the KSLI but was a DLI officer. Any information gratefully received.

Name:
Philip Dodd
Email:
doddpc@firenet.ws
Date:
19 Jul 2002

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A very interesting site...I look forward to future updates. My reasons for checking this site are simple, as both my great grandfather & great uncle served with the DLI during WW1. As far as I know, great grandfather (Pte Roberet Pye Lambert, of Grange Villa I think) served with the 19th (Service) Battalion (2nd County), which were formed in West Hartlepool on 13/01/15, as a Bantam Bn. He was a miner & joined as a bandsman but saw service on the Western Front as a stretcher-bearer. His Bn. saw service during the first phase of the Somme campaign, at Passchendaele & later in the war at Ypres & Bapaume. He was awarded the Military Medal, on the Somme I think, though I don't know in which action & for what act. I would love to find out more about this, but I understand citations for MMs were rarely given. He survived the war & lived to a ripe old age, celebrating his diamond wedding anniversary in the late 1960's...I have a copy of an article from a newspaper on this, Northern Echo I think). Any help anyone could offer in finding out more about him & his service would be greatly appreciated. My great uncle (Pte David Dodd, #300571 (3032). 1st/8th Bn., DLI) sadly died on 15/09/16, age 21. I think this was at the battle of Battle of Flers-Courcelette (Somme)...the first day too. As I say, a great site...keep up the good work! Regards, Philip Dodd

Name:
john duhy
Email:
accounts@alert.ie
Date:
19 Jul 2002

Name:
bob dale
Email:
bobelad@aol.com
Date:
19 Jul 2002

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Sir a colleague has asked me if I can trace the owner of a military star medal via the internet the medal apparently was struck in 1918 to servicemen who served between 1914 1915. the only information i have is the surname of WARWICK AND THE NUMBER 4856 ON THE REVERSE Can you help in possibly guiding me in the right direction as to who may help. many thanks BoB Dale p

Name:
Lynda McGuffie
Email:
lynda.mcguffie@ntlworld.com
Date:
10 Jul 2002

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I am looking for any information with regards to my father, he was in the D.L.I. in approx 1953/54 until 1956. in the 9th battalion he also played football for the regiment, his name William James McGuffie. Any information however small would be appreciated.

Name:
William Davison
Email:
william@shabakah.com
Date:
10 Jul 2002

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My father, William Davison was demobbed from the DLI I think in 1946/47. with the rank of RSM. He first enlisted in the mid 20s during the great slump and served in Egypt and India he left the regiment in 1936 and married my mum. At the outbreak of WWll he re-enlisted and was sent to Brancepeth. He was at Dunquirke he was not taken off the beaches but made his way along with a few others to the French port of St Nazerre where he luckily missed being picked up by the Lancastrian. After the war he returned to Wearmouth Colliery where he had begun his working life in 1922. He died in July 1976. At 92 years old my mum is alive and still has a photograph of him in uniform by her bed. I would love to know how I can find out more about him to talk to her about, as she is still very lucid. Any advice you can give would be most appreciated. Regards Bill Davison

Name:
Marney Lawson
Email:
marney@ogoodall.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
08 Jul 2002

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Hello, I am writing in on behalf of my dad, Private Howard Henry Lawson. He served in the Royal West Kent regiment between 1955 and 1957 in Germany, Egypt and Cyprus. He was in C company and his no. was 32113747. He would like to hear from anyone who remembers him, particularly Corporal Scudder and Private David Istead. Thank you.

Name:
Alan HIndmarch
Email:
Date:
07 Jul 2002

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We've got the same name!!!

Name:
Barbara Lowery
Email:
barbara@wordsmithing.com
Date:
01 Jul 2002

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My late father, W/Sgt. George Lowery (reg. #4447017), served with the DLI until 20 Jun 49, and we emigrated to Canada in Aug 49. I'm the youngest of 4 girls, and I was born in East Bothey of Brancepeth Castle Golf Club in Aug 47. I have the rent book which shows we lived there from Jan 44 to Nov 48, and likely longer. I have Dad's cap badge to remember him by, and now wish I'd asked him all kinds of questions. This website is wonderful, and especially all the photos. Thanks!

Name:
David Carter
Email:
hackwatchuk@hotmail.com
Date:
23 Jun 2002

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IF YOU SERVED IN CYPRUS BETWEEN 1955-59, PLEASE CONTACT ME. I AM WRITING A BOOK ABOUT THE EOKA CONFLICT. IT TRIES TO TELL THE STORY THRU THE EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE SERVICE PERSONNEL WHO WERE THERE. IN ADDITION I AM COMPILING AN HONOUR ROLL OF THOSE WHO DIED IN CYPRUS ON ACTIVE SERVICE. MORE DETAILS OF THE BOOK AND MEMORIAL PROJECT CAN BE SEEN IN THE CYPRUS SECTION OF www.britains-smallwars.com  I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU REGARDS DAVID CARTER

Name:
Albert Fry
Email:
albert.fry@ntlworld.com
Date:
19 Jun 2002

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I am looking for information about James Fry and Albert Fry from Middlesboro who served with the D L I or the North-Humberland Fusiliers

Name:
Bob Gilbert
Email:
bobgilbert@bigpond.com
Date:
15 Jun 2002

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I am researching my wife's great grandfather. He is Private G Douglas, 37621. He was a member of the Durham Light Infantry, he was killed during WW1 and is buried in Belgium. Is it possible to access service records or any historical information on Pte Douglas. Any information would be appreciated, thank you.

Name:
e ohagan
Email:
e.ohagan@ntlworld.co.uk
Date:
14 Jun 2002

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it's a great web site to visit

Name:
denis gavin
Email:
denis548@hotmail.com
Date:
12 Jun 2002

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Could anyone tell me if the D.L.I. were ever stationed at Brancepeth with a regiment of the American army who looked after soldiers with problems of mental health. This would be approximately 1942.

Name:
Michael Hindmarch
Email:
Michael.Hindmarch1@btinternet.com
Date:
09 Jun 2002

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looking for Thomas Hindmarch war grave

Name:
Pat Connor Coogan
Email:
jcoogan@dgsys.com
Date:
01 Jun 2002

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This is a great site. I am researching a great Uncle Charles CONNOR who served in the 4th DLI . Later he was in the Northumberland Fusiliers don't know how or why the switch. He was killed in the Boer War at Nooitgedacht Dec 13, 1900.

Name:
Jackie Thorburn
Email:
jackiethorburn@beeb.net
Date:
31 May 2002

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My gt grandfather Fred Smith (Private 17982 16th Batt DLI), was awarded the Military medal, I believe for action during the Battle of Cambrai (date coincides but cannot be sure). I never met him as he died in 1950's before I was born. Always said he was awarded it for "shooting flies off the captains coat!". Any chance that I can ever find out more about what he did? Or am I searching in vain? Thank you

Name:
John Sheen
Email:
john@sheenj1234.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
28 May 2002

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Having written and published histories of the Tyneside Irish and Tyneside Scottish battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers during WW1 I am now working on the 18th(Pals), 19th(Bantams)20th(wearside) and 22nd(Pioneer) Battalions of The Durham Light Infantry during WW1. If anyone can help with diaries, letters or photos of men from these battalions I would appreciate it.

Name:
iangoddard
Email:
iangoddard@hotmail.com
Date:
22 May 2002

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Name:
T.Martin
Email:
galaxybugs@aol.com
Date:
18 May 2002

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Great Site. Both my father and Grandfather were in Durham L.I really interesting to read. Anyone who knew my father/grandfather, I would like to hear from you. Father: Terrence Howard -terry in 1950's G.Father: Sidney Bishop in 1930's, medal's received Africa Star, Defence Medal, Royal Kent West, France & Germany Star, Italy Star, 39-45 Star, 1st Army Star. Please email me to tell me more.

Name:
Peter F. Green
Email:
likuni.p.f.green@tiscali.co.uk
Date:
18 May 2002

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With 1st DLI in Salonika 1947-1948. The Bn. was then part of 10 Brigade, 4th. Division. Was also at Brancepeth Castle as a cadet and then while serving with the regiment. Later attached to 6th Bn. at Bishop Auckland while studying at King's College Newcastle. Have just found this web-site. Very good. Anyone else out there who was with me?

Name:
Raymond
Email:
Oh90@hotmail
Date:
17 May 2002

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Name:
Jason Staffer
Email:
jason.staffer@wigleyfox.co.uk
Date:
15 May 2002

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A very useful website, I am looking on behalf of my mother for information about my late grandfather, pte 4470636 William Walton Sutheran, and his time in the DLI during WW2. If anyone has any information about him or where he would have served It would be most helpful

Name:
Bruce Hills
Email:
Brudehills@free.net.nz
Date:
12 May 2002

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My uncle Evan Stewart was in the 2nd Battalion "B" company New Zealand army who was reported missing in Crete 1941 never to be heard of again. Is there anyone who remembers him and can make contact with me. I would really appreciate it. Thanks Bruce Hills

Name:
Gerry Fairbrother
Email:
lanfair@shaw.ca
Date:
08 May 2002

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My Grandfather, Lance Cpl. Frank Fairbrother enlisted with the DLI in April of 1891, served with them in India from 1892 till Feb. 1899, then in South Africa until 1901. Anyone who can supply any information on him or the regiment during this period, please do so. It would be most helpful. Thank-you

Name:
john king
Email:
hareshawfarm@aol.com
Date:
05 May 2002

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Name:
James I. Murdoch
Email:
chatdhubh@aol.com
Date:
04 May 2002

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Wonderful tribute to a great Regiment.

Name:
Dave Lyon
Email:
David.Lyon@ews-railway.co.uk
Date:
24 Apr 2002

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I am researching family history, and a Thomas Clarke, who is or was my grandmothers sisters husband. I have a photograph of him in what could be a NCO uniform, and probably DLI, It was taken around 1920. at the time they lived in the Speenymore area, Has any one got any info that would help me

Name:
Christa Wakefield
Email:
christawakefield@hotmail.com
Date:
20 Apr 2002

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My dad served in the D.L.I. from 1958 until 1972, when he left he had attained the rank of "colour sergeant", his name was David K. Wakefield. I know for a fact that he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the regiment, just listening to his stories about Cyprus, British Honduras, and Germany when I was younger nearly tempted me to join up myself when I was younger. If there are any of his old buddies out there I would be honoured to put them back in touch with him, especially a certain soldier ( rank unknown ) who had a son named Ian, of whom my father has several photo's from baby right up until about 7-10 years old, I'd really like to know what happened to them.

Name:
Ian Aldridge
Email:
ianaldridge@zebra13.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
19 Apr 2002

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Was in hospital recently and in the next bed was a Cpl James Miller loved all his war stories. He served in India, Egypt, taken POW at Dunkirk, escaped just before the war ended, joined up with the Russians before being flown home by the Americans. He's 92 now but remembers it all like it was yesterday. So I thought I'd look his old Regiment. Great site keep up the good work!

Name:
Roy Lambeth
Email:
roy@rlambeth.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
17 Apr 2002

Comments

Very interesting site. My Father was in The DLI in the 1920s & 1930s. I have his photographs of Egypt and Bellerby if anyone is interested. He left the army as Sgt William Lambeth having being Orderly Sgt at Mons Lines in Catterick

Name:
Lee Burke
Email:
leeburke@theboozer.f9.co.uk
Date:
13 Apr 2002

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My grandfather served in the DLI in ww2 He ended up in the 9th battalion in Normandy. I took him back there for the first time last year He'll enjoy this site, when I show him.

Name:
Keith Scudamore
Email:
keithscud@aol.com
Date:
13 Apr 2002

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I did my N/S training at Brancepath June1960 being Draft33 Somerset lads. I have never forgotten my time in Durham (Miners Gala Day etc) before we were dispatched to SCLI in Osnabruck. I pay tribute to the late Cpl Knowles and Kennedy, both strict but fair with us young lads. If anybody from those days remembers me or not I will be pleased to hear from them and swop memories.

Name:
Jason Scanlon
Email:
jason_scanlon@hotmail.com
Date:
10 Apr 2002

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Sirs, I am trying to find out any information regarding my grandfathers war record. His name is John Robson Irwin, commonly known as Robson. I believe he served in the DLI during the initial stages of WWII but was captured just before Dunkirk and spent the remainder of the war as a POW. Please contact me via e-mail if you can offer any information regarding my grandfather. Many Thanks.

Name:
prince osei
Email:
mickyprinceco@yahoo.com
Date:
08 Apr 2002

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I am happy to send this to share with you. I know how durable your things are I wish you all the best thank you

Name:
Glen Hewitt
Email:
glen okeh Hewitt
Date:
03 Apr 2002

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Name:
John Rowland
Email:
julie.mulvey@ntlworld.com
Date:
02 Apr 2002

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My father, John Rowland, was in the DLI 1stBat, C Company from 1951-53 and was in Korea. Would like to get in touch with any of his friends from that time.

Name:
mcdermott
Email:
daniel1@ntlworld.com
Date:
02 Apr 2002

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i am searching for any info on pte e.v.mcdermott75324 he was my fathers uncle he was with 18th dli pals batt he was killed 28 June 1918. i have his pocket-watch yet i know nothing about him

Name:
Paul Theakston
Email:
paultheakston@hotmail.com
Date:
01 Apr 2002

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My father served with DLI in the forties I would like to know more . His uncle died in the 1st WW near Ypres ,1916 he served with the 5th I would like to have more information if possible. My family visited Flanders March 2002. My fathers name is Albert Leo Theakston His uncle name is Albert Edward Theakston many thanks Paul L N Theakston

Name:
John Gibson
Email:
gibson@headslaptop.fsbusiness.co.uk
Date:
31 Mar 2002

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My Gt Uncle, 2762 Lance Corporal Matthew Gibson 1/7 Battalion DLI, was killed in action: 24th May 1915 near Ypres. 7 DLI was a Territorial Force Battalion with its HQ in Sunderland and his number (2762) suggests he was a pre was soldier. I am interested in finding out more about 7 DLI? I understand there is an unpublished history? Grateful for any help.

Name:
Geoff Bone
Email:
geoffbone@whitdale.fsnet.co.uk
Date:
29 Mar 2002

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My uncle (John Bone) of Gateshead, served with 1 DLI in India, and was at Kohima. I would be interested to hear from anyone who knew him. My father Eddie Bone, served with the DLI at Brancepeth, but was transferred to 1st btn Somerset LI (Malaya1952-1955).

Name:
Charles Eade
Email:
charles@piq.com.au
Date:
29 Mar 2002

Comments

Great site. I did NS training at Brncepeth and served with Ist Battalion at Barnard Castle 1955-56. I was posted out just before Battalion went to Suez in 1956. My Grandfather served with DLI in WW 1. Anyone from this time please contact me. Charles Eade

Name:
Arthur Binner
Email:
ourarf@hotmail.com
Date:
20 Mar 2002

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have accidentally found this site, I think it is very good, my uncle private 325791 J.P.C.V. Binner served with the 9th. battalion D.L.I. in WW1. he died14th.April.1917 aged 24yrs.he is buried at Warlincourt Halte cemetery in France. any information, or photos about him would be greatly appreciated. .

Name:
s.kierstead
Email:
sekierstead@msn.com
Date:
18 Mar 2002

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Name:
margaret hipkin
Email:
mhitkin@cwctv.net
Date:
17 Mar 2002

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My grandfather died in Kohima in 1944 when my mother was only 2 years old , she does not have any memories of him at all , if there is any one who remembers private Thomas Hulley from Sunderland please contact me by email

Name:
Joan Garthwaite
Email:
ntlworld.com
Date:
15 Mar 2002

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Name:
James Crabtree
Email:
jcrabtree@indsoc.co.uk
Date:
13 Mar 2002

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My grandfather, George Chambers, fought with the DLI during the second world war. I thought I'd come to have a look at his regiments web-site, and am rather impressed. With best wishes, jc

Name:
Walton
Email:
ewalton@telus.net
Date:
08 Mar 2002

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My late father Thomas Newton Walton served with D.L.I. in 1914-18 and awarded the Military Medal for bravery in France. Born on Tyneside, a Geordie, his youngest son would like to make contact with anyone that can supply him with any history of his father. Thank you, Nulli Secundus ex-Coldstream Guards.

Name:
Laverne Ellingson
Email:
lavdor@telus.net 
Date:
03 Mar 2002

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I would like to hear from anyone who knew my dad during the 2nd WW, he was in the Canadian Army as a dispatch rider, and he was also in Normandy, he used to have a little white dog with a brown patch on his one eye unfortunately the little dog was shot off the back of my fathers motorcycle. Thank you.

Name:
Keith Preece
Email:
kspreece@netscapeonline.co.uk
Date:
28 Feb 2002

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Wonderful site. My father Albert Preece fought in Tobruk, the Middle East, Malta and was captured on Kos. He was transferred to a labour camp in Germany and liberated by the Americans in 1945. He sadly passed away in 1987 aged 68. He talked little of the war but was so proud of his Regiment. This site is a credit to him and all members of the D.L.I

Name:
Merlin Lockey
Email:
merlinlockey@hotmail.com
Date:
26 Feb 2002

Comments

I am beginning researches into the DLI's involvement at the Somme. Any info personal or otherwise would be appreciated.

Name:
Ian Goddard
Email:
iangoddard@hotmail.com
Date:
24 Feb 2002

Comments

An interesting chat page, wish Iíd found it a long time ago. Although our family originated in Wiltshire, my great grandfather Charles Goddard left the Kings Light Infantry after 22 years of service and retired to Barnard Castle. My Grandfather, George Goddard, joined the Hampshires in 1884 but then transferred to the 2nd Btn DLI in 1887 to be with his elder brother Charles. From that time it would seem the Durham Light Infantry became the family regiment because after serving in India and South Africa, George remained with them until his retirement as RSM, 16th Btn in 1920. My own father joined the 2nd Btn Durhams in 1913, was wounded in the Battle of Hooge and spent the following post war years in India, Shanghai and the Sudan. He was RSM when the Battalion returned to the UK in 1938 and was captured in France in 1940. He finally retired in 1946. One of his brothers, Redvers Goddard was also in the 1st Battalion for many years. I have a little data and some pictures of my Fatherís time with the Battalion, which I would be happy to share and would welcome any additional information for my records. Regards to all.

Name:
george warburton
Email:
gwarbu2000@aol.com
Date:
21 Feb 2002

Comments

My uncle, Fred Warburton, served in the first war and, I think, was awarded the Military Medal and Bar - any information about him would be appreciated.

Name:
Andrew Morris
Email:
andrew.p.morris@yeg.co.uk
Date:
18 Feb 2002

Comments

My granddad served with the DLI before and throughout the second world war. His name was Jim Morris (J.M.Morris 3183195). He died as a result of illness picked up serving abroad and died on 28/1/45 when my father was little over a year old. Although originally from the Newcastle area, he's buried in an unattended grave in Edgerton Cemetery, Huddersfield near where my grandma lives. I'd be very grateful of any information from anyone who knew or served with him. Thank you.

Name:
dave lyall
Email:
d.lyall@zoom.uk
Date:
17 Feb 2002

Comments

i was looking for an old sergeant of mine, i knew he was keen on the dli so if you see this geordie sheen 70 a/c wksp 1987-1991 drop me a line

Name:
jayne miller
Email:
janeym21@yahoo.com
Date:
14 Feb 2002

Comments

I AM WRITING ON BEHALF OF MY UNCLE HE SERVED WITH THE D.L.I DURING THE WAR IN KOREA HE STILL PLAYS AN ACTIVE ROLE AS HE GOES TO THE REUNIONS, MARCHES ETC. HIS NAME IS JOHN WOODS (PRIVATE) AND HE COMES FROM THE TYNESIDE AREA. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN GETTING IN TOUCH PLEASE CONTACT MY E MAIL ADDRESS. HE ALSO KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH TOMMY ANDERSON (PRIVATE)

Name:
Brian McNeill
Email:
brianmcneill2001@yahoo.co.uk
Date:
13 Feb 2002

Comments

I am trying to contact Julie Cufflin from New Zealand who signed your Guest Book 26 December 2001. I have some information about her Greatgrandfather John Thomas Cufflin 1878-1937. Brian McNeill Melton Mowbray Leicestershire

Name:
Charles Eagles
Email:
chaslyn@chaslyn-eagles.demon.co.uk
Date:
04 Feb 2002

Comments

Having read Harry Moses excellent book on the 9th DLI, The Gateshead Gurkhas, am now looking to contact anyone else from 'A' or 'B' Company who was with Col. Woods on the day he was killed at Lingevres.

Name:
Harry Moses
Email:
hmoses@lineone.net
Date:
31 Jan 2002

Comments

Having written the histories (now published) of the 6th and 9th Battalions D.L.I. I am researching a history of 2 D.L.I. in both World Wars. Any information/assistance will be gratefully received.

Name:
B.R. Roberts
Email:
bri1937@hotmail.com
Date:
30 Jan 2002

Comments

Have just discovered this page and I have really enjoyed it. I served in 1 DLI from 1956 to 1958 and saw service in Aden I would very much like to hear from some of the lads from the Signal Platoon that I served with

Name:
E.OHAGAN
Email:
e.ohagen@ntlworld.co.uk
Date:
30 Jan 2002

Comments

my uncle 4452240 PRIVATE WILLIAM WOOD.2ND,DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY. who was killed in action 15th may 1940 n Belgium. writing this in memory of him.

Name:
E.O'HAGAN
Email:
e.ohagen@ntlworld.co.uk
Date:
29 Jan 2002

Comments

my uncle was killed in action in 1940.while serving in the durham light infantry I think its a honour to sign the guest book

Name:
brian chadwick
Email:
chads@tiscali.co.uk
Date:
29 Jan 2002

Comments

I wish to congratulate you on a first class web site, as an ex serving member of the First Bn in Korea and Egypt I found it very enlightening good luck.

Name:
Debra A Vercammen
Email:
Debra.Vercammen@keighley.ac.uk
Date:
28 Jan 2002

Comments

I have a photograph of my great-grandfather JAMES CHARLES TAYLOR wearing a DLI badge. He was born in 1868 so would have served during the Boer War or just after? Can anybody help me - I cannot find out where he was born. Do you keep records

Name:
s.wilson
Email:
Date:
28 Jan 2002

Comments

Name:
Paul Stephenson
Email:
s.stephenson1@ntlworld.com
Date:
26 Jan 2002

Comments

this web site is good for initial information but if anyone wants go go more in depth they cannot. in an ideal world, if someone had a army number and regiment they could tap it into the website and the whole army history would come up to download. maybe in 10 years time this will be the case. the more the people know about their family history the more proud they will all be. my grandfather served in the 5th in the first war and would like pointing in the right direction to find more information if there is any.

Name:
James David Metheringham
Email:
tynewaters@optusnet.com.au
Date:
25 Jan 2002

Comments

Joined in 1934 - served in the depot at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle on Tyne. Transferred to Khartoum in 2nd Batt. in 1937 then on to Shanghai with the 1st Batt. then North China. War was declared and the Batt went to the Middle East. Then on to Malta during the siege , then back to England and Germany. Demobbed in 1948. My brother , John Metheringham also served in the DLI. I am now living in Melbourne, Australia, emigrated in 1960 with my family, now aged 83 , fit and well. Would like to hear from any one who might remember those times. regards Jim Metheringham

Name:
Violet Lewis
Email:
djx7@rogers.com
Date:
25 Jan 2002

Comments

Sgt Thamas Anthony Hudson, WWI Any information would be welcomed, Thank you

Name:
Edgar Rodham
Email:
edgarrodham@hotmail.com
Date:
16 Jan 2002

Comments

23194526 Pt. Rodham e.e. (Brigadiers Driver) Served with 1st Batt DLI. from Nov 55 to Nov 57 in Shargah & Bahrain, Looking for any of the lads who served with me

Name:
Ace Mallinger
Email:
hmmallinger3@webtv.net
Date:
15 Jan 2002

Comments

I want to thank Sean Keenan for e mailing this site to me. I find it very interesting and lots for me to read. The South Carolina Yankee

Name:
John G. Coggins
Email:
johncoggins01960@yahoo.com
Date:
11 Jan 2002

Comments

I'm searching for information on my great-grand uncle, Walter Starkey (b. 2 Mar., 1877), from Ramsey, Isle of Man, who served in the Durham Light Infantry during WW1. He is not listed with the Commonwealth Wargraves Commission. I'd appreciate any information available. His brother, Edward (b. 6 June, 1879) may have served, as well. Thank you

Name:
SEAN DIAMOND
Email:
seandiamond@speed-e-mail
Date:
10 Jan 2002

Comments

IF ANY ONE KNOWS MY FATHER TOMMY DIAMOND WHO SERVED WITH 1ST BN DLI 7 PLATOON C COMPANY IN HONG KONG AND BORNEO FROM 1964 TILL 1966 PLEASE GET IN TOUCH HE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL.

Name:
Alan Bradley
Email:
alanbradley29@hotmail.com
Date:
07 Jan 2002

Comments

I served in the DLI 8th and 1st battalions between 1940 and 1945. In Britain I was mainly stationed in Charmouth, Dorset (1940). I was in Tobruk and Middle East, Malta (1st battalion), Alamein (8th battalion). I rejoined 1st battalion and was taken as a POW on the island of Kos (1943). I was taken to POW camp Stalag 4B, and then to a working commando, where I worked in a coal mine. I was released in 1945. Does anyone remember me? or remember Les Fawcett, Yorkie Wingard, the Thomas brothers (from South Africa), Mattie Springer, Tommy Helm, Colin Gleave, Johnny Heywood, and so many others, in the 8th battalion?

Name:
Mick Kurvers
Email:
mick.kurvers@planet .nl
Date:
30 Dec 2001

Comments

I'm looking for information on the rifleman Robert Turnbull number : 3863491 who served on the 9th Bn., Cameronians ( Scottish rifles ) and was killed on 28th November 1944 in Lottum/Grubbenvorst in Holland .

Name:
Alan Hindmarch
Email:
alanhindmarch@hotmail.com
Date:
30 Dec 2001

Comments

I have found the web site most interesting. My father was a Private (National Service) DLI 1st Battalion, Branspeth Castle from 1947 to 49, spending time in Greece. I have noticed this was not mentioned in your your time line. My Father always wears the Regimental Badge on his Blazer, Tie and has been Presented with His National Service Medal, by His Grandchildren.

Name:
Laura Wadley
Email:
laurajo_hotmail.com  
Date:
28 Dec 2001

Comments

Trying to find out about my Granddad who was in the DLI during WW2 and survived the battle of Kohima...'Mervin Wadley'...anybody remember him?

Name:
Albert Armitt
Email:
petestarns@aol.com
Date:
25 Dec 2001

Comments

Served Greece, no. 1AAD RAOC 1941 - 44 . POW 1943-45 Austria POW camp 118a, Vienna, Pichla, Graz. And\more. Anyone\still remember???

Name:
Tom Tunney
Email:
t.tunney2@britishlibrary.net
Date:
25 Dec 2001

Comments

In memory of all the members of the 16th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry who sailed away to war from Liverpool aboard the MV Staffordshire on Christmas Day 1942--and of all who served with the Battalion in 1940-46. My father Pte Tom Tunney (4469365,in Lt C Duck's 15 Platoon, C Company) was one of these men: taken POW on March 2nd 1943 during the Battle of Sedjenane, in Tunisia. As part of an on-going book project, I now have a considerable amount of research relating to the Battalion and to this battle, including: partially captioned 1942 group photographs of B Company, D Company and the Battalion' Sgts (many of whom were Sedjenane casualties), stills taken from Army Film Unit footage of the first day of the Battle and an illustrated 1940-46 Roll of Honour and gallantry awards for the Battalion with over 80 photographs (a truncated version of which appeared in the 1999 Peter Hart book about the 16th DLI in Italy, The Heat of Battle). Any and all help in placing further names and biographical details to the faces in these photographs would be gratefully received. Tom Tunney, 37 St Andrews Mews, Stamford Hill, London N16 5HR

Name:
Julie Cufflin
Email:
JULIEGC@clear.net.co.nz
Date:
24 Dec 2001

Comments

Great site. My great grandfather Private John Thomas Cufflin ( military no 99210 ) was in the 106th 2nd battalion. He was born in England in 1878 and died in New Zealand in 1937.H e is buried in the soldiers cemetery in Waikumete in Auckland N.Z His grave stone says he was a great war veteran any info on these days of his life would be greatly appreciated for genealogy research. Many Thanks

Name:
Colin Bowman
Email:
bowmansx5aol.com
Date:
18 Dec 2001

Comments

I am trying to find out any information regards my grandfather Sydney Bowman who I believed served in the DLI in WWII. Thanks

Name:
Mel Howard
Email:
Mel.Howard@NewellCookware-europe.com
Date:
10 Dec 2001

Comments

I am helping a friend who is not computer literate to try & track down a war grave in Ypres so that his elderly mother can make a visit. The soldier's name was George Robinson, & he is believed to have died at the end of 1914 at Hill 60 in Ypres. Apparently he was batman to Colonel Vaux. I have visited the War Graves Commission website but could not trace him. Is it possible you may be of assistance ? Many thanks in advance, Mel Howard.

Name:
Kenneth Gretton
Email:
magken@bigpond.com.au
Date:
10 Dec 2001

Comments

Hi I am looking for fellow national servicemen who served with me in Paphos Cyprus in the Signal Platoon in 1958/60 can you put me on the right track to post a message Thank you

Name:
Jim Milton
Email:
jmilton@oanet.com
Date:
04 Dec 2001

Comments

Have your heard about the great Korea veterans reunion in Canada, September 5-8 2002? Edmonton Alberta is the site and Unit #21 is the Host. Plan to attend and meet our fellow comrades from all over the world. Like more information? Contact me at e-mail jmilton@oanet.com , and I will forward the information 1st Commonwealth Div. Korea 1951-1952

Name:
Jan Chalmers
Email:
janchalmers@optusnet.com.au
Date:
27 Nov 2001

Comments

Doing family research and have been told that my grandfather Harry Mault (b1870) was a Regimental Sergeant Major in Leicester. Hoping to find out if this is true

Name:
Tony Barrett
Email:
tony.1@ntlworld.com
Date:
27 Nov 2001

Comments

My father - Matthew Wilson Barrett - served in the DLI during WW2. Born in Stanley Co Durham 1908. He spoke little of the war and I'd like to try and find out more. He said he was a sergeant (RSM??)- missed Dunkirk as he was recalled to training duties training soldiers possibly in the Newcastle area in the then new Browning Machine Gun. Spent some time in Chester apparently with the Ghurkhas - also time in Egypt. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Name:
DAVID COOK
Email:
dcsb80@datanet.ab.ca
Date:
24 Nov 2001

Comments

my father served in this regiment, I have nothing to show for his service, hoping to find more after touring the site

Name:
D ELLIOTT
Email:
elliotd247@aol.com
Date:
23 Nov 2001

Comments

great site 5 year with durhams great time great lads

Name:
alex roberts
Email:
anna & alex at hotmail . com
Date:
22 Nov 2001

Comments

Does any body know of the whereabouts of Harry Graham, who served in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.1943 to 1945/6 ? Please contact me at the above e mail.

Name:
Matthew David Jones
Email:
david.jones@ntlworld.com
Date:
22 Nov 2001

Comments

My granddad Ivor Jones was in the DLI. I enjoyed your web site and learned about the DLI. Matthew Jones age 8.

Name:
laurence carey
Email:
verell@hotkey.net.au
Date:
14 Nov 2001

Comments

looking for information on Ginger Strong, best man at my wedding at York in 1943/4 also information on Bill Death based at Purbright barracks 1943

Name:
Eric Walton
Email:
ewalton@telus.net
Date:
14 Nov 2001

Comments

I enjoyed your site, my late father Thomas Newton Walton served with the DLI in first World war and was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field in France, now decease, I am the youngest son would would like any information about my late fathers service with the regiment. I served with the Coldstream Guards 201st Guards Brigade 1942-47,any information would be appreciated. Regards from Vancouver Canada.

Name:
carol welch
Email:
unison;ie
Date:
13 Nov 2001

Comments

lk remember my father bill sollis

Name:
RAY DAVIS
Email:
rc8105r@aol.com
Date:
12 Nov 2001

Comments

LOOKING FOR A CHAP--VICTOR CHAPMAN FIRST COMMONWEALTH DIV. (BRITISH). IN KOREA 1952/54. NOW LIVING IN PORTADOWN N. IRELAND. I AM FORMER MEMBER OF 8TH CAVALRY REGT. IN KOREA FROM FIRST PART OF JULY 50 TO DEC 3 50. WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT VICTOR, IF ANYONE KNOWS HIS EMAIL PLEASE CONTACT ME AT rc8105r@aol.com REGARDS TO ALL.

Name:
Peter Howell
Email:
peter_howell@btinternet.com
Date:
11 Nov 2001

Comments

11/11/2001 - Remembering today Great-uncle Albert Hollins of Rugeley, Staffs, and SLI. KIA first day of the Somme 1916.

Name:
Stewart Coupar
Email:
stewart@glcoupar.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
07 Nov 2001

Comments

I have been interested in the battle of Lingevres for some time now. I knew a DLI Officer, John 'Darkie' Williams, who fought there. As a result I have set up a web page dealing with this battle. Please feel free to have a look and if you were there or have any comments, please sign my guest book. The address is; http://www.glcoupar.freeserve.co.uk/battleoflingevres1944/index.htm Thank You.

Name:
des green
Email:
deso.green1@ntlworld.com
Date:
01 Nov 2001

Comments

this is one of the best sites i've found on the web. thanx.

Name:
Fawcett
Email:
Terfaw@AOL.com
Date:
26 Oct 2001

Comments

I have had the honour to be able to spend the last two annual reunions with the DLI - always a fantastic weekend. Met many characters of the Regiment. The regimental spirit lives on.

Name:
Russ Williams
Email:
russ57a@aol.com 
Date:
04 Oct 1999

Comments

I have a metal chest (possibly a kit box, it measures approx L1100mm x D350mm x H250mm), with the name: Lieutenant J.F.M.Sumner, Durham Light Infantry, on several labels. Having looked at this name for many years, whilst using the chest for various storage uses, and wondered who he may have been, I thought it might be worth researching. I bought the chest in a junk shop in Salisbury about ten years ago. Any ideas?

Name:
Nadine
Email:
whiskers@iaccess.com.au 
Date:
07 Oct 1999

Comments

Great site, lots of info. I looked this site up after I found information about my uncle(on the war graves commission site) Private Kay who fought and died with the 8th BN. DLI.11th June 1944. Found myself profoundly moved to read the time line and what the 8th Bn. did in ww2 , grieving for a relative I never knew and grateful for their sacrifice. Thnak you for this site.

Name:
James Anthony Mason
Email:
lovebikes@compuserve.com 
Date:
07 Oct 1999

Comments

I was in the DLI 1st batallion nov'52 to nov'54. served in Korea and the Canal Zone. Number 22736764. Please contact me if you remember me. I am trying to locate Private Alan Beswick

Name:
Peter Cairns
Email:
peter.cairns@xtra.co.nz 
Date:
08 Oct 1999

Comments

I'm a song writer from New Zealand, and am trying to write a song about Private Thomas Hughes whose message in a bottle was found in the Thames by fisherman Steve Gowan. He delivered the message to Pvte Hughes' daughter in New Zealand earlier this year. Can someone help me to make the story line of my song real. I would like to know where Pvte Hughes was headed, and where he was killed in 1914?. How long had he served with the DLI?

This is a wonderful sight and very interesting. My grandfather served in WW1 with the New Zealand Army in France and Belgium.

My email address: peter.cairns@xtra.co.nz

Many Thanks Peter Cairns

Name:
A.L.Etherington
Email:
lesetherington@netscapeonline.co.uk 
Date:
08 Oct 1999

Comments

An excellent site. Bringing back thoughts of my father and uncle,both who served in the Regement

Name:
Keith Lawson
Email:
keith@lawson15.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
09 Oct 1999

Comments

I have a letter written by the chaplain to my grandparents re the death of my uncle Pte Robert Lawson in WW1. It is handwritten and I will type it and send as an E mail attachment in the near future.

Name:
Keith Lawson
Email:
keith@lawson15.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
10 Oct 1999

Comments

I have the original, hand-written letter in my possession.

22nd DLI June 26, 1917.

Dear Mrs Lawson I am very sorry to have to tell you that your son, Pte Lawson, of this Battalion was killed in action the day before yesterday while out with a signalling party. A shell which burst close by killed him instantaneously with a wound on the back of the head. I am extremely sorry for you. We know what a fine man & soldier your son was, & how everybody liked and trusted him. He was buried last night in a military cemetery fairly close to where he fell,& a cross will be put up over his grave at the earliest opportunity. With my sincerest sympathy to yourself & to all who share your loss. Yours very truly G.B. Crossthwaite Chaplain, 22nd DLI

Robert Lawson, Private 22-519, died at Zillebeke, Belgium. His brother, Ralph Herbert Lawson of the Coldstream Guards, was killed in Sept 1915 and is mentioned on the Loos memorial.

Name:
Bernard P. Robinson
Email:
aggrosk8007
Date:
10 Oct 1999

Comments

Its nice to sign the guest book of my fathers old regiment.

 

Name:
Keith Goodwin
Email:
plum@netc.net.au 
Date:
13 Oct 1999

Comments

Still hoping for more info concerning my father, Reg, who was awarded the M.M. in Sicily in 1943,at the Simeo(?) River.(21 October). Dad died in 1975,and like a lot of brave men, said very little about his war, and even less about his bravery!

Name:
Peter Forbes
Email:
peter@enstone66.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
20 Oct 1999

Comments

My father, who is still alive, is Captain Richard Hutchinson Forbes MC TD of the 9th Battalion, DLI. He served in France and Belgium, was wounded and captured just before the retreat to Dunkirk and survived some two and a half years in prisoner of war camps in Poland and Germany before being repatriated via Sweden and becoming Adjutant for the OTC based at Durham Castle. Regards.

Name:
Mike O'Key
Email:
mike.okey@aeat.com 
Date:
22 Oct 1999

Comments

I recently visited my great grandfather's grave in Ypres, Private F Carrol 2nd bt DLI killed 28th Aug 1915. Apparently he died at Hooge on a relatively quiet day by a stray shell! I would like to know more about the DLI's and his activities around that date.

Also I would like to know more about the activities of the 10th bt DLI and their activities in Flanders around 23rd Aug 1917 a soldier Private Payne died on this date.

Name:
Craig "Danny" Daniel
 
Date:
24 Oct 1999

 
Date:
24 Oct 1999

Comments

Third battalion the light Infantry 1981-1990.

Name:
Craig "Danny'DANIEL
Email:
jane@danieldesign.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
24 Oct 1999

Comments

This is my first visit to the DLI site. Although I hale from Somerset I joined 3LI IN 1981 and left to join the police in Dorset in 1990.My Grandfather served with the DLI during the war his name was Major Peter Gordon. He was captured and made a POW in Italy. I have a bracelet that was made for him whilst in the camp which was made from a corn beef tin and engraved with a pin and a stone. The links show the national emblems of all the allied service men within the camp. To me it is a priceless example of resilience during such adversity. I have it mounted with his POW pin and medals. this is a great site and i look forward to my next visit. The only drawback with my family's military history was that my father was a PARA, Still as the song goes "Two out of three ain't bad".

Name:
Alan Ratcliffe
Email:
velother@netscapeonline.co.uk 
Date:
24 Oct 1999

Comments

You should be congratulated on your excellent web site. I am trying to contact anyone who was in the 9th DLI, from just after the Primasloe Bridge battle in Sicily to November 1946. My father Jim Ratcliffe (still alive) was number one in a mortar platoon, he landed on D-day in the second wave on Gold beach, he was involved in the battle at Lingevres.

Name:
Keith Goodwin
Email:
plum@netc.net.au 
Date:
26 Oct 1999

Comments

Additional to my previous comments, my father, Reg, was with the 8th battalion, DLI, in Sicily, at the Primasole Bridge, where he won his medal. I have had one reply, from Mr. Ray Pinchin of Swansea, who can remember telling dad to "keep his bloody nut down". We have since corresponded by snail mail. Looking forward to more contacts, because Dad never talked about his war.

Name:
R.Fleming
Email:
r.fleming@virgin.net  
Date:
27 Oct 1999

Comments

My grandfather served in the 1st world war and was decorated for bravery at the Somme. My father enrolled with the DLI during the 2nd world war and was later seconded to the nos 3 commandos. A very interesting site.

Name:
karen steggall
Email:
karen.steggall@which.net 
Date:
30 Oct 1999

Comments

VERY GOOD SITE

MY GREAT GRANDFATHER FELL IN FRANCE OCT 4 1918 WITH THE 29TH BN D L PTE JAMES LYNCH 317104 HIS GRAVE IS AT THE KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY NEUVE-EGLISE I WOULD LIKE ANY INFOMATION ON HIM OR THE 29TH ARE THERE ANY BOOKS AVAILABLE

Name:
Kathryn Snowden
Email:
snowdekl@hhs.bham.ac.uk 
Date:
01 Nov 1999

Comments

I am researching the 21st Division during the Great War for my MPhil. The 14th and 15th battalions of the DLI served in this division. I am looking for any information about those who served within these battalions, letters, diaries, memories, any decorations and/or accompanying literature - basically anything relating to either of these battalions.

Thank you.

Name:
Richard Quinn
Email:
RICHARD.QUINN@SUNDERLAND.AC.UK 
Date:
03 Nov 1999

Comments

I am currently trying to find information about my brother-in-laws father. His name was Private G. Dowse and he served in the Durham Light Infantry during the world war 2.Then he joined 11th Commando battalion in which he was involved in the attack at the Lattani river, and also I think in 1942 while with the commandos under the command of G.C.Keyes he was involved on the attack at the supposed headquarters of Rommel, in which the commanding officer was killed. The operation was called Operation Crusader and I would appreciate it very much if somebody could give me some more information about either the battle at the Lattani River or Operation Crusader. Thanks

Name:
Ned Metson
Email:
ned@arthurgilderson.co.uk 
Date:
04 Nov 1999

Comments

My Grandfather was a Sgt (Col Sgt?) in the second battalion, his name was Joseph Metson. I have a lot of sepia postcards of the second Batt.. including a very young "Johnny Durham". I would like to know if it is possible to enquire with the Museum if there are any records that may be held which would let me have some information on him. He died (1917/8) whilst serving the Regiment and is, I believe, buried in Salford Cemetery. I would be glad to forward scans of the postcards if they would be of any interest to you. Please let me know. Best wishes.

Name:
Martin Goodhand
Email:
martin@goodhand.clara.co.uk 
Date:
06 Nov 1999

Comments

My Grandfather Ernest Cousins served in th DLI's during WW2. He began serving with the Somerset Light Infantry and fought right through Sicily and Italy and then was at the Normandy landings and fought in France and Germany. He left the DLI's at the rank of Captain.

My Grandfather and I would love to hear from you if you served with him.

Martin Goodhand

Name:
Lesley Clark
Email:
lesleyramm@aol.com 
Date:
06 Nov 1999

Comments

Does anyone have information on Private Robert Ramm 4458206 6th Bn Durham Light Infantry died 30 May 1940 aged 22 - possibly a great uncle and would like further info.

Name:
Paul Kelly
Email:
kelly1812@home.com 
Date:
07 Nov 1999

Comments

Thank you for providing such an informative site! Please feel free to drop in on ours. The Military Re-Enactment Society of Canada. www.imuc.org  

Name:
Jeff Nesbitt
Email:
jbn@voltz.demon.co.uk 
Date:
08 Nov 1999

Comments

Excellent Web Site, both my maternal grandfathers were DLI in WW1. from the Roddymoor, Crook Area. Both survived but died very young probably due to their experiences. Tradition of DLI career stops there, as my paternal grandfather was in the Royal Artillery for 32 years and I am coming up to my 25th year in the RN, most of it in submarines. I have just read Harry Moses' book about the fighting sixth. An excellent read and well recommended to anyone.

Jeff Nesbitt .. sun dodger

 

Name:
johan moors
Email:
johan.moors@skynet.be 
Date:
08 Nov 1999

Comments

As I am researching the Ypres Salient and British regiments serving in it during the Great War , I would love, if possible to have a picture of 2LT Youens,  pref. in uniform.

Many thanks

Johan

Name:
Kirk Hughes
Email:
khughes@uoguelph.ca 
Date:
09 Nov 1999

Comments

My great grandfather fought in your regiment in the Great War as a cold shoer. He then came to Canada were I now proudly serve as a member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

Name:
Jack Dent
Email:
jack@wonky-artwork.demon.co.uk 
Date:
11 Nov 1999

Comments

My gran's brother died at Ypres in April 1916. I found his details on the War Graves Commission site. He was Private Albert Edward Sambrook of 1st/6th Bn., Durham Light Infantry and died aged 18. I've never even seen a photograph of him so it was incredibly moving to find his name on the register. We should all be grateful to the sacrifices made by him and countless others.

Name:
Pauline McIntyre
Email:
pmcintyre@mail.state.tn.us 
Date:
12 Nov 1999

Comments

My father, Henry James Amps, of Cambridge, UK, was in the DLI and fought in WW2. He died in 1995. Brousing your site made him feel very close. Thank you

Name:
David N.P.Willis-Burn
Email:
FOURFATFELLAS@bigpond.com.au 
Date:
13 Nov 1999

Comments

Early days I will have more to say later but I really am grateful to have somewhere to start my search for information on my Grandfather Thank You David

Name:
Annie Priestley
Email:
annie@rms.in2home.co.uk 
Date:
11/14/1999

Comments

I am looking for information and if possible photographs of my uncle: corporal GEORGE HENRY ROBSON of 1/6th Bn Durham Light Infantry. He died age 22 on 22/11/44 in Italy

Please contact me with any information Thank you Annie

Name:
Andrew Bradford
Email:
kincardineestate@btinternet.com 
Date:
11/14/1999

Comments

I was interested to read about Roland B Bradford VC, MC in The Times on Friday 12th November. I know his family and mine are related and I would be very grateful if anyone could supply information about his Bradford ancestors.

Name:
tom mckenna
Email:
tomelaine88@hotmail.com 
Date:
11/15/1999

Comments

great site I am trying to trace a relative Terence Cassidy in the D.L.I in 1940 he was from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was based in Edinburgh at the time. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Name:
RICHARD PLUMMER
Email:
RICHARD.PLUMMER@CITICORP.COM 
Date:
11/16/1999

Name:
Maj Harry B Lee
Email:
leecmc@omen.net.au 
Date:
11/18/1999

Comments

I am most impressed by this website devoted to the 'family' of British Light Infantry Regiments.

I was commissioned into the DLI and have very fond memories of its individuality, soldierly culture, and leadership style, which originates from the time of Sir John Moore to the present day.

I became aware of this website via my membership of the British Regiments e-group britregiments@egroups.com It is a lively group and gives a great deal of valid and well authenticated information from a staunch membership, some of whom have access to vast data bases of interesting information.

 

Name:
Steve Harrison
Email:
sjharri@home.com 
Date:
11/18/1999

Comments

Formerly of Teesside, now Fort McMurray, Canada. Excellent work Mike.

Name:
Karen Ann Freeman
Email:
mbfmusic@aol.com 
Date:
11/19/1999

Comments

I am looking for any information on my Uncle who served in the 16th Bn. DLI during WWII his name is Leonard George Mantle, he was killed in Salerno on 23/09/43. Please e-mail me with information.

Name:
Andrew Purcell
Email:
purcell@cfw.com 
Date:
11/20/1999

Comments

Sir or Madam, I am doing genealogical research on my great-grandfather, Josiah Statton whom I believe to have served with your regiment in the First World War. He hailed from Shankhouse and Cramlington, Northumberland and moved to the United States in 1897. Remaining a British subject, he must have enlisted at the onset of hostilities. Please direst me to the proper agency to determine if he indeed did serve and to determine if any service records are available. Thanks for your assistance.

 

Name:
Andrea Siggens
Email:
andrea@ecosse.net 
Date:
11/26/99

Comments

I enjoyed your site. My grandpa was in the DLI during the war, which was what prompted me to look up a DLI site. His name was George Middlemiss

Name:
Andrea Siggens
Email:
andrea@ecosse.net 
Date:
11/26/99

Comments

I am trying to find anyone who remembers serving with my Grandpa during WWII. His name was George Middlemiss.

Name:
Charles Cowlard 4470305
Email:
cowlaram@sbu.ac.uk 
Date:
11/26/99

Comments

I was in the DLI 1942-1944. 16th Battalion. I served in N Africa. Italy, Salerno and the Volturno Crossing and was twice wounded. I also served in Algeria and Tunisia in 1943.

Name:
Martin Bashforth
Email:
MARTIN@alwyne.fsnet.co.uk 
Date:
11/28/99

Comments

Just browsing. I have been researching my grandfather, Sgt Thomas Bashforth, 11th DLI (Pioneers), who was killed in action 27 March 1918 near Arvillers. I have photographs of graves for some of his comrades, such as Pte J Kennedy and L/Cpl A Potter and Pte J McGill for people who can prove a relationship. He himself has no known grave and is commemorated as with many of his comrades on the memorial to the missing at Pozieres. Thanks for providing this site. Keep up the good work.

Name:
Mark Elliott
Email:
elliotts@8thebay.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
11/28/99

Comments

My uncle (Captain Tom Elliott) was part of the BEF and was later one of the few who survived, from the that part of the regiment that was left to fight the rearguard action, as the British Army was evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk. He was, I believe, one of only eight men to be captured from the original eight hundred who had begun this battle two weeks earlier. On Xmas eve 1940? he found himself in the back of a truck being taken to his first POW Camp (Spanenburg). I say the first as, being a persistent escaper, he was eventually taken to Colditz. Although he did continue to try (See P.R.Reid's and Reinhold Eggars books) the Germans managed to contain him for the rest of the war. My uncle died a year or so ago and as I only met him a couple of times I don't really know a lot about him. If anyone has any information on him or the events described I would be most grateful to receive any information.

Name:
Eileen Radford
Email:
eileenradford@25peregrinecourt.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
11/30/99

Comments

My father, Thomas Blower was in the 10th Battalion, serving as sergeant, and was one of seven men from two battalions who survived Dunkirk. My father is now 80 year old, and although his memory fails him of day to day activities, he still remembers vividly the memories of that terrible war, which still reduce him to tears. I'm sure he would love to be in touch with anyone who shares these memories with him. Please contact.

Name:
Ken Brown
Email:
k.bisley-brown@virgin.net 
Date:
12/1/99

Comments

I didn't join the adult regiment, after 2 years with the DLI cadet force (I think '59-'61), I moved to Yorkshire('62) and eventually joined the RAF in '65.

My initial training with a 'proper' army unit served me in good stead as I became senior man of my intake and throughout my career (65-78) maintained a reputation as 'a good soldier.....for a techie!'.

I also was involved in some 'jungle schemees' during my far east service (during the Indonesian unpleasantness) and gained experience in various forms of jungle warfare.

I am now 52 and living in West Oxfordshire.....an area that looks remarkably like Durham...or at least the bit that I grew up in - West Cornforth -- Near Ferrhill.

Before submitting this note, I browsed the other entries and am prompted to commit to words that which I have never told anyone else...

Having been brought up on a diet of WW II movies with their attendant glamour etc, my first recollection of a 'warts & all' 1st WW film was Gallipoli. Far from viewing this as a piece of entertainment, it brought home to me the utter futility of the 1st WW and its attendant losses. Every time I see nay WW I footage, I am filled with an incredible weight of sadness - almost as if I was there and am grieving for my mates. I am given to weeping for that entire generation lost in the flower of their youth.

My paternal grandfather Edward Brown survived the war, but having suffered gas attacks, died (I think) in 1921 from gas-related damage to his digestive system.

Although 'working class', before the war, he had a successful coal-haulage business within the Durham coalfields, with 6 horses & 12 carts. With 6 dependant children, he was called to serve and the army commandeered his 'stable'.

On discharge, he was given one horse & one cart and a disability pension of 23 shillings (£1-15p) per week.

He tried to fight his case via the British Legion and was told that such contentious action was not available to 'other ranks'....he died a broken, sick, disillusioned man.

To this day, his son - my father will not buy poppies - or support the British Legion in any way, seeing it even now as an 'old boys' club with special treatment of the Officer Corps.

Name:
Lucy castle
Email:
L.H.R.Castle@ncl.ac.uk 
Date:
12/2/99

Comments

Very nostalgic

Name:
Peter B. Riesz, MD
Email:
pbriesz@icsi.net 
Date:
12/4/99

Comments

As historian for our Texas Radiological Society I came across some interesting history. During WW I we had a member, Roy G. Giles, MD who one of 120 physicians loaned by the US Army Medical Corps to the BEF Medical Corps. He served with distinction with the Durham Light Infantry during September of 1918 at the Battle of Havrincourt in Belgium? and was awarded the British Military Cross. This was given to him by HRH King George V at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Also, the commanding general of the force sent his wife a unit pin to wear. His name was Lieutenant General Chouch or Couch. Can anyone please locate Harvincourt for me as I can't find it on a map. Perhaps the name is wrong. Also, what is the correct spelling of the commander's name? Thank you in advance. Peter B. Riesz, MD

Name:
Sgt Frank Entwisle
Email:
danentwisle@yahoo.co.uk 
Date:
12/5/99

Comments

Sgt 14037313 Frank Entwisle.

I was in the DLI from 1945 - 1947.

I was based at Brancepeth, Deepcut and Colchester.

Who remembers me?

Any information on Sgt "Minch" Mincella and others around that time would be appreciated.

 

Name:
william dunning
Email:
bdmd2@juno.com 
Date:
12/5/99

Comments

I'M LOOKING FOR ANY INFO ON MY FATHER, HE WAS IN THE DLI 1st WWI WAR HE CAME FROM SHROPSHIRE. HIS NAME AS ABOVE WILLIAM DUNNING I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP THANK YOU B.D.

Name:
El Parker
Email:
elparker@hotmail.com 
Date:
12/7/99

Comments

I found out last week that my uncle John Dawson Parker was a sergeant in the DLI, killed in WW2 24 July 1942. We don't know how or where he was killed. There is a rumour in the family that he was injured and brought home and died here and this seems likely since he is buried in Washington cemetery where my grandparents lived. Our family has no photos of him. But it was nice to see your site and the insignia etc. I'm going to keep hunting for more information about John Dawson and my father who served in the RAF and never really told us what he did or where he served before he died a couple of years ago.

Thanks El Parker Birmingham

Name:
Frewer
Email:
frewer@supanet.com 
Date:
12/9/99

Comments

I am interested in finding anyone who served with B Company during the Second World War particularly with respect to the Crossing of the Volturno.

My father was the FOO that moved forward with that company.

I think the site is very useful.

Name:
Frewer C.A.M.
Email:
frewer@supanet.com 
Date:
12/9/99

Comments

I am interested in finding anybody who served in B Company 16th Battalion DLI in WW2 particularly at the Volturno Crossing. My father was FOO with 449 Battery 70th Field Reg. and won the MC. for his support of B Company. He never spoke about it and I would like to know more.

Name:
DAVID PHILLIPS
Email:
dblogs@yahoo.com 
Date:
12/10/99

Comments

good to see web page of the DLI my grand mothers only brother who was killed in action France 1918 PRI HARVEY ASHWORTH BOOTH 20th BATTALION DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY a great debt i owe to the fallen

lest we forget

ANY INFO ON ABOVE APPRECIATED

Name:
Sandy King
Email:
davsanking@bigpond.com 
Date:
12/13/99

Comments

My Uncle passed away a few years ago and left me a George Medal my Granddad won in the First World War, unfortunately there was no paper work or citation with the medal. I was wondering if you would be able to furnish some information about the medal and my Grandfather. His name was John Thomas Johnson. Many Thanks Sandy King

Name:
Kevin Storey
Email:
kevin.storey@btinternet.com 
Date:
12/15/99

Comments

Anyone who has served with the DLI as a regular soldier or a National Serviceman in either of the Regular Bns or any TA Bns can join the DLI Association via myself or direct to the Association HQ at The Light Infantry Office Elvet Waterside DURHAM DH1 1BW Tel. No (44) (0)191 3865496

Name:
T.Walden-Jones
Email:
tom.mail@walden-jones.com 
Date:
12/16/99

Name:
Dennis Clive Hall
Email:
CliveHall@classicfm.net 
Date:
12/19/99

Comments

This is my first visit. It's a very comprehensive site, I'm sure I'll make greater use of it in the future.

Name:
John Nixon
Email:
john@101010.com 
Date:
12/20/99

Name:
Bob Jolly
Email:
crfg@joynet.com.au 
Date:
12/20/99

Comments

I am trying to find any information on my Grand Father "Thomas Jolly" of the Northumberland Fusiliers - D.L.I.

He fought in France between 1914 -1918.

I would be most appreciative for any help.

Name:
Suzi Sullivan
Email:
SSullivan@Diplomattravel.com 
Date:
12/21/99

Comments

My Father, George Brentley (Colour Sgt.) is retired DLI and served from the early fifties (I don't have the exact dates) until the early eighties.

I came across this site, while looking for a gift for my Father's up coming birthday. ...something that would lift his spirits. He has been in a nursing home since my Mother (Doreen) passed away in June and it has been a difficult adjustment for him after 48 years of marriage. If anyone should read this, that knows Dad. ...I know it would cheer him to hear from someone. Should you need his address, please email me and I would be happy to pass it along to you.

Whilst Dad was in the DLI, we travelled between Brancepeth, Berlin, Hong Kong, Colchester, Warminster, Singapore and finally ended up in Dortmund, Germany prior to retiring. In also had two unaccompanied tours to Borneo and Cyprus. He then became a steward for The British Legion in Long-Ashton, Avon for the next 18 years.

I have really enjoyed reading the site. ...it has taken me back in time and certainly renewed my sense of history and belonging.

Best Regards

Suzi Sullivan (formerly Suzanne Brentley

 

Name:
Geoff Morris
Email:
jennyjinks@madasafish.com 
Date:
12/27/99

Comments

Good site

Name:
Adam Walsh
Email:
 
Date:
12/28/99

Comments

I am a member of the D.L.I re-enactment group. I found this site very informative,

Name:
Stephen Marshall
Email:
stephen@marshall40.fsnet.co.uk 
Date:
12/28/99

Comments

My Grandad served in this light infantry

Name:
Paul Oates
Email:
pjoates@clara.net 
Date:
12/29/99

Comments

Thank you. At last I have some info on the DLI.

I am searching for information about my father's uncle ROBERT OATES born in Ryhope but lived later in Gateshead. I have a photo of him taken in Dublin, presumably on the way out to South Africa in 1899 as it is thought he died there. However he is not on the PRO list of Boer War deaths.

Paul Oates

Name:
bill dillarstone
Date:
12/29/99

Name:
James Terence Wakenshaw
Email:
terry@wakenshaw.free-online.co.uk 
Date:
1/2/00

Comments

Nice article, I feel very proud. Adam Wakenshaw was my uncle.

Name:
Alex Hedley
Email:
alex@tpcug.demon.co.uk 
Date:
1/2/00

Name:
David Hoey
Email:
dave@dhoey.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
1/6/00

Comments

I am looking for service history of 5819 pte. R Allen of Sunderland who served in the first world war. I have his medals but can not look up his service in the 'time line' until I have his battalion and division, any information would be appreciated.

Name:
MR T.RUSSELL
Email:
Tomrusselllee@trussel.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
1/8/00

Comments

MICK GREAT SITE & LOVE TO READ THE COMMENT'S. MY FATHER TRAINED WITH THE DLI AT BRANCPETH-Co DURHAM IN THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND. I WILL GET HIM TO WRITE SOME DETAILS AND E-MAIL THEM TO YOU. HE WAS THERE BETWEEN 1940-45 SO IF IS ANY OF HIS OLD MATES OUT THERE HE WOULD LOVE TO GET IN TOUCH. I AM ALSO AN EX REG WITH 29 commando & 23rd Regiment C coy SO IT IS GOOD TO SEE PEOPLE MAKE THE EFFORT WITH SITES LIKE THIS T.RUSSELL jnr.

Name:
Bridget Scurfield
Email:
scurfieldfamily@netscapeonline.com.uk 
Date:
1/10/00

Name:
John Woodward
Email:
john25@btinternet.com 
Date:
1/15/00

Comments

My Great Grandfather served in the D.L.I. and was killed on 7th December 1915 and is buried at Houplines. I have his last few letters in which he writes about the conditions and missing a lot of comrades. In one he mentions a battle at Loos on Hill 70 and how most of the men on a photo he sent were wounded does anyone have info on that battle or the 7th Dec 1915

Name:
Lynn Adamson
Email:
ladamson@opera.iinet.net.au 
Date:
1/20/00

Comments

My grandfather Sgt J G Adamson served in the DLI in World War I and was awarded the Military Medal. His number was 25122. My Grandfather died in 1986 and although I have his medals I have no citation. I wonder if a record would be kept by the DLI as I am researching our family history. Thank You

Name:
Brook Thompson
Email:
brooker-t@home.com 
Date:
1/20/00

Comments

My Grandfather was a member of the D.L.I. during the First World War. I have little info about this other than a copy of a group photograph. I look forward to searching this page to see if I can find more.

Name:
Maurice C. Cooper
Email:
mccoops@bigpond.com 
Date:
1/24/00

Comments

This is my first visit to the site and it is proving to be helpful in the search for one of my forebears. He was Pte. Lawrence Murphy, 68th Regt. who served in Gibraltar, Jamaica and Canada. Any information about the 68th Regt. during years 1831 to 1850 would be appreciated. Snail mail may be sent to PO Box 1102, Maroubra, NSW 2035, Australia. Thank you for a great site.

Name:
Barry Fleming
Email:
barry.fleming@earnshawfleming.co.uk 
Date:
1/25/00

Comments

Congratulations on an excellent and extremely helpful site. I am trying to research my uncle and his regiment. He was 6208208 Private ARTHUR MORTIMER and served in the 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry. He served in North Africa, Italy, and France. He was killed on 14th June 1944 after taking part in the D-Day landings. I would like to hear from anybody who may have known him and I am also very interested in the history of the Battalion, its service in WWII, but particularly the Battalion's itinerary and actions in the eight days between D-Day and his death.

Name:
David A Bell
Email:
david_ainsley.bell@virgin.net 
Date:
1/25/00

Comments

I had two Uncles served in the 9th Durhams in the Great War. They went to France on the same day in 1915 (they were young brothers). They both survived the war and came home to Low Fell. They were Robert Henry BELL and Walton BELL. They both emigrated Bob died in Fresno, California and Walton died in Canada having worked on the Great Lake boats. I wonder if anyone visiting the site knows of them?

 

Name:
Anne Lowes
Email:
anne.lowes@ukgateway.net 
Date:
1/26/00

Comments

Please can you help me? I'm looking for information on the 68th Durham Light Infantry re-enactment group. I've heard they have a web site but have been unable to find it. Can you help?

Name:
Martin Hyam
Email:
martin@mhyam.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
1/29/00

Comments

Sir, Im trying to find out about Joseph Hyam born1832 Died Warwickshire 1854 on his death certificate he is listed as soldier 68th Regiment of Foot.

Name:
 
Email:
theobaldfamily@hotmail.com 
Date:
1/29/00

Comments

Congratulation on having such a great and informative site

Name:
Roy Good
Email:
royjgood@aol.com 
Date:
1/31/00

Comments

My grandfather is believed to have served in the DLI during WW1. Below is all I have on him. The two questions which concern me are (a) why would a Londoner join the DLI and (2) why would an injured DLI soldier end up in a Sheffield hospital after Salonika? Also, if anyone can trace my grandfather through DLI records, or "point me at them" I'd would be most appreciative.

Roy Good, Los Angeles

========================================== Richard Henry FLOOD Born 29 Sep 1892, at 10 Cassimer Terrace, Upper Clapton, London Father: Richard Henry Flood, Bootmaker Mother: Maria Flood (formerly Flood - believed to be a cousin of her husband)

Married May CODD on August 3, 1913 at the Parish Church, Parish of St Barnabas, King Square, County of Middlesex Richard Flood, 21, Bachelor, portmanteau maker, 14 Powell Street, father (Richard) deceased Boot-finisher. May Codd, 18, Spinster,-,44 Kings Square, father Thomas William Codd, Horsekeeper. Witnessed: Thomas W Codd [almost certainly May's father] and Frederick W (Bill?) Codd. Vicar: E.E. Brooks

Joined Durham Light Infantry in 1914. He was missing in action for 3 months but came home in 1918 having been wounded at Salonica. The family visited him in Wharncliffe Hospital, Sheffield, on his return.

Gladstone bag maker by trade - learned in family business. After World War I he was a bookie's runner until his wife saved £10 so he could learn to drive and maintain motor vehicles (late 1920's)

Died 14 Sep 1955 in Islington, London.

Name:
Peter Thompson
Email:
p.thompson@bendigo.latrobe.edu.au 
Date:
2/8/00

Comments

Thanks for this great site, and all the work and attention paid to it.

My grandfather, Henry (Harry) Thompson was in the DLI in WW1 before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915-16.

Could someone advise me on the best way of tracking down Pop's battalion number and details? He's gone now, and left few details from that time behind.

Name:
Webb R.
Email:
audray@iinet.net.au 
Date:
2/9/00

Comments

I have just surfed in on the site. I joined the DLI at Brancepeth Castle. Later posted to Farnham completed my training then shipped out to join the regt. in Greece . However along with other staunch lads we were posted to the Oxford & Buckinghamshire L.I. in Palestine. Records fouled up and I was posted to the D C L I .Cyprus. Still badged DLI I was placed in charge of LEADER PLATOON at Strensall Yorks. Alas I never got to my chosen Regt., but ended up with the K S L I . However I would like to hear from any of the 'Old Boys' who had the good fortune to be trained, by me, as officers . Audrey still feeds any hungry young lads who turn up !!!

Name:
Tony Bushell
Email:
tony.bushell@ukgateway.net 
Date:
2/9/00

Comments

I would like to know more about my uncle William Bushell who enlisted in the Buffs in WW2 but served with the DLI in North Africa and was captured at the battle of El Alamein. Any information would be welcome.

Name:
Lyndsey Blackbourne
Email:
Paddy@pblackbourne.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
2/9/00

Comments

I am trying to find out if anybody has any information regarding my Grandfather Colour Sergeant Charles David Blackbourne who served with the DLI during the Second World War. He died in November 1993 but I wish to gather as much information about him during his time with the DLI years as possible. Any information anyone has would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you

Name:
Charles E. Eagles
Email:
chaslyn-eagles@chaslyn-eagles.demon.co.uk 
Date:
2/12/00

Comments

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Cpl. Wood (Christian name believed to be Ken) who was in S Company, attached to C Company of the 9th DLI in June 1944, and was with me at Lingevres. I would very much like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of him or his family. I think Cpl. Wood originated from Staffordshire, as I did.

Name:
22326804 Pte A. Young
Email:
spennymoor@pacificcoast.net 
Date:
2/13/00

Comments

I am a bred and born native of Co Durham. I served as a conscript soldier in the Far East with the 1St Bn K.O.Y.L.I. I am still interested in 'The Faithful Durhams'. A Brother-In-Law served in the 'The Faithful Durhams', unfortunately he has fallen on hard times and is now in poor Health. Will the Bp Auckland Association secretary reply to this E-Mail, Please. Yours Pte A.H. Young, 22326804 THX/AHY

Name:
GORDON ALEXANDER
Email:
galexander@mcmail.com 
Date:
2/13/00

Comments

I am looking for the citation for the Military Medal awarded to Private Bert Wright of the Durham Light Infantry in WW1. Bert's Son Raymond Wright has the Medal in his position, but dearly would like to see the citation if it exists. Any pointers in this direction would be gratefully appreciated.

G K G Alexander

Name:
Tom Congreve
Email:
tom.congreve@virgin.net 
Date:
2/17/00

Comments

An excellent, informative site.

Could the person who left a message regarding Charles Ralph Congreve please contact me.

Name:
Helen Kelavey
Email:
helen.kelavey@tesco.net 
Date:
2/19/00

Comments

An excellent site. My great uncle Jack Foxhall Turner, fought and died for the D.L.I. in the Great War. I have visited his grave at Haverskerque North France and it is one of the saddest places I have been to. About fifty graves huddled together in the middle of nowhere. I am trying to gather information about the battle in which he died on 10/4/18. Any info would be gratefully received.

Name:
Terry Johnson
Email:
brontejo@wantree.com.au 
Date:
2/19/00

Comments

I came to this site with a purpose, found it to be very interesting. My uncle, after having lied about his age, joined the DLI and fought in WWI. He was taken prisoner in Belgium and thought missing in action. At the end of the war he was released and came home to Durham. His imprisonment led to the break up of my grandparent's marriage.

As all that generation is no gone, and as usual with family history I started to late, is there any way I can find out about his service record and internment? My brother, in the IK, did try to get information from the DLI Museum, but to no avail. Any advice would be appreciated.

Terry In sunny Perth, Western Australia

Name:
Horace William Roberts
Email:
 
Date:
2/20/00

Comments

I am a former private, number 2055605, with the DLI. I fought in France and Belgium in WW2 and was captured at Geel Belgium on 10/09/1944. I am just browsing now through on my grandsons computer. I have very many happy memories of my time with the regiment.

Name:
Peter Sollis
Email:
sollispj@oal.com 
Date:
2/21/00

Comments

This is my first visit to the site. I am looking for information on my great uncle, W.E. Sollis who died on October 9th, 1918. I would be very grateful of any information about him or on the action in which he died. The site makes me feel very close to him

Name:
michael bellsham
Email:
Elaine.bellsham1@nationwideisp.net 
Date:
2/26/00

Comments

Just found this great website, I am looking for any one or information on my late Father who was in the D.L.R during WW2. I Would be very grateful for any information on how check this information out. As this is all the information I have on my father. his name was Leslie Arthur Bellsham

Name:
Brian Luke
Email:
brianluke@usa.net 
Date:
2/27/00

Comments

I am searching for my brother Melvin Luke, of 1DLI. After disbandment went to 3 LI - not heard from since ! Would like any known info of whereabouts.

Name:
CATHERINE NEVILLE
Email:
COTTAGE GIFTS@AOL
Date:
2/27/00

Name:
richard rawlinson
Email:
richrawiinson@postmaster.co.uk 
Date:
3/2/00

Comments

My uncle Harry Hesketh was commissioned from the kings Liverpool regiment to the Durham light infantry during the great war and was killed defending a bridge in Sicily, I would love to know more as i am ex service and heavily involved in my old regimental association, the Cheshire Regiment. I found your website excellent.

Name:
Martin P Morris
Email:
martin_morris@em.fcnbd.com 
Date:
3/3/00

Comments

My deceased father, Thomas Cuthbert Morris (1918-1990) was named after an uncle who was killed during WWI. All that I knew about the man was that he served in the Machine Gun Corps, and was killed on the Western Front. He may also have served in the Dardanelles Campaign.

I recently discovered from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that he served in the DLI. Can anybody suggest further sources of information about the following person:

Private Thomas Cuthbert Morris. "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, DLI. Service number 32676. Died April 6, 1917. Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Thank you.

Name:
Anne Renwick
Email:
gannyanny@aol.com 
Date:
3/3/00
 

Name:
Chris Evans
Email:
CHRISECHRISDOG
Date:
3/4/00

Comments

My grandfather served with the 9th BTN DLI. His name was Robert Palmer and he came from Southall in Middlesex. He was originally enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers. I have some photographs of him and other members of the battalion taken during the war and I have passed on copies of these to the DLI museum. He finished the war as a sergeant but I think this was only an acting rank. He was also in 's' company. If anyone has any further info about him or the battalion It would be great to hear from you.

Name:
Karen Newell
Email:
hilltop@direct.ca 
Date:
3/5/00

Comments

I loved your site and your pictures. The information is wonderful. I have just started to research my family history and my great grandfather joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1891. He served in India and in Africa where he has wounded by a shell going off by him. The result was a broken neck but with no ill effects after he healed. He came to Canada in 1910 after he was discharged from the service. I have a picture taken of him in his uniform from what I think is the Boer War time frame. A very wonderful site. Yours Truly, Karen Newell

Name:
kurt Lewis
Email:
kmjplewis@aol.com 
Date:
9/3/00

Comments

My uncle William wagstaff was killed in Holland and is buried in Arnhem. I have been hoping I could find someone who knew him. Even though I never had the honour of seeing I would love to know more about him and his death. thank you

Name:
Wendy Bannon
Email:
wbannon@idirect.com 
Date:
9/9/00

Comments

This is a great sight. The history and the timeline of 68th Durham confirmed some of the timing of the research of my husband's ancestor John Bannon who was a private with the 68th, injured in Barbados in 1802 and sent back to Chelsea Hospital, He survived and although we don't know where he was between 1803 and 1832, he ended up in Canada, lame, married and the father of five children and a military grant of land of 100 acres. My e-mail address is wbannon@idirect.com . Is there anyone else researching Irish ties to this regiment during the same time period.

Regards, Wendy Bannon

Name:
peter woodward
Email:
peter.woodward2@ntlworld.com 
Date:
9/11/00

Comments

trying to find Tommy russel

Name:
Jonathan Bradford Cremer
Email:
bradcrem@bigfoot.com 
Date:
9/12/00

Comments

Thank you for the visit to your website.... I write as the representative of the Bradford family. 3 of our mother's 4 brothers were in the D.L.I., so the name of the regiment has always loomed large in our family history. And from my own early childhood I always remember the 3 D.L.I. crests and the medals and photographs of my uncles mounted in one frame alongside that of the other brother in the Royal Navy who also won the V.C. Then after I got married it was good to visit 2 of the graves in France in order to take photographs and in some way to pay my respects to these may I never knew. We have taken the liberty of linking your website on certain pages of our quite new "Bradford Tribute" website. We hope that it is all right to have done this. The "Bradford Tribute" website is at http://www.bigfoot.com/~bradcrem ...... it is something we have put together as a permanent memorial to our uncles, the 4 Bradford brothers, 2 of whom won the V.C., 2 the M.C. and one the D.S.O. and Roland, the youngest, you will hardly need reminding, was the youngest Brigadier-General in the British Army. Perhaps you may care to add a link from the D.L.I. web site to the "Bradford" web site so that any people interested may read some further details and see some photographs concerning these men who were so proud to serve in the D.L.I. Thank you again for the opportunity to read about this magnificent regiment.

 

Name:
Stephen Pallas
Email:
smpallas@cyberus.ca 
Date:
9/13/00

Comments

Very good site. Two cousins (brothers) were killed during the Great War while serving with the DLI. My grandfather was a Lieutenant in a Home Guard battalion that wore DLI badges.

Name:
H. Ramage
Email:
hramage@ic24.net 
Date:
9/16/00

Comments

The web site is brilliant. It is pure nostalgia for me. I have been a civilian now for 22 years but like to maintain the service connection.

Name:
Graham Bandy
Email:
grahambandy@hotmail.com 
Date:
9/18/00

Comments

I am trying to find information on my young sons maternal great grandfather, 319821 Sgt Matthew Lynch, who served with the Regt during the first war, and was captured by the Germans and did not return home until 1920, any help would be gratefully received.

Name:
Cyril Maud
Email:
abel@squibs.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
9/19/00

Comments

Hello,

I was never in the army, but the interest the DLI has given me in finding out what my Father In law and Grandfather did in the First and Second Wars has been so satisfying.

Thank you.

Cyril Maud

Name:
dave addison
Email:
adis25@hotmail.com 
Date:
9/20/00

Comments

both my granddads and dad fought in two world wars with the DLI, good memories of them. great site! here in New Zealand its all Anzac stuff

Name:
TOM RUSSELL(jnr)
Email:
Tomrusselllee@trussel.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
9/20/00

Comments

I HAVE A PHOTO OF BRANCPETH Co DURHAM 1943,IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF THEY RECOGNISE SOMEONE PLEASE E.MAIL ME AND I WILL SEND YOU A COPY.

Name:
Penny Eke
Email:
Pennyprime@bigpond.com 
Date:
9/21/00

Comments

I am trying to find information on my grandfather, Joseph Cornes. I think his number is 23852. He was in the Durham Light Infantry. Thank-you

Name:
Denise Chapplow
Email:
john@chapplow.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
9/23/00

Comments

I'm looking for anyone who may of known my great uncle Corporal James Hannan 4452138 , of the 1st Bn., Durham Light Infantry. Or of any information of the 1st Bn itself. He was killed in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943 aged 25 , and is buried in the Athens Memorial , Greece. I have a photograph of James in a D.L.I football team, and it looks as though they have just won a Trophy, if anyone would like a copy of the photo just e-mail me and I'll see what I can do. DM Chapplow

Name:
n.johnson
Email:
njohnson529@netscapeonline,co.uk 
Date:
9/23/00

Name:
George Forster
Email:
DAVID@FORSTER4.TOTALSERVE.CO.UK
Date:
9/23/00

Comments

Joined 16th Battalion at Rye in 1942.Was on S.S. Staffordshire to Algeria. Wounded at Sedjenane in March 1943. Repatriated back to Algiers then sent back to England. Was sent to Normandy on D+6, progressed to Belgium, Transferred to HQ 16th vehicle company RAOC. Anyone out there who was in the same regiments?

Name:
Tony Robson (formerly Hampton)
Email:
tonyrobson@classicfm.net
Date:
9/24/00

Comments

Great Site. My father l/Sgt. Robert Hampton was killed in action 27th. June 1944 at the age of 24. He served with the 11th. Battalion D.L.I. My family and I visited his grave at Fontenay -le - Pesnel in 1995 and 1996. We have photographs of most of the graves in this beautifully kept cemetery, and a full list of all those buried there. I would be pleased to share these. Tony Robson

 

Name:
Sam Hooson
Email:
Sam@jhooson.freeserve.co.uk    
Date:
9/24/00

Name:
Paul Hough
Email:
boffdim@easynet.co.uk 
Date:
9/24/00

Comments

My great-great-grandfather,2787 Pte. Patrick Hough, served in the 106th Foot from 1857 to 1876. Any information regarding the Regiment's history in India during this period would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

Name:
PETER  WOODWARD
Email:
peter.woodward2@ntlworld.com 
Date:
9/26/00

Comments

I am looking for friends of my father STANLEY WOODWARD who served in ITALY and AFRICA between 1939-44 with the 16th Battalion D,L,I. Please get in touch,

many thanks

Name:
David Green
Email:
david.green22@ntlworld.com 
Date:
9/26/00

Comments

Has anyone further information on my Grandfather Robert Clough, born 1862, Stanton, Middlewich, Cheshire.

His Army No. 574, Rank - Private.

He attested at Ashton under Lyne, and served with Lancashire Fusiliers. Was decorated in Egypt and discharged 1.7.1883 at Newcastle on Tyne.

I would be grateful for any information regarding this person.

David Green

Name:
Jim Charles
Email:
Habcru@aol.com 
Date:
10/3/00

Comments

REVISITING THIS GREAT SITE. STILL WANTING INFO ON TRANSFERS OF DLI LADS TO THE CAMERONIANS AFTER D DAY, NEED TITLES OF BOOKS OR HISTORIES WITH THIS SHOWN, THEN HISTORY OF CAMERONIANS THROUGH VILLERS BOCAGE TO KIEL GERMANY AND THE END OF THE WAR. IF ANYBODY OUT THERE SERVED WITH BILL CHARLES FROM BIRTLEY, PLEASE CONTACT ME, THANKS AGAIN. JIM, NH, USA PS THANKS TO KEVIN STOREY FOR HIS HELP IN GETTING ME IN THE ASSOCIATION.

Name:
Sam Hooson
Email:
Sam@jhooson.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
10/8/00

Comments

8DLI 1957-59

1DLI 1969-68 Information on Herbie Barraclough,Johnny Cregan, Ben Halliwell gratefully received

Name:
Jonathan Davies
Email:
jonskip@ntlworld.com 
Date:
10/9/00

Comments

My step-dad , TED Chamberlain ; was with the DLI during Suez . If you think that you may have served with him , please contact me .

Name:
I Padget
Email:
Ian@padget.karoo.co.uk 
Date:
27 Dec 2000

Comments

A very interesting site I visited the site to find information of a great uncle who was reported missing in the great war.

SGT Thomas Goforth From Beverley , E.Yorks

His name is on a memorial in the Beverley Minster.

I hope this serves as a memorial to not only him but to all those lost in that conflict.

Ian Padget

Name:
CAPT JOHN P. CUMMER USNR(RET)
Email:
cummjhn@aol.com 
Date:
03 Feb 2001

Comments

I would like to learn more about the D.L.I, and, in particular, would like to know if it is possible to make contact with any who landed on Gold Beach on D-Day. I was a 19-year old Gunner's Mate on the USS LCI(L) 502 which landed D.L.I troops on Gold Beach at 1100 6 June 1944. We departed Royal Pier, Southampton at 2015, 5 June 1944. Thank you for any help you can give.

Name:
Oliver Robins
Email:
oliver.robins@atlas-features.com 
Date:
04 Feb 2001

Comments

I would like to hear from anyone who served with me in D company 8th battalion DLI in France 1940. I am 82 now and was 22 at that time

Name:
P D Lodge
Email:
PHIL@lodge19.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
13 Feb 2001

Comments

I was very interested in the comments about the D.L.I my own father served with them in 1944 with the 11th battalion and was badly wounded at the battle of Rauray in France. Not much has been mentioned about this battle but i understand from my own research that on the 26th- 27th July 1944 the fighting was very fierce. He was taken back to England to convalesce at Leeds and returned to fight with the 2nd East Yorks after the 11th were disbanded. It would be good to hear from anybody who knows anything about the 11th D L I

Name:
P D Lodge
Email:
PHIL@lodge19.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
13 Feb 2001

Comments

The information on the D.L.I. is very interesting I am looking for information on an officer F.C Pricket who served with the 18 D.L.I and was attached to the 93rd Light Trench Mortar Battery during the Great War. My Grandfather served with him, but was from the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment (the Bradford Pals) He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal And The French Medialle Militaire. The D.C.M citation would have been put forward by F.C. Prickett but I have been unable to find any information in the Durham Area. Can anybody help me in my reaserch . The D.L.I.

Name:
Ken Oxley
Email:
ken.oxley@ncjmedia.co.uk 
Date:
16 Feb 2001

Comments

Just thought I'd look up Elaine Foo, formerly of Cramlington, Northumberland, on a whim. Probably married with kids by now...like me. Wondered how she was doing. This is the only site thrown up when you type in her name plus Cramlington, so if you're out there Elaine, drop me a line. Ken Oxley

Name:
Cameron Jacobson
Email:
cameron@jacobson.fsbusiness.co.uk 
Date:
17 Feb 2001

Comments

Sirs

I am trying to trace my family tree and should be grateful for any information that you may have regarding a Great Uncle - One John William Lightfoot - Private 2428 1st / 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry - who fell 03/05/1915 at Ypres

Regards

Cameron

Name:
JiM CHARLES
Email:
HABCRU@AOL.COM 
Date:
03 Mar 2001

Comments

Return visit to a great site, Heard recently about a book coming out about the 9th Btn, my dad was in this, Iceland, then Home forces then to France D+ 6 I think. Looking for any info on the transfer from DLI to Cameronians. Dad went on to Villers Bocage, HELMOND TILBURG, ALBERT CANAL, ESCAUT CANAL, KIEL, driving a Bren Carrier as a member of S co. Let me know if you knew him......Thanks

Name:
linda ward
Email:
lwlinda@cs.com 
Date:
17 Mar 2001

Comments

very interesting reading both Grandfather and father were attached to the D.L.I. father in the 16th and grandfather unknown still trying to trace him.

regards linda

Name:
John Thatcher
Email:
johnth@blueyonder.co.uk 
Date:
24 Mar 2001

Comments

My dad, Raymond John Thatcher, died on March 22nd 2001. He was a private in the DLI. I have his Service and Pay Book in front of me. He was enlisted in Birmingham on 18th Jan 1944 aged 18. His Army No. was 14703001. He was captured shortly after at (I believe) Gheel in Belgium and spent the final months of the war in Stalag IVB near Dresden. I have a postcard sent from the prison to his parents, dated 24th October 1944. He never spoke much about his time in the camp - The one thing I remember him telling me was how the slap-up feast, laid on by the Americans, when they were liberated, sent all of their emaciated 7st bodies scurrying for the toilet, after months of eating 'grass soup' and drinking 'ersatz coffee'! He will be sadly missed!

Name:
Heather Askew
Email:
like2prowl@sprint.ca 
Date:
27 Mar 2001

Comments

I am searching for ANY information regarding a family member who served as a lieutenant in the 68th regiment. His name: James Mitchell married to Isabella. I have Baptismal records for two of his children baptized at Fort George, Upper Canada on March 11, 1822. I can't seem to find any info about the 68th Regiment in Canada. Is there a list of names for the 68th Regiment in the early 1800's? Who and How do I contact anyone with any information? Thanks in advance.

Name:
E ROE
Email:
eroe38@lineone.net 
Date:
03 Apr 2001

Comments

My father served in 6th DLI as a corporal and was captured at Dunkirk. Was a prisoner of war in Stalag 8B and on the Long March out of Poland. Would welcome any info. from anyone who served with him.

Name:
Elizabeth Merrington-Denning
Email:
etdenning@compuserve.com 
Date:
08 Apr 2001

Comments

My grandfather Joseph Henry (JH) Merrington served with the 16th Durham Light Infantry. In 1918 he listed himself as a pensioner of DLI, at that time he was living in High Pittington, Durham. A few years later he was living in Canada. I have no knowledge of his service dates, or where served or a photograph of him. Any one with even a smidgen of information on him and any descendants please contact me at etdenning@compuserve.com 

Name:
Sean Quigley
Email:
dli76@yahoo.com 
Date:
11 Apr 2001

Comments

Please help me I'm looking for info on my uncle William Marshall who died in service with the DLI between the fall of Tobruk and the battle of El-Alamein. I have tried many places but no one seems to have any info and all the surviving family members i have contact with are now dead

Name:
Jim Charles
Email:
Habcru@aol.com 
Date:
12 Apr 2001

Comments

Return visit to this site, I'm still hoping someone who served with my dad Bill Charles of Birtley, will contact me, I'd love to hear more about the transfer to the Cameronians, just after Caen, til the end of the war. Any book titles covering this period would be greatly appreciated

Name:
A Jones
Email:
d.jones29@ntlworld.com
Date:
13 Apr 2001

Comments

No.14236648 Ex Signalman A (Jack) Jones searching for anyone who served in the Royal Signals 151st Infantry Brigade 50th Northumbrian Division from March 1944 until they were later Broken up in Normandy, also anyone who remembers me in the 24th Guards Brigade Royal Signals in Trieste and area January 1946 until August 1947. I would be pleased to hear from any old mates who are out there (Jonah)

Name:
Alison Dymott
Email:
batt@winston.fsnet.co.uk 
Date:
17 Apr 2001

Comments

Having read "The Faithful Sixth", and having seen what I believe is a reference to my Grandfather Pte. Attewell being taken prisoner in 1918, I found this site. I will return to it. Does anyone have any information on W company, 6th Battalion?

Name:
karine peeters
Email:
karinepeeters@hotmail.be 
Date:
21 Apr 2001

Comments

this is the best site I saw until now from the DLI. I am looking for George Wright, serving in the Durham Light Infantry, transferred into the 112th L.A.A. Royal Artillery in 1943. He visited my family in Tielt-Brabant in Belgium late 1944. Early 1945 the regiment moved on to Germany. The names of his pals were Colin Hall, Harry Durham and Bill Tinkler. Does anybody know him ?

Name:
Chris Pointer
Email:
pointerchris@hotmail.com 
Date:
23 Apr 2001

Comments

I am researching the military career of my Great Uncle Leslie Pointer, private No 7065 of the 1st/9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. He was killed on Sunday 5th November 1916 when the battalion were in action at the Butte de Warlencourt on the Somme. He was just 19 years old. His family were living in East Ruston, Stalham, Norfolk at the time and I would be interested to know how he came to join the DLI and his time with the regiment. If anybody has any information please email me

Name:
ben beaumont
Email:
bejo@netvigator.com 
Date:
24 Apr 2001

Comments

Greetings, Maybe it is that I cannot use the site sufficiently well , but I am trying to find anyone who knew of Basil Bissley ,apparently an officer in the DLI from 1940 until his death in Malayia in 1945. Any information would be gratefully received. My mother was his eldest sister Hazel. Ben Beaumont Hong Kong

Name:
sean longden
Email:
clairesean@carewroad.fsnet.co.uk 
Date:
01 May 2001

Comments

I am currently researching a history of the campaign in North West Europe 1944/45 and I am keen to contact any veterans who would like to share their memories with me. I am not writing a combat history but a study of attitudes and behaviour, concentrating on such subjects as: eating and drinking; leave; souvenir hunting/looting; discipline; recreation and relaxation; relations with civilians; attitudes towards the Germans. Anyone wishing to contact me can do so on the above email address or write to me at 15 Carew Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7RF. Thank you.

Name:
Warren Gahan
Email:
wozngem@tinyworld.co.uk 
Date:
02 May 2001

Comments

My dad, Joe Gahan served with the DLI and later with 3LI. Any information would be gratefully received

Name:
Stewart Coupar
Email:
stewart@glcoupar.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
13 May 2001

Comments

Does anyone remember an officer called Major John 'Darkie' Williams? He enlisted in the DLI as a boy soldier and came up through the ranks. He was also a battalion Boxer. If you do, I would love to hear from you.

Name:
Cathy Park
Email:
cathy.park@virgin.net 
Date:
19 May 2001

Comments

My grandfather William ANDERSON served with the DLI in WW1. I'd be grateful if anyone has any info on him, or remembers him, they would contact me.

Name:
Cathy Park
Email:
cathy.park@virgin.net 
Date:
26 May 2001

Comments

I have now obtained my Grandfather's Service Number. He was awarded a War Badge on December 7th 1917, for "Services Rendered" since 4th August 1914. I guess he must have been wounded and invalided out. His number, in the 9th Durham Light Infantry was 302061. If anyone can tell me the significance of any of this, I would be really delighted, as I have only just discovered this fact about him.

Name:
Dawn Wright
Email:
dawn-steve@roadhouse2.freeserve.co.uk 
Date:
10 Jun 2001

Comments

I am trying to trace my family tree and I understand that my Grandfather, Albert Exley served with the DLI. He was a Yorkshire man from Batley and served during the first world war and possibly the second. I do not know what rank or service number he was. Can anyone help please?

Name:
Wm. Amos Welch
Email:
awelchsr@bellsouth.net
Date:
12 Jun 2001

Comments

I would like to get in touch with any one that was in the 91st. air service squadron Army Air Force. We organized at Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah GA. We were sent to Africa, Sicily , Italy . World War two. Some of us was transferred to the 976th. Air Engineering Squadron before we left Naples Italy for the Pacific theatre. We were close to the Panama Canal when the War ended in Japan. They change the ships course straight to New York . I think we were the first boat load of troops to enter New York harbour after the war ended.

Name:
PETER MORGAN
Email:
morganxg@senet.com.au
Date:
15 Jun 2001

Comments

I served with the DLI in Korea 1952-1953 is there any contact with any DLI from that time and any information on the records of the DLI part of the Korean war. I was a driver in MT stationed BERLIN & Korea. Peter Morgan. Now in Australia.

Name:
Peter Morgan
Email:
morganxg@senet.com.au
Date:
15 Jun 2001

Comments

served 1 DLI 1952-1953 Berlin & Korea.

Name:
David Dalton
Email:
david.dalton@alcatel.co.uk
Date:
17 Jun 2001

Comments

looking for any info on my uncle killed 17th June 1944 at tilly-sur-seulles. George William Newell Company Sergeant Major.

Name:
becky davies
Email:
Becky.Davies@gp-F83624.nhs.uk
Date:
19 Jun 2001

Comments

We have a very interesting photo album containing pictures taken in September 1920. We don't know anything about the photographer except that he was wounded at Malakoff Farm but survived the war. He flew back to France in 1920 (which in it's self is unusual) He has taken pictures of several areas including Ypres, Hooge, Arras (where he was billeted) BUT in particular he has taken pictures of the grave of Lieut. K. Raine DLI in the British Section Communal Section Gexaincourt. we think he may be Lieut. GK Raine of 16th/18th Bn DLI who died of his wounds 2nd July 1916 aged 19. We would be interested in any info as we are to trace the photographer with a view to returning them to a family member. Paul & Becky Davies.

Name:
Bryan Roberts
Email:
broberts@wobbly44.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
27 Jun 2001

Comments

I served with the Poachers from 1962 to 1974 (2 R Anglian) Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion May 1960 Plymouth C/D company 1960 to 1962 I am trying to contact any lads that joined the infantry boys (1952) or Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Plymouth 1954 to 1960 and Oswestry 1960 to 1975. I have a web site dedicated to the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion at www.wobbly44.freeserve.co.uk

Name:
Bryan Roberts
Email:
broberts'wobbly44.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
28 Jun 2001

Comments

Looking for former boys who served in IBB or IJLB 1952 Tuxford PLymouth 1954 to 1960 to 1975 Oswestry.

Check out web site at www.wobbly44.freeserve.co.uk  Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Site.

Name:
Jim Charles
Email:
Habcru@aol.com
Date:
28 Jun 2001

Comments

Return visit to site, one of the best online. Dad Bill Charles, served WW2, embodied at Birtley Drill hall before Sep.3 1939, went to Iceland, then France just after D Day, then was moved to the Cameronians, {not the Camerons} from Villers Bocage, through Belgium, Holland Germany, ended up in Kiel as a "guard" in the Prison, told great tales of Helmond, Tilburg, wish someone out there who was with him would get in touch. Dads gone now, and I miss his stories, as usual, we wish we recorded them, but you think you have all the time in the world, then one day, he's not there any more, and the stories stop. My Uncle Harry Wells, driver, taken prisoner in the Desert, moved to Italy and escaped through Switzerland, wouldn't say any more than that, ever, he's gone too now, We must show our thanks to these men and women, of all services who got us through the War, there aren't many left, Here in the U.S, there is talk of a National Monument to All who Served, Maybe England could do the same, lets have some Lottery cash for a real project, and put it outside of London, in the centre of the country, so it's an equal distance for all to travel. Just a thought, but it may catch on.....thanks again for a great site,

Name:
gail
Email:
gail@gainsboro73.fsnet.com
Date:
29 Jun 2001

Comments

I would like to know if anyone can help find a photo of my great granddad. Pte Robert Niles 19780 15th battalion DLI died 13th November 1915 in action in France. Anyone know where this battalion would have been on this day. This website is very good but I haven't found anyone else looking for anyone from this battalion.

Name:
Tim Hurley
Email:
tmthyhrl@aol.com
Date:
04 Jul 2001

Comments

I am trying to trace the record of the 8th DLI from the beginning to the end of the second World War. I know they fought in France in 1940 and were also part of the Brigade that made the breakthrough of the German lines at El Alamein. I have also read a German Paratrooper's account of a major fire fight with the 8th DLI close to Mount Etna on Sicily in 1943. I would appreciate any assistance from anybody who could fill me in on the rest or suggest any books I Could read up on.

Name:
Ralph Holden
Email:
ralphholden@freenetname.co.uk
Date:
05 Jul 2001

Comments

Information required on J W Price 53rd DLI. I.D. Tag found in Arneke North France. Finder wishes to return it to dependents

Name:
Malcolm Boyle
Email:
malcolmboyle@tinyworld.co.uk
Date:
06 Jul 2001

Comments

Any information regarding Brian Macalese (Captain?) I believe served in North Africa during 2nd world war, would be appreciated.

Name:
maggie whiteley
Email:
maggiewhiteley@aol.com
Date:
08 Jul 2001

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ERNEST TWAITES (Private) DLI 1917

How amazing to find so many people looking for their grandfathers, and finding that the common ground is DLI. My grandfather too served in the 1st battalion and I really only can be sure that he was still serving in 1917. I never knew him due to a totally dysfunctional family (joke) but I really want to know anything I can so Anyone with any info please, please, please contact me.

Name:
Fiona
Email:
mrpotatohead@libertysurf.co.uj
Date:
08 Jul 2001

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Wonderful site. I started to look up the DLI, as my grandfather served with them during WW2. I don't know his number, or where he served, all I do know is he was injured (shot through the kidney) trying to save his friends life, but, unfortunately his friend died. I would be grateful if anyone could help me. His name was James William Bush, from South Shields.

Name:
Michael Kelly
Email:
Mariekelly5@hotmail.com
Date:
09 Jul 2001

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I am an ex 1DLI who served in Borneo in 1965 & 66 i am looking for any photographs newspaper articles or memorabilia from these years. Any one who also served in the Durham light infantry in these yeas is welcome to contact me as i would like to hear of your experiences in Borneo too. Thanks Michael Kelly A company 1 platoon 1 DLI

Name:
Leonard Dunn
Email:
lendunn@onetel.net.uk
Date:
09 Jul 2001

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My father Mr Arthur Dunn served in the DLI during the 1914- 1918 war. He lived in Portack, Stockton and I believe that he was a gunner. I would like to obtain information about him such as his service number, campaign medal entitlements and service history. If anyone has any information I would be grateful if you could contact me.

Many thanks

Name:
Malcolm Boyle
Email:
malcolmboyle@tinyworld.co.uk
Date:
10 Jul 2001

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Any information regarding Major Brian Macaleese who I believe served with the D.L.I. in North Africa during W.W.2 would be appreciated.

Name:
Stephen Yow
Email:
lam_ste@hotmail.com
Date:
11 Jul 2001

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LI friends,

I am looking for Gary Thompson (he used to be a body builder) and Karl Oaten, Karl was from Grimethorpe. They were in training with me at the Depot in 1985. I would appreciate any help in finding these guys.

You guys all take care

Good site, well done.

P.s. it's our Regimental reunion this weekend at the motherland, I'll have a drink on you guys. Ste Yow 3RGJ

Name:
S.Hayes
Email:
styxuk2000@hotmail.com
Date:
12 Jul 2001

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I am trying to find information on my dad who served with the d.l.i in the second world war. his name is Able Hayes. he served with A company 5 holding regiment, unfortunately he died when i was 5yrs old so i do not know much about is service in the army. so I am hoping that some one who reads this site may know of him and can give me some info. I found this site and its great to know that there are others like me who are interested in finding out about there relatives ,

Name:
Alan Bradwell
Email:
braddy@totalise.net
Date:
16 Jul 2001

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My reason for visiting this sight is that my Grandfather, George Bradwell, was in the D.L.I. during WW2. Its great to think that those who fought and died for this country are still remembered. p.s. He did not die, he is still going strong.

Alan Bradwell

Name:
TREV WYLIE
Email:
trevlie@hotmail.com
Date:
16 Jul 2001

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excellent website. my uncle was killed in a small village in France called st venant he was in d company 2nd battalion d.l.i. 27-5-1940 he has no known grave like many of his comrades. later this month my brother and myself will be taking his surviving brothers and sisters to visit the area.

Name:
Alan Kennedy
Email:
alankennedy@cableinet.co.uk
Date:
16 Jul 2001

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My father William Kennedy was in the DLI and served in Belgium, France, retreat at Dunkirk, and finally captured at Tobruk in 1942 thereafter a POW. My Grandfather Peter Arnott server with the regiment 1914/1916 when he was wounded on the Somme But the person I would like to find about is my great uncle Private 3/10105 George Tallet who served also on the Somme and died on the 15th October 1916. His memorial is at Thiepval but his body I believe has never been found. If anyone knows where the 3rd BN DLI were fighting on that day it would be most appreciated as I hope to travel to the Somme in October to pay my respects and would love to visit the sight of his death

Name:
Sarah Green
Email:
sarahgreen01@tesco.net
Date:
19 Jul 2001

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This is a great site, very informative. I would love to hear from anyone who knew and/or served with Pte Andrew French(4454483) of the 11th Battalion D.L.I. He died on the 7th June 1944. We know he was stationed at the Duke of Wellington Barracks in Halifax sometime in 1941 and he was also at Dunkirk. My family would be very grateful for any information about Andrew. Thank you.

Name:
Steve Middleton
Email:
sjmiggy@yahoo.com
Date:
23 Jul 2001

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Very interesting site. I have just embarked upon researching my Grandfathers military service he was awarded the MM with the DLI during WW2 his name is Joseph K Middleton (Joe). I think i shall pay a trip to your museum.

SJ Middleton

Name:
Chris Clayton
Email:
chris@woodham07.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
24 Jul 2001

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I can't believe I typed in Durham Light Infantry and got so much information, Thank You for this great site. My father Stanley Robert Peacock WOl was Bandmaster of the Durham Light Infantry, he served in BAOR amongst other places. He was bandmaster of the 2nd Battalion and the 6th Battalion. He was at Kneller Hall School of Music. I would be pleased to hear from anyone that knew him.

Name:
Frank Graham
Email:
n.rashbrooke@btinternet.com
Date:
24 Jul 2001

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Served with 1 Bn DLI 1951-1953. During this period i was in Korea for a year and would like to hear from anyone who remembers me that i have not yet met at the reunions.

Name:
Debbi Head
Email:
Debbihead@talk21.com
Date:
25 Jul 2001

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I would be grateful if anyone could provide any information regarding my late great grandfathers Battalion I understand he was a sgt in the 3rd Battalion DLI Reg 13453 believe he may have served during WW1 & WWII Thank you in advance

Name:
Frank Soulsby
Email:
Falcon_jedi@yahoo.co.uk
Date:
25 Jul 2001

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Excellent site. I am currently tracing the history of my grandfather during WWII. His name was Francis Soulsby and his service number was 4444914, He joined the DLI Regiment 12.4.29 and was posted to the 1st Battalion then in 16.9.30 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion. 1936-1939 he was an army reserve then was embodied on 2.9.39 where he was transferred to the Cheshire Regiment 7th Battalion and posted to the 21 Army Group. His nickname during his time in the army was Ginger, and one of his best mates throughout was some body he called Chalky. If any body has any information I would be most grateful

Name:
Ron Darbon
Email:
darbons@btinternet.com
Date:
30 Jul 2001

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My name is Ron Darbon. I am researching the military history of my granddad. His name is Stephen Richard Watson. He served with the 8th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. He was killed in action at the battle of Primosol Bridge, Sicily on 17th July 1943. My granddad is a man I have never met, but I feel I know him well. My mother (his daughter, June) has told me so much about him although she was only young when he was taken from his family.

Any information about him, Primosol Bridge & Sicily during this time would be appreciated.

My granddad, a man to be proud of.

Name:
Bob Noble
Email:
rnoble8534@aol.com
Date:
01 Aug 2001

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Looking for information on one ARTHUR NOBLE, Sgt, DLI, killed during WWI in France. Awarded DCM with Bar. Searching for citation.

Name:
GEORGE FORSTER
Email:
DAVID@FORSTER4.TOTALSERVE.CO.UK
Date:
02 Aug 2001

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SERVED 16TH BAT WW2

Name:
Pete Lovell
Email:
plovell17.fsnet.co.uk
Date:
04 Aug 2001

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My grandfather Peter James Lovell (Jim), or The padre served with the DLI 50th Northumbrian div 69th brigade from 1939 to 1944 .He was among the last people taken from Dunkirk beach in June 1940 he went on to serve in the middle east and was captured in north Africa in 1943 he was sent to an Italian prison camp and eventually repatriated in 1944.He went on to serve in the parachute regiment. One story he still recalls about Dunkirk is of a French resistance lady, firing a heavy machine gun at the German planes as our boys were being evacuated from the pier. Does anyone else remember having been told a similar story?

Name:
Joanne Russell
Email:
joanne@romford38.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
05 Aug 2001

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Very interesting site, I am searching for information on my Grandfather Joseph Garbutt who served 8 BN Durham Light Infantry in the 1st world war, he was l/cpl no. 2483300305 any advice on searching for army info gratefully received.

Name:
Mick Kelly
Email:
mike@mkreclaim.fsnet.co.uk
Date:
07 Aug 2001

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I served in the DLI from 1965 until it was disbanded in 1968 . please old friends and comrades please contact me

Name:
IAN PATERSON
Email:
IAN.B.PATERSON@BTINTERNET.COM
Date:
12 Aug 2001

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I AM TRYING TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT MY FATHER CAPTAIN RONALD PATERSON SECONDED TO KINGS EAST AFRICAN RIFLES LATE 40's EARLY 50's.

Name:
Keith Scudamore
Email:
keithscud@AOL.com
Date:
12 Aug 2001

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Very good site I will be visiting it on regular basis. I was one of the Somerset lads N/S intake at Brancepath 1960 and remember to this day Cpl Kennedy And Knowles (with respect) We were later transferred to SCLI in Osnabruck. I also remember Capt Windsor-Aubrey. I would be pleased to hear from anybody connected with DLI

Name:
Grant Smith
Email:
minotaur@triode.net.au
Date:
17 Aug 2001

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We are researching our family history. My grandfather joined the DLI in the early 1880's and served in India (Poona), Afghanistan, Sudan, Boer War and WW1. He was Regimental Sergeant Major Thomas Smith when retired. We would appreciate any information about him.

Name:
Grant Smith
Email:
minotaur@triode.net.au
Date:
17 Aug 2001

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We are researching my grandfather RSM Thomas Smith of the DLI 1880's to 1919. Could you please help with any information. Grant Smith

Name:
Roy Mallinson
Email:
roy@quicksave.screamimng.net
Date:
18 Aug 2001

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1959-61

Kohima Platoon at Branchpeth

Anyone still alive??????

Name:
IAN PATERSON
Email:
IAN.B.PATERSON@BTINTERNET.COM
Date:
19 Aug 2001

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GREAT SITE. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY FATHER CAPTAIN RONALD PATERSON D.L.I SECONDED TO EAST AFRICAN RIFLES LATE 40'S EARLY 50'S.

Name:
stuart hinckes
Email:
stuhinckes@hotmail.com
Date:
19 Aug 2001

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A very impressive website, excellent and first class.

Name:
Reuben Charlton
Email:
reuben.charlton@btinternet.com
Date:
24 Aug 2001

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I was told by his daughter that my Uncle Gilbert Frater was awarded the DCM at the end of WW1. Coming as he did from Sunderland I have always understood that he was in the DLI. He was severely wounded and returned home a mentally sick man who eventually spent many years in Hospital until allowed home towards the end of his life. His sister, my Mother, told me much the same story, adding that she believed he was a sergeant in charge of a Machine Gun section. I have one rather faded photograph of him taken when he was still in Hospital, and I remember visiting him there when I was very young, possibly about the age of four, which would have been in 1937. I would like to increase my knowledge of him, his Regiment, and information about how and why he was decorated.

I am delighted to find this web sight which is most useful and interesting. Thank you for creating it.

Reuben Charlton, Whiteleaves, Coulston, Nr. Westbury, Wiltshire. BA13 4NY

Name:
Dave Collins
Email:
dcollins@silverbugle.co.uk
Date:
25 Aug 2001

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Excellent Site, it has encouraged me to launch my own web site "Silver Bugle", the site is dedicated to all those who have and still do serve in the Light Infantry and their former regiments, and will be a focal point for all including friends and families - Cede Nullis

Name:
Richard Buckley
Email:
richb@telusplanet.net
Date:
29 Aug 2001

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great to find this site. I live in Canada now, but my father was in the DLI during WW2 (his name was Buckley (Joseph aka Michael).

Name:
Andy Metcalfe
Email:
veraandandrew@mye-mail.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
30 Aug 2001

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Very good site. I served in KOYLI on National Service Did my T.A. service with 'A' Coy. 6/DLI Bishop Auckland.

Name:
Ann Lavery
Email:
Annathamble@aol.com
Date:
31 Aug 2001

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I am researching Andrew Lavery who joined as a drummer boy at the age of 12. He rose through the ranks to become a Captain, and retired c 1819 and was awarded the MBE. I think he was an orphan, and was in South Shields Workhouse until the age of 12 along with 3 other brothers. He died c 1927 at Esh, Durham.. Would like to know more of this remarkable man.

Name:
Andy
Email:
nuprator@aol.com
Date:
11 Sep 2001

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My father in-law served with the DLI from Feb 1950 until Sept 1956 he reached the rank of cpl, his name is Joe 'smudger' Smith of St Helens and were looking for anyone who served with the regiment from these dates especially Pte Brain 'buggs' Bailey from Manchester, the were serving in Southampton and Durham. any information will be most appreciated!

Name:
Allan Converse
Email:
aconverse@hotmail.com
Date:
13 Sep 2001

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I am looking for any DLI veterans of the 6th, 8th, and 9th Bns (151 Bde) who would be willing to correspond about their experiences with 50th Div in 1939-1944. This would be for a study I am doing on the men of 50th Div and 9th Australian Div (old desert neighbours) during WWII. If all goes well, this ought to be a book. Any help at all would be appreciated. I've already talked to or corresponded with veterans of the divisional artillery (147th Fd Regt RA), the Green Howards, and divisional staff. Thanks to all,

Allan Converse

Name:
THOMAS R. HARRINGTON
Email:
raven0833@yahoo.co.uk
Date:
13 Sep 2001

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Is there nobody left of the regiment that served from 1965-72

Name:
Christine Pearson
Email:
ccgs@teapot35.freeserve.co.uk
Date:
17 Sep 2001

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My Grandfather... Cresswell Reay was a member of the TA's and called up early in the 1stWW. don't know a lot about him except that he was a linesman with the DLI and shipped home injured from Ypres. he spent a year in an orthopedic hospital. before being allowed home. Only recently discovered this from an elderly aunt as he's been dead over 35 years. but need more information from anyone who can help

Name:
Gary Mason
Email:
gmason@ntlworld.com
Date:
28 Sep 2001

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I look on the net form time to time to see if I can find out about my grandfather who was with the 1st DLI. This site has accounted for his Afghanistan medals and his meeting and marrying my grandmother in Cologne.

Thanks

Name:
Lisa
Email:
lmhine@hotmail.com
Date:
07 Oct 2001

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I am looking for information about my grandfather. He was with the Durham Light Infantry during ww2. His name was Tommy Appleby, he was killed aged 27, in Tobruk. Any information would be appreciated.