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It is a fairly detailed story, but I recently discovered that I had two great uncles that fought in World War 1.  One of them fought with the 15 Battalion of the DLI and was killed somewhere along the Hindenburg Line on June 3, 1917.  I am still looking for information on his service and death. He is buried in Belgium at the Railway Dug Out Cemetery.   I just wanted to post this note in Memory of his service and sacrifice on this approaching one hundredth year anniversary this June.  Thank you for the opportunity to post this tribute.

Mike Phillips, 15/05/2017 

Giving thoughts and respect to my Great, Great Uncle, Private Sam Forrest 301902 of 1/8th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, on the one hundredth anniversary of his death 24th April 1917. The ultimate sacrifice made, still remembered a century on.

Neil White, 03/05/2017

In proud and loving memory of my Great Uncle Private Charles Bee, 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He was born in Metheringham Fen, Lincolnshire and enlisted in Lincoln. He died of wounds 11th January 1917 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Carol Cheetham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, 11/01/2017


Private Thomas Edward McCann Killed 27th July 1916. Aged 30 left a pregnant wife and four children. Your grandchildren and family salute you.


I wish to show my deepest respect and love for a man I never met and never knew. My great grand uncle Matthew Maughan Cumming who enlisted with the Durham Light Infantry on the 24th September 1914 at the age of 23 years 7 months. He was assigned to the 18th Battalion - Service "C Company" for training on the 10th October 1914 at Cocken Hall, Durham. Having completed field training he encountered front line action in Egypt from the 6th December 1915 until the 5th March 1916 when his battalion left for France and on the 28th July 1916 Matthew's live was cut short at the battle of the Somme whilst under heavy bombardment. He was never found and was recorded as lost in action at the young age of 26 years. His name is displayed on the remembrance plaque in St Michael's & All Angels Church and the War Memorial in Witton Gilbert, Durham and he is also commemorated on the Loos Memorial (Panel 106 and 107), France. I would like him to be remembered along with all the other gallant young men who died a long way from home away from their loved ones.

High Shincliffe, Durham, UK 29/06/2016


In memory of my great uncle Fenwick Watson who died on the 26th Sep 1915 at the battle of Loos. He was 21. He was in in 14th battalion of the DLI. He only arrived in France on the 11th Sep 1915

Annfield Plain, Co Durham, England, 21/02/2015

In memory of Pvte 46603 John William Cottrell, served with 15 Bn in France. Killed in action 07/11/1918

Picardy, France, 20/02/2015



DAVID BOAL,, bishop auckland, durham, uk, 23/12/2014

4469081 Pte George William Clarkson. 16th Bn Durham Light Infantry. Died 01 Sep 1944 aged 21. RIP Grandad. We will remember them.

Darlington, Durham, United Kingdom, 09/11/2014

I am posting to pay tribute to my great grandfather private John Gardiner of the Durham Light Infantry 15th battallion,he was killed in action at the battle of the Somme on 3rd August 1916,i have only recently found out about this and would appreciate any further information., Sunderland, Tyne + Wear, United Kingdom, 25/08/2014

In memory of Private Christopher Anderson MM 18/422 18th Battalion Miner, Browney Colliery, Brandon Enlisted September 1914 I July 1916: Military Medal (when attached to RAMC): Obituary Durham Chronicle 9 January 1931: ".. for carrying wounded men from dangerous and exposed positions. Under heavy fire practically all the time he was undisturbed and cool in in all his perilous undertakings exemplifying the characteristic heroism of the miner". The Anderson Family 5 August 2014

Charles Anderson,, Elmdon, Essex, UK, 05/08/2014

I would like to pay tribute to my grandfather Walter Knopp a soldier in the 2nd Battalion DLI who died in action with his regiment in Flanders October 13, 1914. He was born in South Ockendon, Essex in 1885, he left a widow and four young children, his second youngest child was my mother. Thank you Grandad for making the supreme sacrifice. May you rest in eternal peace with your family around you.

Brampton, Ontario, Canada, 05/08/2014

I wish to show my deepest respect and love for a man I never met and never knew. He was my great granddad - Private Edmund Revely 11440 of the 2nd Batallion of the Durham Light Infantry. He joined the Army on 5th September 1912 but he was killed in action on 28th October 1914. He left behind a widow and a 2 month old daughter who he never met. After he died his widow was given his medals - the 1914 Star, the Scroll and Plaque and some others. His name is displayed in St Editha's Church and St George's church in Tamworth, St Aidan's church wall of remembrance and the book of those lost in the war in Hartlepool (where he was born), on the war memorial wall in Ploegsteert near Flanders. I never knew Edmund but to me he will always be my great granddad my hero. I love you Edmund x

uttoxeter, staffs, 29/07/2014

Sad to inform you of the passing 21/07/2014 of John Orchard who served in the D.L.I. band during the 60's then transferred to the Irish Guards Band. Amazing how someone of such build could 'gallop' along at 140 paces to the minute with a Tuba on his chest., Moreton, Wirral, U.K., 22/07/2014

Remembering Private Robert Edward Robson 40023 Durham Light Infantry also served in Yorkshire Regiment. Died from wounds received during World War 1 on January 12th 1918. buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and remembered on the cenotaph at Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co Durham . Eddy was my Great Uncle any more info about him would be greatly appreciated.

Cyndi Robson-Mackenzie, Allendale, Northumberland, England, 22/07/2014

My father Albert Day mentioned that his father's brother Charles Day who was said to resemble my father died during WW2 in Italy. I found he had died on 21/9/1944 at Coriano Ridge at the young age of 23 his details are Colour Sargeant Charles Day - No: 4691157 Son of James & Kate Ellen Day of Sheffield. I have found that he is buried in Coriano Ridge war cemetery. I would like him to be remembered with all the other young men who died a long way from home away from their loved ones.

Nottingham , Nottinghamshire , United Kingdom , 04/06/2014

I would like to pay Tribute To My Grandfather, George Henry HESP He was Killed in 1916, In FLANDERS FRANCES He Was In The, D L I 2ND Battalion Age 32 And Will Never, Be For Gotten R .I. P. Grand Daughter,

Stoke on Trent, Staffs, Stafordshire, 15/05/2014

Thoughts of L/Cpl John Warwick Simpson, Galashiels (3190669) Killed in action 22nd May 1940. A beloved son and brother who is always remembered by his family. Would like to know about the history Says "Occurred with the BEF" Hope to visit the museum soon to learn more, Freuchie, Fife, Scotland, 07/05/2014



Glad to see the campaign medals of Sargeant William Tame DCM of the 68th (10/3/1825-6/7/1855) are being cared for at the museum. Our g.g. grand uncle an articulate young man who's letters home from the Crimea were published in the Northampton Mercury. Tragically died at Sebastopol.

hannington, northampton, United Kingdom, 04/09/2013

Remembering 16194 Pte WILLIAM NEVISON. Great to discover your medals are on display, hopefully one day I will find a photo of you too. Love Cousin Caroline, 19/08/2013

I have my fathers dicharge papers signed by C S Wilson. lieut col. dated 2/11/1909. at Nasirabad India.his name is Vincent Austin Lamb. private.enlisted !st batt. Newcastle 28/12/1901.I am interested in any additions as to combat or ops. He joined up WW1 becoming sergeant and had won MM medalle militaire. Croix de Guerre plus.

Douglas Lamb,, Whickham , Newcastle, England, 20/06/2013

Hello does anyone remember sgt wakefield,my father remembers him and would love to share any stories from his time in the dli in cyprus.

Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom, 11/06/2013

Wallis Issac Pte 4/10109 Died 30/11/1917 @ France & Flanders, Hounured at Cambrai along with all of those who gave their lives for our Freedom, I thank you. My late Father Mr Ray Wallace (born in 1939) @ Haverhill and sadly died in Norfolk 2007) had tried in vain to find further information, I would dearly like to find any information regarding my Great Grandfather especially a photograph. His name is as mine actutally spelt Issac Wallace, enlisted at Gateshead, he had a son Mr John Wallace who served in WW2 and lived and died in Grimsby, any information would be gratefully received.

Dawn Wallace-Bland,, 20/05/2013

My Dad served in the Durham Light Infantry, unfortunately he passed away on 10th March 2013, aged 83. His passing was peaceful surrounded by his loving wife Dora and 3 of his 6 daughters. Lynn Roberts, Anne Baines & Sharon Bailey & technology allowed 2 of his daughters to be skyped and see him before he left a hole in our life.

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK, 29/03/2013

Remembering Private John Henry Clarke (26756) 14th Battalion. Killed 22/4/17

John Clarke, Witham, Essex, UK, 03/02/2013

I would like to pay tribute to my late father George William Aldis who served with the Durham Light Infantry through WW2. So very proud of him.

Clacton on Sea, Essex, England, 29/01/2013

Seeking information re Edward Hunter Durham Light Infantry 1st/9th who was killed in action in France, July l918. He was from Annfield Plain, Co. Durham.

Carol Hunter,, Ontario, Canada, 27/01/2013


Does anyone have information on Pte. Thomas Marshall,8006, 2nd battalion? (I have the info held by the CWGC.)

Geoff Marshall, 28/11/2012

To great great grandad cornelius barella ive finally found you at last nw i will finally keep in touch with you through this memorial book and your pictures i have of you and your brave brave men love you always and what you have all done for this country may yous all rest in peace sleep tight x

sunderland, tyne and wear, england, 28/11/2012

I would like to pay tribute to my grandfather,David Cropper 4031588 8th battalion,he died on the 9/06/1944 at Tilly-Sur-Suelles, love from grandson William Huizer

William Huizer,, Northwich, Cheshire, England, 24/11/2012

Today 11th November 2012 I remember again all those who gave their lives for us in our lifetime. In particular my grand-father Leonard Austin RETALLACK who died of his wounds in 1916 and lies in La Havre France, also my Uncle Peter OSOLIN who died in the second world war and lies in his home town of Sunderland. We will never forget you. God Bless. Hope you are re-united with your daughter and sister Lenora. RIP.

West Boldon, Tyne and Wear, 11/11/2012

Remembering my Uncle, Private Norman Spoors 4459160 who died 71 years ago at Tobruk on the 8th November 1941. Buried at Tobruk Commonwealth Cemetery.

Stewart Hardy,, Leigh on Sea, Essex, UK, 08/11/2012

My late Grandad's older Brother, Sergeant Gordon Priestley, 250165, 1st/6th Bn Durham Lght Infantry who died on 26th October 1917 Age 24 Rembered with Honour, Tyne Cot Memorial

Peter Woodhill,, Stirchley, Birmingham, West Midlands, U.K., 13/10/2012

This is a wonderful memorial to all those who fought and died in the DLI. My grandfather Hance Major Embleton served in the 8Th battalion of the DLI, WW1 and was fortunate to survive even tho he became a POW towards the end he talked highly of the bravery of his fellow soldiers.

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, 29/09/2012

Edgar Nicholson attested for the DLI at Newcastle on Tyne on 6 January 1897. He was serving with 1 Bn at the time of the Bn's transfer from India to South Africa upon the outbreak of the Boer War. During that war he took part in numerous campaigns including Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal and Laing's Nek. He was among those infantrymen who were horsed in order to meet the threat posed by the preponderance of cavalry in the Boer ranks, serving with a force known as the Burmah Mounted Infantry. After eight years colour service with the DLI, and a further four in the Army Reserve, he volunteered for the Northumberland Hussars, one of the Territorial Cavalry Regiments sent to Belgium in October 1914 after the outbreak of the Great War. He took part in the first Battle of Ypres and was Mentioned in Despatches in November 1914, and again in January 1915. In March 1917, now in the rank of SSM, while defending bridges over the Crozat Canal, he was wounded and awarded the DCM. Following convalescence back in blighty he was transferred to 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment and finally demobilised in February 1919. This note is dedicated on behalf of a proud family to the memory of a gallant soldier.

David Geeves,, 25/08/2012

In memory of my great-uncle, Pvt Henry King 81188, who died a prisoner of war in Aisne, France, in August 1918. We have recently returned from a holiday in France where we visited the Chauny Communal Cemetery where he is commemorated (although his actual grave is lost). A beautiful, peaceful memorial to so many.

Paul Hodgson, Hedon, East Yorkshire, UK, 24/08/2012

I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of Sgt.Tom ('Jackie') Pease and L/Cpl.Charlie Whitwell, killed while clearing booby traps with my father, Lt.Harry Calder, neat Tilly-sur-Seulles in Normandy on 3 August 1944. Dad was very badly injured in the explosion, but thankfully survived. He thought very very highly of Sgt.Pease and Pte.Whitwell, who were brave, reliable and highly skilled members of the Sapper Assault Platoon, and he mourned their loss to the end of his days.

Barry Calder,, Falmouth, Cornwall, G.B., 15/08/2012

To the men captured at Torbruk and held in the hell hole Stalg IV-4 at Mühlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg. These men included my grandad Sgt Joseph Michael Wall 4267755. POW No. 229170.

Stokesley, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, 20/07/2012

The late Herbert Hogg who served with the Durham Light Infantry during the second world war and was one of the first soldiers to be taken Prisoner of War in Italy where he spent the rest of the war.

Anna Barratt,, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK, 27/06/2012

My father, Samual Samson served with DLI during WW1 and I believe during WW2. He died in 1962 and all I have is an army education certificate from the 2nd Battalion stationed in India 1925 which has his army number of 444109 on it. Can you help or point me in the right direction, many thanks Anthea Charlotte Wood

Anthea Charlotte Wood,, St Helens, Merseyside, UK, 05/06/2012

We have recently been to Alexandria{Egypt}on holiday and took the opportunity to visit the war museum and military cemetery at El Alemein.It was very sad and humbling to see so many DLI headstones all in a group together[Brothers in arms}We felt honoured to pay our respects to these lads.They are being well looked after by the people who tend their graves with such care.Archie & Val Moore{ex 3LI}


I am really trying to find out more on my late grandfather fred slater from Middlesbrough he was was in the ww2 and was injured in 1943 he was aged 22 and is supposed to have got medals etc but we have been unable to find out more apart from maybe he was injured in some dessert rommel trobrouk Alaimrnis Africa conflict? we have a date of 23rd October 1943 pleasehelp to fit our jigsaw together as my granddead is dead and so is my mother and only me now that can do this family tree cheers Andy

Andy,, Dorset, 13/04/2012

I would like some help in finding Janice from Durham who posted the following. She is looking for information on her great-grandfather, Edward Hunter. He is my grandfather. Could the webmaster please notify Janice that she has relatives she may not know about. Please email me at: Hi. I'm looking for information on Edward Hunter, who served with 1/9th Battalion in WW1 He was my great grandfather. He died 1918 in France I think Janice, Durham, Durham, England, 15/07/2010

Carol Hunter, London, Ontario, Canada, 15/03/2012

I have bought a postcard from Capt. Claud Loval Fraser (14th Btn DLI, part of 64 Brig) to his father written 6/11/15, he states they had their HQ at Le Chateau Fletre for a few days (pictured on the card) Googling Claud Lovat Fraser will give you a brief biog, worth adding to history?

Penzance, Cornwall, UK, 01/03/2012

Do you wish to have more details of my father Lowery DLI? He also served in the army after we came to Canada.

Orillia, Ontario, Canada, 16/02/2012

I wish to add my thanks to all who fought for freedom against tyranny. In particular to my uncle Ambrose Cosgrove (Private) 6th Btl, DLI, who died at Primasole Bridge on July 17 1943. You are a long way from Galway but never forgotten. John Ambrose Cosgrove

Pickering, Canada, 10/01/2012


Thank you for an excellent website. In particular seeing the photo of Ernie Harvey and reading his account of his experience at Falaise. When a teenager in the 60's I worked with Ernie in Sunderland. He told me many stories of his war experiences. A brave and kind gentleman indeed. His old platoon commander swore me in at South Shields recruiting office when I joined up in '67.

Warminster, Wiltshire, England, 26/12/2011

In Memory of my Grandfather,Wilfred Gordon Smith, 13th Service Battalion DLI,who gave his life for his country 17th July 1916 on the Somme.He has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. God Bless.your Grandson Gordon.

Gordon Hartburn, Portsmouth, 14/12/2011

My grandfather, Pte John Hunt won the Military Medal for capturing a German machine gun in 1917. I have his citation and believe that Neva Lane, where the action took place, is near Arras. Can anybody provide me with any further information. I know that at some stage he was batman to Lord Gort and that he later went on to be Chairman of Consett Urban District Council. Your help with any information would be greatly appreciated.

John Hunt Croasdell,, Worcester, Worcs, UK, 16/11/2011

I would like to dedicate this for my Uncle, Lcpl George Smith 4456456 KIA 20th May 1940. Your memory will live on in our family forever, as like you i took the Queens shilling and served 20years, my thoughts are with you always. "Swift & Bold" If any body can help me with any further information please contact me at

David Johnson,, Colchester, Essex, UK, 15/11/2011

In remembrance of my uncle Cpl. Edward Goldson 11th DLI who was killed in action on 8th Sept. 1944.Your bravery will never be forgotten. R.I.P. (Interred Geel Cemetery, Belgium.

Liverpool, Merseyside, 14/11/2011

I would like to remember my Gt. Uncle Frederick Smith who died without trace at the battle of Hooge, Ypres in Belgium on 9th August 1915 in World War One He was 27 years of age.. His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. He will always be remembered in our hearts. God bless all the soldiers who have died in all the wars.

Shirley Griffin, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, 14/11/2011

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2011 In Memory of my Great Granddad Private Marmaduke William Huitson 22622, 2nd Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died age 36 on 03 March 1916 leaving behind his beloved wife Katie and six cherished children Robert Malcolm, Richard Allan, Janet Stewart, Katie Barr and his newly born twins Doreen Gladys and Marmaduke Kitchener born 12 November 1915 whom he sadly never got to embrace and hold them close in his loving caring arms or to be able to gaze upon their beautiful tiny faces. God Bless him. Remembered today and always with Great Honour and Pride for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his king and country along with so many other brave and courageous people. Final resting place Poperinge New Military Cemetery West Vlaanderen Belgium. Always and forever in our thoughts and hearts and never to be forgotten.The memories of those who knew you now live on in the hearts of your family who never had the chance or honour to have known you. Sleep peacefully Great granddad God bless you xxxxxx

Cindy Davies (Cynthia Huitson),, 13/11/2011

In rememberance of Major Christopher L Beattie 75176 (MC) of the 8th DLI. Who was killed 09/09/1944. A brave young soul like many others. Who is my hero. I would love to find out more about you.. From a proud great nephew

United Kingdom, 08/11/2011

It's the time again to say a big thank you to all our servicemen and women who paid with their lives for us all to have the life we have. I remember in particular my grandfather Austin Leonard RETALLACK and my Uncle Peter Osolin. My grandfather died in1916 of his wounds and is buried in La Havre France, he was with the DLI. My Uncle Peter Osolin was killed at the end of the second world war, he is buried in Sunderland. We can visit Uncle Peter's resting place, but the grandfather we never knew is far away. We visited his grave last year. They like others will NEVER be forgotten. May they all rest in peace knowing we will never forget. God Bless, and thank you.

West Boldon, Tyne and Wear, U.K, 06/11/2011

group of students from the city's Springwell Dene School turned detective in a bid to find the war grave of Hendon soldier Private George Moffatt Knill, killed in the French fields in August 1917. After months of researching to find information about Pte Knill, a member of the 7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, and two days searching war cemeteries in France, the emotional teenagers eventually found the Sunderland soldier's grave and were able to lay a poppy wreath. Daniel Cain, 14, from Pallion, one of the group which found the grave, said: "It was so sad seeing all the headstones. We were really pleased to find Pte Knill's and it was amazing to know no-one had been there before us."

sunderland, tyne wear, uk, 04/11/2011

I'm looking for information on the 2/6th Bn. DLI on the 8,9,10 and 11th November 1918. Would be very grateful if anyone coud send me a scan. Kind regards from Flanders,

Vichte, Flanders, Belgium, 03/11/2011

To the memory of my Grandfather 2470 LCpl Peter McGovern 1/5th Btn DLI. Killed 24 Sep 1916

Gloucester, 11/10/2011

I would like to remember my grandfather (who I or my mother never knew) on the anniversary of his death 15th October 1916. He lies in La Havre France, where he died of his wounds. His Name Leonard Austin RETALLACK. May his Soul Rest in Everlasting Peace. I and my siblings would love to have known him. My mother, his daughter died in 2005 aged 88 years not knowing her father. I would like to think that at last they are.

Sunderland, Durham, 09/10/2011

Does anyone have information regarding T. Coventry 4458513 private who died on the 27 of october 1943. His grave is in Rothesay.

carol leggett,, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, UK, 08/09/2011

This is dedicated to my Great Uncle John Fletcher formerly 4324 DLI enlisted to young and later enlisted in the HLI 202921, 14thBn. My family and I went last week to see his name on the Memoriam in Arras he was killed in action aged 19 years we found it so very moving to see the names of so many young men who gave there lives for our freedom we will never for get and myself hope to be able to visit again. I have tried to find the place where he might have fallen and think it might be Adinfer Wood, if anyone can give me more information it would be most appreciated as I was told that sometimes a stone or marker is placed there and it would be very dear to my heart if I could find out. My e-mail Dear Great Unce John this tribute is to you and all your comrades. Fletcher Family.

Jane Fassom,, Billericay, Essex., England., 18/08/2011

In memory of Corpral Ernest George Ackerman from Consett of theDLI died in france April 25th 1915 , anyone with info please contact,

Colin Ackerman,, Stanley , Co Durham, 17/08/2011

Wallis Issac Pte 4/10109 Died 30/11/1917 @ France & Flanders, Hounured at Cambrai along with all of those who gave their lives for our Freedom, I thank you. My late Father Mr Ray Wallace (born in 1939) @ Haverhill and sadly died in Norfolk 2007) had tried in vain to find further information, I would dearly like to find any information regarding my Great Grandfather especially a photograph. His name is as mine actutally spelt Issac Wallace, enlisted at Gateshead, he had a son Mr John Wallace who served in WW2 and lived and died in Grimsby, any information would be gratefully received.

Mrs Dawn-Wallace Bland,, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, 03/08/2011

I am trying to find information about the 13th battalion DLI...My grandfather Private Joseph Lowe joined most probably after 1916. His service card I have states that his battalion was attached to General hospital. Any info would be great.

Hellene Dowding,, Cranebrook, NSW, Australia, 27/06/2011

I have visited the grave of my Great Uncle John Armstrong from Felling and have informaton of another two soldiers killed with him, he is buried in Sauchy-Cauchy and died 18th October 1918. Anyone with more information would be helpful.

Leybourne, Kent, United Kingdom, 07/06/2011

My name is Robert and I am 13. My Great Uncle was Robert Jones 11510 Lance CPL of the 2nd. Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He died of wounds sustained on the bank of The Yser Canal June 5th. 1916. He landed in France 8th. Sept. 1914. I would like to find out if anyone knows where I might find any photos of him and his battalion.

Robert Wilson,, kells, Meath, Ireland, 19/05/2011

I am trying to find out any information on my father Haydn John Davies who was a private 22839642 in the dli in the 50's, we believe he transferred to the rmp sometime in the late 50;s any information would be helpful. Thanks

Janet,, Bridgend, Not Available, United Kingdom, 16/05/2011

MWW, Northampton - Ezra Charles Swindells (Charlie), was my Grandad. We always had our suspisions of what the truth was although it was only within the past year that we came to learn the horrors of what really happened. Tragic loss of life. RIP

Plymouth, Devon, 11/05/2011

In memory of my dear husband Brian Chamberlain. died 28th July 2009. Served with DLI first in Korea. A special person who lives on in the warm memories he shared with us all.

June Chamberlain, Darlington, Durham, England, 16/04/2011

My mother's cousin Francis Hedley Gough Service Number 4455926 was in 6th Battalion DLI. He was killed 21/3/1942 and is buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery Tunisia. Doesanyone know anything about the Campaign he was engaged in?

Eric Suddes,, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, England, 09/04/2011

To the memory of Private John Henry (Jack) Ferguson of The Travellers Rest, Birtley. Served with the 10th Battalion DLI. Died 5/10/1916, he died as a result of wounds sustained in action on 16/9/1916 aged just 26 buried with honour at St Sever, Rouan, France Gone but not forgotten RIP

Hartlepool, County Durham, UK, 09/04/2011

hi im looking for information an Ernest Gandy he was killed in ww2 in 1944 anyone know where i could find out more information about his time in the war?, Manchester, -, 26/03/2011

Hi i'm looking to find out about a Private James Bolger who was in the 15th battalion Durham LI , he died on 12/09/1918 , where can i find out about his time in the army , and where he died ,any help would be welcome, Ireland, 10/03/2011

I am looking for any information about my great grandad Samuel Warburton Stark. He served with the 2nd Battallion from about 1905. He was born in Middlesbrough in 1886. I have been told he was sent to a prisoner of war camp shortly after landing in France. Can anyone tell me how to find his service record?, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 07/03/2011

I would like togive mygrateful thanks to all members of the armed forces during w.w.1&2.Especially in my thoughts is my Uncle John W.Smart who died 15 May 1940 .He was with theD.L.I. and he is now buried in Leopoldsburg Cemetery in Would you please be able to print me a picture of his headstone?, Middlesbrough, Teesside, England, 05/03/2011

To the memory of all the fallen and to the memory of my uncle Private George Harold Thompson 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry who died for his country at the Battle of Lys 1918

Norwich, Norfolk, UK, 23/02/2011

My Grandfather Samuel's older brother, George Gough became Private 17868, of 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, in the First World War. By the end of the November 1915 the 14th. were firmly embedded in the 6th Division, and found themselves defending Potijze. During this time the battalion endured a gas attack near Wieltje. Casualties amongst the ranks amounted to 149 with a number of officers also being gassed and wounded. George was one of those who died after the gas attack on the trenches, on Sunday, 19th December 1915, near Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. He is buried in Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference V 19. I had the privilege to visit the cemetery in August 1998, where I paid my respects to a Great Uncle that, until a few months earlier, I never knew existed. The cemetery is neat and rectangular, with a wall surrounding it and an entrance gate. Does anyone know of or have photographs of others who fought in 14th Battalion?

Eric Suddes,, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, England, 22/02/2011

F.A.O. Linda Francis(Southampton)--26/11/08 I have only just found this site although I have researched for the deaths of two of my uncles killed in WW1.That was about 15 years ago when Steve? Stone at the D.L.I. Museum let me look at the 9th Bat. War Diaries. I believe they are now at the Durham R.O. I`m afraid there are no names of non-commisioned soldiers like my uncle George killed at La Butte de Warlencourt on 5/6th November but I have copies of background of the terrible place it was.I would be happy to send you copies.

Joe Dixon,, Ilkley, West Yorks, England, 22/02/2011

I am looking for information about a family called APPLEBY who all died Y Somme circa 1916.They were from Killinghall near Harrogate North Yorkshire.They were parents-JAMES and MARY JANE nee CALVERT,children-LOUISE ELLEN,LILY,ROSE ,JOHN and GEORGE.

Dorothy Young,, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, UK, 18/02/2011

5257407 Lance Serjeant Ezra Charles Swindells served with the 1st Worcestershire Regiment and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial Son of Billand Gertrude Swindells; husband of Lilian Pamala Swindells, of Chorltoncum-Hardy, Manchester


have just found my Uncle. Ezra Swindells on a list of Pow's that perished on the sinking of the SS Scillin by "friendly fire".in 1942.To my knowledge non of his direct relatives ever knew the circumstances of his death,I have only just stumbled across the details almost by accident. What a tragedy.R.I.P.

mww,, northampton, 15/02/2011



to our great uncle Jimmy white who died on the first day of the somme, 6th DLI. worked on the new croxdale bridge pre war before enlisting, His brother and our grandfather jack white survived the war but was seriously wounded at vimy ridge after a new recruite gave away their position by looking over the trench top, he was later discharged from the green howards 1917 missing his right hand. ironically he had been a skilful sniper. Sons of tudhoe colliery.jack passed away 1969.

vetlanda, sweden, 02/02/2011

I am trying to find out any information about my father - ROBERT COOK GREENER born 18th August 1911 in Chopwell Durham military service in the DLA Unfortunately he would never talk about his time served in France except that I have learned since his death (whether true or not) that he witnessed the terrible death of his best mate in the TA whilst on Dunkirk beach. He served during WW2 in the T.A. of the Durham Light Infantry as a Sergeant. I beleive he was evacuated from Dunkirk. He was invalided out of the army after contracting double pnuemonia developing into resparitory problems. I do not know much more about him except that he and my mother IRIS HENRIETTA CRANSON spent the rest of their lives in Blackhall Mill and then Chopwell. Any information about his military service would be appreciated.

Joseph Ian Greener,, 01/02/2011

Gilbert Fraters medal cards and pension records seem to be available on Ancestry;- 9671 G Frater (Sunderland) For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.This NCO was in charge of the company Lewis Guns and it was due to his iniative and energy that the gun panniers were got up to forward positions.When the enemy attacked in force he stood on the parapet of the trench in full veiew of the Enemy and directed the fire of his gun.Although wounded twice hit through the pouch and haversack he maintained his position until he was severely wounded and had to be carried out,after setting a splendid example to his men.(03/09/1918)

Jim Tuckwell, Sunderland, 30/01/2011

In Memory of my uncle Gilbert Frater, Corporal, who won the DCM in WW1 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty", when in charge of the company of Lewis guns . The full extract from the London Gazette tells how he only left the battle when severely wounded. It is said in the family that he met his brother Tom, who also survived the war, in the trenches and who was on his way to the front. I have not been able to find any record of Tom's army service and would like to know if anyone can help. After the war his experiences left him hospitalised for many years, only able to return home after WW2 to live with his daughter Norah, the kindest and sweetest cousin I could ever have known.

Coulston, near Westbury,, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 27/01/2011

In memory of Sergent John Franklin Madge 136635 RGA a relative of my late father John Franklin Nieuport Jones. John F Madge was killed 14th August 1917 and is buried at Coxyde cemetery Nieuport (Nieuwpoort) Belgium.(my father was named after him and the place he died ) I have photos of the original grave and the replaced commonwealth war graves headstone,taken when we visited. Also in the photo is the headstone of Sergent C.W Masterman RGA. It was a very emotional and moving experience to stand at his grave. Such brave men and too young to die.

Mrs Lynn Taylor,, Manchester, uk, 20/01/2011

to the bravery of the soldiers in the Durham Light Infantry, and to my grandfather Pte. David Cropper who lost his life on 9/6/1944. June Heyes (nee Cropper)

Liverpool, England, 07/01/2011


This is for Janice in Durham, looking for information on Edward Hunter, died France, l918, 1/9 Batt. He was her great-grandfather. He is my grandfather. Please contact me at

London, Ontario, Canada, 04/12/2010

I am looking for any details on my Grandfather, ALFRED SUNSTEAD reg no39908. He served with the DLI and Yorkshire regiment during WW1 I have found medal rolls,but nothing else. Can anyone help any further?

BERNADETTE SUNSTEAD, guisborough, cleveland, england, 23/11/2010

trying to research more information in reference to my granfather james Goodfellow who was in the 9th battalion light Durham Infantry in 1924 , all i have is a old photo of him and his battalion at Catterick, if anyone could assist would be appreciated.

Greg Rashleigh,, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia, 21/11/2010

I would like to pay tribute to my Great Grandfather Pte John Thomas WEBSTER who served in France between 1915-18 with the DLI/ MGC. Previously a coal miner from the Boldon Colliery ,he survived the perils of war but I believe he was wounded towards the end of 1918. My brother has his war medalswhich have been handed down through the generations. He sadly left this world in september 1963 aged 86.We are all very proud of his service to the country at a time when it was needed. I have tried finding out more about him but the records are either lost or very vague. Anyone who may have any family connections or family who may have served with him would be appreciated. And further to all those who gave their service to king and country,we are all eternally greatfull.

Brian Webster,, home town Hebburn, ( Now in Swindon), Tyne & Wear, U K, 17/11/2010

In memory of my wonderful dad, Brian Chamberlain who served with the first in Korea. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him. He was very special and always my hero

debbie cetra,, lONDON, UK, 15/11/2010

I would like to pay my respects to all who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. In particular my grandfather (who neither my mam or I knew) his Name Leonard Austin Retallack who died of his wounds in October 1916, he lies in La Havre France, he was 26 years old. Also my Uncle Peter Osolin who was killed in 1946 aged 24years. May they both rest in peace knowing they have never been forgotten. I loved my uncle and I am sure I would have loved my grandfather who I wished I had known. Thank you all and God Bless.

West Boldon, Tyne and Wear, England, 12/11/2010

Some years ago while researching at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead I discovered a painting 'Abide with Me', which had been commissioned to be produced as cards for Brig. General Roland Boyes Bradford to give to the men under his command. I was so moved by the painting, Roland's gesture and the story of how he and his brothers fought for their country that my husband and I always think of them at this time of year and the many men who fought and fell in conflicts past and present. We never forget. God bless. x

Mrs Victoria Ward, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 10/11/2010

Isaac Burtonwood was colour sergeant of DLI and was discharged on 16/11/1908. He died 1916 and his 2 daughters from his second marriage were sent to an orphanage for soldiers daughters. Does anyone have any information about this?, London, 02/11/2010

In memory of Richard Henry Cook, who died 1 May 1917 age 20. From Sunderland, son of Richard Henry Cook and Catharine Turnbull Laws.

Nicholas Cook, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 28/10/2010

Trying to find information or relatives of a Joseph Donnelly born 1902 in Birtley, Co.Durham. He was my great uncle and believed he may have served in Durham Light Infantry during thew Second World War. The family lived in Front St, Chester Le Street in 1911. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Nick Donnelly, Portsmouth, Hants, UK, 27/10/2010

Henry (Harry) Hogarth of DLI - from an army family with his father also served DLI for 28 years died 12/10/10 May he rest in peace xx Love from all your family- sister and brother Fred and Joan, Nieces and Nephews Arthur, Wendy, Paul, Lesely,Judith,Grand nephews and neices Alberto, Helen, Diane & Tom Much Love and RIP Wendy x 27/10/10

Wendy Scott, guildford, surrey, 27/10/2010

I want to pay tribute to my great uncle, Jimmy Thompson, of Hownes Gill Consett, who served with DLI 11th battalion and died on 20 September 1916 in the battle of the Somme, aged 24. My grandda never got over the loss of his adored big brother, and he is remembered by us (who never knew him) because the sadness of his loss still echoes down the years. My dad was fortunate to work during the late 40s with a man who had served alongside Uncle Jimmy in the Great War and learnt from him that Jimmy had been shot. We pray to God that this was really the case, and that it was quick and painless. He is remembered at Thiepval, on our village war memorial, and in our hearts.

Heather , Consett, Co Durham, UK, 22/10/2010

In memory of Leonard Austin Retallack who died of his wounds in October 1916. His last resting place is in La Havre France. His daughter, my mam, never knew her father. My prayers are they are now re-united with all love ones.

West Boldon, Rngland, 17/10/2010

would like to know some background info on my grandfather mr wiiliam anderson of the d l i he was shot and captured near tobruk in north africa.he was born in sunderland and seen out the last years of the war in stalag 14 in germany p o w camp.anyone who new him or served with him could you please contact me with info i am cpl ken mason 251 field ambulance sunderland thanks.

ken mason,, sunderland, tyne and wear, england uk, 15/10/2010

would like to know some background info on my grandfather mr wiiliam anderson of the d l i he was shot and captured near tobruk in north africa.he was born in sunderland and seen out the last years of the war in stalag 14 in germany p o w camp.anyone who new him or served with him could you please contact me with info i am cpl ken mason 251 field ambulance sunderland thanks., sunderland, tyne and wear, england uk, 15/10/2010

I'm looking for any information My Great Grandfather's brother. His name was John Braley WATSON. He served with 19th Battalion DLI (Service No: 40396) during the Great War and died of wounds on 04/06/1918. Although I never knew him I pay tribute to his sacrifice here and think of him every day, he will always live on in my heart. Any info gratefully received.

Kairen Swinburne,, Braintree, Essex, 12/10/2010

we are trying to track down my wifes grandfather george william page. we think he servrd in the durhams from 1911-1920 and that he was at the somme.

edward boyle,, plymouth, devon, england, 05/10/2010

I am trying to trace any information with fererence to my Uncle his name was Thomas Mavin Thirlwell who died in the 1970's while I was away at sea. I'm led to beleive that a picture of him was donated to the DLI at Durham, if it is there I would like to see it again

richard thirlwell,, south witham, Nr. grantham, Lincolnshire. NG33 5QB, England, 27/09/2010

I am trying to locate any information about William Brankston M.M. Durham Light Infantry. My three great uncles were from Lanchester and were killed in the World War 1. They were Alex, James. and Henderson[MM] D.L.I 13 th. Battalion. They had another brother, the question is who. Can you help. Is it William?.

Darlington, Durham, England., 24/09/2010

This guy Paddy Gill was my hero. He served in Tobruk and Hell Fire Pass. He was also a Dessert Rat, serving in the DLI 8th regiment. He was only 19 when he enlisted, and my God he must have been terrified, but like all those brave people who fought for our country,he just got on with it. We dont always listen to what our parents tell us about the war, and the part they played in it. If I had of done so I would have been able to tell him what an amazing man he was. Dad I am and always will be so proud of you. Your daughter Edith xxx

Edith Gill,, Sunderland, England, 19/09/2010

In memory of my Grandad Edward (Ned) Noon who was in the 2nd battalion DLI. he died of consumption in 1936. God bless x

shirley smart,, waltham abbey, essex, England, 10/09/2010

In loving memory of Pvt George Bromley 21996 15th Battn D.L.I missing in action July 1916 remebered with all love Bob(geordie) Bromley

Spennymoor, Co:durham, 09/09/2010

my great uncle was pte David Cropper unit 8tn BN service no 4031588 killed in action 9th June 1944 at Tilly-sur-seulles he was in Durham light Infantry. If anyone has any information with regards to him or his unit i would be very greatful.

Debra McKenna,, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, 09/09/2010

584410 Cpl Prior was killed at Primosole Bridge 17th July 1943 serving with 6th DLI Husband of Joan E Prior,Smethwick Staffordshire.No photograph of the man but I do have a photo of his headstone in Catania War Cemetery.

Jim Tuckwell,, Sunderland, Old Co Durham, England, 08/09/2010

Does anyone have a photo or any information on Corporal Harry Percy Prior, who died in Palermo, Sicily in July 1943? I am his niece and would be grateful to receive any information available. Thanks

Thrapston, Northants, 07/09/2010

Does anyone have a photograph of pte.30101 Wilfrid McCrickard DLI. He enlisted at Ferryhill in Dec.1915,and was killed,missing in action on the Somme.I am lucky to have his army records,and the only thing missing is a photograph. Please help!

Doncaster, Yorks, UK, 20/08/2010

Joseph Wilfred Barker was my Grandad, and I am very pround of him God Bless, Denise Dingley

Denise Dingley,, Grimsby, N.E. Lincolnshire, England, 19/08/2010

We remember Private Wilfrid McCrickard 30101. Born in Eldon Co. Durham in 1894. The son of Elizabeth McCrickard. Enlisted Ferryhill December 1915. Joined the 23rd battalion before being sent to Atwick. He was transfered to the 19th Battalion before going to France and Flanders. We believe the 19th Battalion was a 'bantum' battalion. Wilfrid was only 5'1". He fought in either the 20th or 2nd battalion (The Somme). We are not sure which. We would be grateful if anyone could help us with this as there is some confusion. Wilfrid McCrickard was killed in action on 1st October 1916 aged 22yrs. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. May he rest in peace.

Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, 18/08/2010

God bless my Great Uncle Owen Sammon 1/8th battalion DLI (died of wounds 8th November 1915) and all the brave men who fought along side him. We've just been out to the Somme to visit his grave in Becourt-Becordel cemetry and the Butte de Warlencourt where the DLI fought like tigers. Anyone who has any information on the 1/8th or 6/8th as they were for a while - I would love to hear from them. We dream of finding a photo of Uncle Owen some day - so if anyone can help.

Mandy,, 17/08/2010

god bless you THOMAS WILLIAM JACKSON. pte 4453565 6th bn. D.L.I. killed on the 14/11/42 aged 22. on the ss scillan. although we never met you are my uncle,my fathers brother. you were a much loved son to fred and emily and a much loved brother to your brothers and sisters. thankyou and all soldiers who fought for our country. god bless you all.

jackie n tom george,, hull, east yorkshire, england, 17/08/2010

Anyone seen this site looks a good way to remember DLI soldiers of the period

Len, 06/08/2010

I have discovered a photo album that once belonged to my Grandfather, from when he served in India in 1946. He was from Durham, but I am unsure if this would have been the DLI? The only thing I can really understand is that he was part of 'D.Coy' and was in Meerut for Christmas 1946. There are many wonderful photographs, all with names written underneath - I would love to share these.

Eve , Somerset, England, 27/07/2010

my grandfather john edward storey was a prisoner of war out in burma he died of dysentry in june 1942 he is buried in singapore just to say how proud of him we are and his memory will live on through his family thank you to him and all those brave soldiers who gave there lives for there country

sunderland, tyne and wear, england, 21/07/2010

Hi. I'm looking for information on Edward Hunter, who served with 1/9th Battalion in WW1 He was my great grandfather. He died 1918 in France I think

Janice, Durham, Durham, England, 15/07/2010

I have just recently come across this site, and was wondering if anyone can help. I would be very interested to find out if there are any surviving members of the 16th Batt. DLI who fought in the action Sedjenane Tunisia. I am looking for any information about my uncle Pte. Valdemar Hessegar No. 4467071 who was KIA 4th March 1943, and is Commemorated at Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, believed buried as an unknown. I am also looking for any photo's of him, as the only one I have, is of him when he was about 8 yrs.old, my grandmother had a fire at her house, and she lost most of the photographs. As I am proud to have his Medals I would dearly love to get a photo of him. Thank you

David Jelfs,, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, 21/06/2010

I would like to hear from anyone who served with the DLI with George Williamson Keith between 1935 -1945. I am his eldest son and would like to learn more about my father as he died when in 1960, when I was 10-years of age.

David Keith,, Wallington, Surrey, United Kingdom, 16/06/2010

My husband and I have just returned from La Havre where my Grandfather Leonard Austin Retallack lies. He died of his wounds on the 15th October 1916. My Grandmother was expecting my Mam so she never knew her Father. Sadly she died in 2005 aged 88. We went for her and it was very moving. His grave was the only one we saw bearing the badge of the D.L.I. Made us very proud as both my husband's father and my father served in the D.L.I. My grandfather was 26 years old. I hope his soul is resting in peace. I wish I had known him., Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, 14/06/2010

I would like more Information about the 49th reverse of the Royal Field Artillary.


I am trying to find the 1939 company nominal rolls of the 9th DLI in which my grandfather was serving throughout the second world war. Can anyone help?

Bob Dixon,, Barnard Castle & Liverpool, 03/06/2010

To mark the 70th Anniversary. I would any Information about my Great Grandfather Robert Railton Faint Sisson and I was wondering if there is any photo's of him.

Middlesbrough, Cleveland, 01/06/2010

Today is the 70th Anniversary of a series of engagements in the Dunkirk Campaign in which many men from 70 Infantry Brigade (10th and 11th DLI Battalions) were killed or captured, together with the stand of 1st Tyneside Scottish - the remaining Battalion in the Brigade - (formerly 12th DLI) at Ficheux, which saw that Battalion decimated. Outgunned, and overwhelmed by superior forces, but never outmanned. Lest we forget.

John L Dixon,, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, 20/05/2010

Hi. I'm trying to find out some information on how and where my Great Uncle, Private George Whiteley 4457936 died. He served in the 10th battalion DLI. George was killed in the retreat to Dunkirk between 19th and 21st May 1940. He is buried in Boisleux-au-mont cemetery with a soilder from the Tyneside Scottish Black Watch. They are the only two WW2 soliders buried here. Any information would be gratefully received. Thank you so much!

Abi Daly,, 16/05/2010

in memory of my father george lowdon from newcastle upon tyne, served with the 11th bn light infantry.i also george served with the 3rd bn light infantry,both with honour and pride .god bless geordie.

george lowdon,, newcastle upon tyne, tyne/wear, england, 14/05/2010

I have found two medals awarded to 26092 Cpl. A.Higgins. One appears to be the peace medal the other is a star dated 1914-1915. Are there any relatives who would like these medals?.They have ribbons attached but are a bit scruffy.

john martin,, Haxey, N.Lincs, England, 06/05/2010

Hi. I am David Wallace and my late father served with the 7th Bn DLI during WW2. His name was Joseph Wallace 2046946. I can remember going to the first DLI club in Sunderland in the 1950's with its snooker tables and old record books and the new social club they built in the 1970's. l have tried to find a history of the 7th bn without success can anyone point me in the right direction.

David Wallace,, Sunderland, Old County Durham, England., 30/04/2010

I have an ID Tag that was found in a field at Arneke, Nth.France. it is engraved JW Price at the top and No:170436 in the middle, at the bottom is 53rd D. L. I. If anyone knows of this persons family I will happily return it to them

Ralph Holden,, Minster, Nr Ramsgate, Kent, England, 28/04/2010

In memory of my great grandfather, Nicholas Seaton who served with the 2nd Battalion DLI in WW1. He died of his wounds on 3 May 1915 at the 2nd battle of Ypres and is buried in the Strand Military Cemetry.

Mrs Dawn Fisher, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK, 18/04/2010

In memory of my uncle George Pauly who fell at Casino in Italy. Wish I had met you George. Mike Pauly

Michael Pauly, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 30/03/2010

In memory of my Great Uncle, John Riddell of Elsdon, Northumberland who was killed in action on 3rd December, 1917 aged 21. A member of the 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, his final day is recorded in the Battalion's War Diary. He is buried in Marcoing Cemetry, France and I will be there this year, tracing his footsteps and visiting his grave for the first time. A man I never knew because of War., Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, 24/03/2010

I served with the 1st battalion D.L.I.1956 -58 when we where in Aden on the Yemen boarder and when we was on standby Alan had to go a number for no2s and at the time I told that we were on standby but he could not wait Alan 04 had his hat shot off by a Yemeni sniper

23327536 Colston J.,, Truro, Cornwall, u/k, 20/03/2010

For 4457267 Cpl Gordon Gibson, 9 Bn DLI, killed at Catania, Sicily July 16 1943 - you are still very much in our thoughts. Any information or photograhs regarding the Bn in Sicily or Africa would be gratefully received and added to the growing family military archive.

Maj E Hutton-Fellowes RLC,, Formerly of Co. Durham., 17/03/2010

l'm trying to find out about my grandad,John William Richardson who served with the DLl during the 1914-18 war. l dont know if he enlisted at Bishop Auckland or Tottenham?,l would be grateful for any information, thanks.

Nick Richardson,, Bar Hill,, Cambridgeshire,CB23 8SD., England., 10/03/2010

Re: Pte Maurice Burrell,1913 - 1939/40.My grandfather fought with the 9th Btn DLI after leaving the coal mines of Durham in 1939. Killed in action Arras/Lille area late 1939 to early 1940. He was born in Winlaton where the family has been as far back as the history of the village. My father who was only 9 years old when his father marched off down Blaydon Bank. He was the the eldest of 4 children.Often he told me stories of what the 9th did during the reargaurd cover (infantrymen taking on panzer units) and sacrifices made to assist the Expeditionary Forces' retreat to Dunkirk. These stories were narated to him by those who were fortunate enough to return home. If true, the evacuated units owed much to the 9th and those other units involved in rearguard actions, the course of the war may have been completely diferent. I never met either of my grandfathers as my mothers father was also killed in action during 1942. Is there anyone out there who remembers my grandfather or fought along side him who could tell me what happened to him,where it was and what kind of soldier he was? I would also wish to know which medals he was awarded as none were passed down,they were stolen from my father in the early 1950s. It would be my legacy to my father and grandfather to have them replaced. My father died 12 years ago and I am an ex soldier myself who left the Army 19 years ago. I have began contacting old comrades of my own and often wish that the technology available to us could have been around for previous generations. My e-mail is or tel: 01904 423937.

Barney Burrell, , York, North Yorkshire, England, 08/03/2010

Kay your Grandfather Pte.E.Burton 4459083 was lost on the S.S.Scillin.

Brian Sims,, Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, UK, 03/03/2010

4459083 Pte Edward Burton 1st Durham Light Infantry confirmed on`Scillin` Casualty list aged 23 commemorated on Pnl 68 Alamein Memorial., Sunderland, Old County Durham, England, 01/03/2010

Hi I am Tracy Slater of the late Robert Slater my DAD and now I have A grandad to J.H Slater is my dads dad and I have just be given all the war medals and pic that is sad to see all this and I can do one thing for you grandad I can put the pic on the war image and you will not be (no image available ) know more) I love my dad so much and miss him and I will all ways love him thank you so much for having my dad he has give me so much and I will tell my 4 kids to all about your grandads. BY TRACY SLATER

tracy slater,, wallasey, merseyside, 01/03/2010

In memory of my grandfather Pte Edward Burton killed during WW2 - believed to have been on SS Scillin (Italian POW) sunk Nov 1942 by HMS Sahib. Looking for confirmation that he was on board this POW vessel

Kay McDowall, Ivybridge, Devon, UK, 26/02/2010

In memory of my great uncle Reginald E. de Blaby (2nd bn Royal Ulster Rifles seconded to 15 Platoon C Coy 6th Bn Durham Light Infantry) who was killed at Wadi Zigzaou (Mareth Line) on 23rd March 1943. Any memories or info. relating to him would be enormously appreciated., London, UK, 25/02/2010

R. W. Briggs from South Shields and serving in the 3rd Durham L I in 1915. We have a duty to keep remembering all these heroes. I'd like to know more about this man.

S. Cherry,, surrey, 12/02/2010

I would like to add my grand-father to the list of soldiers killed in action during WW1.His name was William Hazel,he was from the shotton colliery area.he was killed in France on 22/05/1917.He left a wife and young son.There is a war memorial in Durham with his name on it.He died saving his men.He was with the Royal Garrison Artillery.I would also like to find his wife`s side of family if any are still living,their surname is Pennington,any information on the Penningtons would be greatful., Thorne Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, 10/02/2010

My Tribute website to my uncle Cpl J W S Gibson who served with the DLI and was killed on June 14th 1944 is now live on the web,lots of familes whos relatives served between 1920-1946 have been in touch and they too are now featured.Anyone who has DLI relatives from the above time line who they would like featuring drop me a line any DLI related photographs or brief background history would be most helpful.Please drop me a line and I`ll send a web link by return.You never know your relative might already be featured!

Jim Tuckwell,, Sunderland, Durham, England, 07/02/2010

Edward Selby was my Grandfather on my Mother's side. He was a reserve in 1914 and left his job with the Sunderland and South Shields Water Board and was posted to India. I would love to know more about his WW1 service if possible. I am entering a writing competition with him as my subject.

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, 06/02/2010

In loving memory of my late father James Cox who seved in the DLI 1938-1945 dad was one of the lucky ones who returned home, married and raised a family. He died in 2006 aged 85. Rest in peace old soilder.

Anne Watson,, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, 04/02/2010

Work is underway to produce an accessible history of 70 Infantry Brigade 1939 - 1944, which included 10th, 11th and 12th DLI. 12th Battalion became 1st Tyneside Scottish on 1st February 1940, but remained in the Brigade. Brigade served in the BEF, up to Dunkirk evacuation, defended the Devon coast until Autumn 1940, garrisoned Iceland up to Christmas 1941, returned to the UK to train in Mountain Warfare, and then was part of 49th Division landing in Normandy in June 1944 - disbanding in Autumn 1944. Any readers with family connections or information - please get in touch. All help gratefully received.

John L Dixon,, BISHOP AUCKLAND, County Durham, UK, 02/02/2010

the picture of Koria thats my Dad John Edward Morgan

Alan Morgan,, willington, co durham, england, 18/01/2010

In memory of my uncle, Private Matthew Stapylton, 16th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action at Sedjenane, Tunisia, 1st/2nd March, 1943. Commemorated Medjez-el-Bab Memorial. Believed buried as an 'Unknown', Tabarka War Cemetery. 'Faithfull'

Chris Sheldon,, Leek, Staffordshire, UK, 12/01/2010

This is in memory of (Private James William Prior Harmison of the Durham Light Infantry 9th Bn service No:4464133 Who sadly lost his life on the 28/03/1945 aged 26yrs he is buried at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY grave53.G.11. Son of James and Fanny Harmison;husband of Margaret Harmison,of Ashington,Northumberland.If anyone has any information please contact me.(REST IN PEACE JWP)Linda Ashley/Maurice Ashley

Colin turnock,, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, 11/01/2010


In memory of my grandad David William Rodley, known as Dick, who served during WW2. He will forever be in my heart


In memory of my father, Thomas Henry Shillaker 4141 5th Battalion DLI, who served during the 1914-18 War. Tom was born on 16th September 1890 at Pontefract. After enlisting in October 1915, Tom was posted to France in March 1916. In October 1916, on the Somme Front, he was wounded with a gunshot wound in the back. In March 1917 he was again posted to France and in September of that year at Ypres he was wounded a second time, this time with a gunshot wound through the shoulder. Tom died on 10th May 1973.

Brian Shillaker, York, England, 13/12/2009

Hi Leighton, our dad was named after your uncle Myrddin. His name was Myrddin Glyndwr Jones, born in 1919.Our grandmother was Myrddin's sister, Eleanor Price. Please can you leave your e-mail contact. Thanks

Liverpool, Merseyside, England, 30/11/2009

Henry Edward Childs who died for his country in the battle of the Somme 1916, he was awarded the Miltary Medal. All soldiers who served deserved a Miltary Medal,the tragedy of thousands of lost lives of brave men suffering appauling conditions. God Bless them all...WE MUST NEVER EVER FORGET.

Marilyn, Sunderland, 27/11/2009

I have in my posession a sword, which beloged to Capt. J B Jobling who with the 1s Durham LI in South Africa in the Anglo-Boer War. 1892-1902(?).I would like to see it get back to family if there ia any!

Capt A J Sparrow (Rtd),, 22 Varley Road, Hayfields, PMB 3201, South Africa, 26/11/2009

Excellant site with lots of proud history. I am currently beginning to research information relating to my great uncle, James Kessy Buglass who was KIA at Rhodes on 19/10/1943 and served with 1st Batt DLI. If anyone can offer any information pease feel free to contact me on Many thanks and best wishes. Rob

Rob Phillips,, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 25/11/2009

Trying find lost relative RSM T.R.Chadwick DLI 1st Battalion and his wife Lillian any info would be greatly received.

Anthony Evans,, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21/11/2009

Private Joseph Hopps (Private 14583 Durham Light Infantry). In loving memory to a very brave Great Uncle, who died on the first day of the Somme 1914. Rest in Peace xx

Nicola Needham, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, 11/11/2009

My son is in the Rifles and went to Durham Cathedral on 05/11/09 (to learn infantry history). The DLI memorial page was open for the date 05/11/18 and he saw 2LT T.R. Applegarth (my sons surname) had been killed that day. He would love to hear any info on him. Thank you to all those that gave thier lives for our freedom and please watch over my son in forth coming active duty., Washington, Tyne and Wear, 10/11/2009

To the memeory of my grandfather Sargeant John William Kyle of the 8th Batallion, who was killed in the Battle of Arras in 1917. From his name on a war memorial I have been able to trace many members of our family and have discovered cousins I never knew I had. John may be gone but his memory lives on in his family.


I am searching for any information on my maternal grandfather Thomas Lane born in 1896who initially served as a Liieutenant with the Royal Irish Rifles in Cork and who returned to England after Irish Partition in 1921 to live in Spennymoor.I believe he then served as a Major in the DLI but have no detailed info on him after his marriage in 1923

Malcolm Trusler,, Steppingley, Bedfordshire, UK, 18/10/2009

R.I.P all those who fought for us. Thankyou <3

durham, durham, england, 16/10/2009

My Grandfather,Sgt Herbert William Cartledge, 2/9 Durham Light Infantry, Died 12.08.19 and is buried at Thessaloniki. I would be grateful for any information about 2/9 DLI and their time in Greece. (Division, Brigade, Actions etc.)

John Rimmer,, Bishop's Castle , Shropshire, UK, 06/10/2009

In loving memory of Capt P O Johnson 9th Bn DLI Killed 09/09/1943 Interred Bologna War Cemetery He will be remembered RIP I would like contact with anyone researching him, 05/10/2009

In memory of my dear Father William Chadwick Brooks-81899 -22nd Bn who was severly wounded & taken prisoner of war in front of Gernicourt on 27th May 1918 in the3rd battle of The Aisne.He died on 22nd August 1980 in Sheffield at the age of 81.

Lochcarron ,, Weste Ross, Scotland, 28/09/2009

I served under then Major Anot in Borneo during confrontation. I was the Majors signaller (co. net) as well as Intelligence rep. Major Arnot was the most respected and loved Coimpany Commander during my service. I shared his basha and made his meals and came to love him as a father figure. He had a terrific sense of humour and honour. Since leaving the service I always wondered what became of him and was devastated to learn that he died at such a young age. I have not yet learned the cause of his death and would be grateful for any info on this.

Guelph, ontario, canada, 24/09/2009

In memory of my dear husband Brian Chamberlain served in Korea, Egypt, Berlin. sadly missed by wife June, daughters Dawn and Debbie.

Darlington, Durham, England, 18/09/2009

In memory of my late father,Joseph [Little joe] Brannigan, -- Private "D Company" 9th bttn DLI, 1939-1942, Invalided out late 1941. Passed away July 12 th 1975, aged 55 years, If my dad had not been injured he would have been with Pvt.Adam Wakenshaw V.C. at Mersah Matruh, and I would not have been thanking, DLI, Royal British Legion , AND all members of DLI , WHO DID US PROUD. My late mother struggled with 4 chidren , and when dad died was awarded a War Widows Pension till she died in 1991,. come on the Devils Last Issue[ at 180 paces /minute]

CONSETT, Co Durham, United Kingdom, 17/09/2009

My paternal great grandfather, William McTear (private 12866) served in the DLI, 10th batallion in WWI. He was sadly killed in action on 23.09.17 (aged 29). He is buried at Cabin Hill cemetery in Belgium. This cemetery was apparently begun during the battle of Messines.I have just started my research to find out more about his life and if anyone knows anything about the involvement of the 10th battalion or any other information about my great granfather, please get in touch.

Kerry Wigg (nee McTear),, 15/09/2009

In loving memory of Captain P O Johnson BA 9th Bn DLI Killed in action 09/09/1943 interred Bologna War Cemetery - we owe you a debt of gratitude - any information/photos would be gratefully appreciated


In memory of my late Uncle, Alex Mutter, who as a boy was a pupil at the Queen Victoria School Dunblane.He then was a miner until war was declared where his fighting spirit took him to joing the DLI. His siblings are now long gone and it is my am to visit his grave at Cesena in Northern Italy where he was laid to rest in November 1944. I am very proud of a man from Winchburgh West Lothian who simply wanted to be a soldier and the DLI offered him this opportunity

Andrew Mutter,, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, 06/09/2009

My uncle John Quinn served 5th batt, DLI from 1915 He was killed in action 29-3-1918 age 23 yrs flanders France cant find much info about 5th battalion is there anyone who can help also ibeleive he got two medals

Lawrence Laing,, durham, durham, england, 21/08/2009

My paternal Grandfather was killid in France in 1917. He was with the 10th bat. DLI. His name was James Carrigan. He was awarded the Military Medal in January 1917 but unfortunately was killed in October of the same year. I would love to have any information on the 10th by way of bat. diaries or any other source.Thank you in anticipation, Brian Carrigan.

Brian Carrigan,, seaham, co. durham, england, 21/08/2009

I am eager to trace anyone who can give any details surrounding the death of my uncle at El Alamein, I have had the honour of visiting his grave and would like to know more.His details are Lance Corporal FREDERICK ERNEST HARRISON 1877013, 9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died age 22 on 27 June 1942

Mick Baker,, Bexleyheath, Kent, England, 21/08/2009

in memory of my g.g.uncles.firstly jimmy durham.,who is mentioned on this site.and also james ryan died 2.3.16 in ypres(0ne of three brothers who died in ww1) RIP, bradford, yorkshire, england, 21/08/2009

Reply to Cherry;- Albert Pearson 9DLI buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery.Charles Pearson 12thDLI no known grave commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Sunderland, 20/08/2009

I wouldlike to find the family of William Brankstone who was awarded the MM Medal in FRANCE 25-8-15 DURHAM LIGHT iNFANTRY N. 21610. My grandfher was a Brankton and hehad thre brothres who were in the DLI iN THE ww1 is thir a connection., Darlington, England, 18/08/2009

Can anyone help,Im am trying to find out the battallion my dad served in the DLI during WW2 i would like to claim his medals for my mum,but havent got his army number or his battalion,I know he drove supplies and was in africa and france,and also spent time on the guns at clapham common any help would be greatly appreciated as my dad died when i was young,and i never got the chance to talk to him about when and where he served.My dads name was Claude Bateman incase anyone remembers him

David Bateman,, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, 17/08/2009

In memory of my dear dad 'William Blackwood' who served with the DLI 9th army in ww2. If there is anyone that knew him I would love to hear from them. God bless all who served for their Country. Marilyn

Marilyn,, Sunderland, Durham, UK, 16/08/2009

Hi, I am trying to find out any information on my Great Grandfather John Callcutt, he was a private in the DLI and his unit number was 18492 he died as far as I am aware in 1916. I am also trying to find out if it possible to get either a copy or at least the wording from the letter that the king sent along with the widows penny that was sent when my great grandmother. No one in my family know anything about this. I now have the penny and very proud but it would be nice to have the letter too.

Linda,, Tyne and Wear, 11/08/2009

hi how would i find out if brothers died days apart? i have found my grandads uncle private albert pearson his unit text was "B" coy. 9th Bn his service number was 200379 he died on the 31/10/1917 I think his brother was charles and if this is right then he died 15/10/ 1917 just would like to know for sure as we would love to go over and pay our respects

cherry, doncaster, 10/08/2009

Trying to trace rcords of my wife's Grandfather, James Camm, who served with the DLI. All we know is that he was at Dunkirk, Tobruk and Kos. James was serioulsy injured at Tobruk. James was from Tipton in the West Midlands so he would have had a characteristic black country accent

Stuart Hands,, Walsall, West Midlands, England, 10/08/2009

I would like to ask if anyone has info regarding my great-uncle DAVID MYRDDIN PRICE Pte. 85395 15th Battalion DLI; ( formerly Pte.70076 Royal Welsh Fusiliers) Died 18th September 1918 - Western Front, & is listed at Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

Leighton R Price, Vindefontaine, Normandy, France, 08/08/2009

Sorry made a Typo error on last posting the person Concerned was of course Bernard Holmes MM 8th DLI and not Bowler ,who was the person the post was in respose too.Sorry, sunderland, Durham, England, 22/07/2009

Pte Bernard Bowler 8th DLI MM...Although under heavy fire he went to the assistance of some wounded men,dressed their wounds and then brought them out of danger,by leaving his own truck he risked being stranded in the enemies positions but calmly accepted this risk and in so doing saved the lives of several of his comrades who would otherwise have probably died of their wounds through lack of attention.

Jim Tuckwell,, Sunderland, Durham, England, 19/07/2009

I Certainly Thank My Great Great Grandad Edward Pickering For His Help In WW2.

Peterlee, County Durham, England, 18/07/2009

as we are becoming part of history PTE thomas harrington 24020833 b coy DLI 1966-1972 pl sgt hodge lt griffin

tr.harrington, 16/07/2009

hello i would like to know if any one remembers my grandad bernard holmes m.m. he servedin the Mersa M atruh war in 1942

liz bowler, barnsley, south yorkshire, england, 14/07/2009

Hello. I am writing on behalf of my 85 year old father, Roman Kunc (z), He was demobbed in England after serving in the Polish Army at Monte Casino. His corp were stationed at Morpeth and we recently visited the graves of some of his contemporaries in Morpeth. He would love to contact any of the Polish veterans were were there. Please contact him via my e-mail and I will pass the details on. Many thanks. Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson,, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, England, 16/06/2009

I would like to ask anyone for information regarding my great uncle William Wilkinson (18488) 13TH Bn who was killed in action 05/10/1918 info I have he is listed on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL and listed as the son of Mr H wilkinson of 42 Tennyson St Gateshead

Colin Ormston,, redcar, Cleveland, United Kingdom, 10/06/2009

I am interested in any information relating to my late Grandfather Albert Goddard. He served in the 6th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry during World War 2. I know that he served in the North Afrcian, Siciliy and French campaigns.I have a picture of him taken in Douet ,near Bayeux, on the 11/06/44. He is the soilder at the front of the picture carrying the Bren Gun.

Mark Goddard,, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 05/06/2009

I was wondering if any surviving members of the DLI remember my late grandmother's brother, Private Eddie Baker 5682586, (from Stoke Gabriel Devon) killed on 13 June 1944 aged 21 and buried at Tilly Sur Seulles near Bayeux. Thank you.

Lynn Thomas,, Sussex, 03/06/2009

i am looking for my relations KELL from Sherburn village/shadfroth they fought in the 1st 2nd world wars. im very keen to find out the decorations they recived. and any relitives that have moved away. thanks for looking. KEEP THEM IN YOUR HEARTS FOR EVER.GONE BUT NEVER FOR GET.


In memory of Robert Henry Webb. 1st Bn. The DLI. Served in UK, China, North Africa, Malta and Cos. Captured and interred in Stalag VIIA. Good friend of Spotty Martin. Died 1974 Steady the front rank !!!

Leonard Anthony Webb,, Durrington, Wiltshire, England, 14/05/2009

I am interested in any information relating to a Sgt John James Houghton of 1st/9th Bn D.L.I who is remembered with honour at Thiepval, Somme, France. He was klled on 16/09/1916. John James Houghton was born in Tanfield Moor in 1891 and was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. He enlisted into the DLI at Chopwell (then Co Durham) and is commemorated on the war memorial in Chopwell and at St Johns Church, Chopwell., Darlington, Co Durham, U.K., 17/04/2009

James Scarr, my grandfather was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the 16th of September 1916. His name is inscribed on the west face of the War Memorial in the village of Hamsterley Colliery, Co. Durham. and his name is also inscribed on the Thiepval War Memorial, Elba, Somme. (Scarr, James, b, Howden - le - Wear, enlisted, Chopwell (Hamsterley Colliery), 6107, Pte; k. in a; F. & F. 16/9/1916. I was informed that he was serving with the (1st) 6th Battalion at that time. I would be grateful for any information regarding surviving photgraphs of the Chopwell contingent of the DLI.

Don Morrison,, Fishburn, Durham, 27/03/2009

Looking for any information about Rifleman Robert Lightle service no. 42726 from 15 Ramsey Street, Stanley, Durham. Served Durham Light Infantry and then 1st/8th Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. Died 9th August 1917, buried at St. Omer's. France. Pictures/location of medals, any information gratefully received.

Steven Bell,, Preston, Lancashire, England, 23/03/2009

Peter John JEFFREYS was actually awarded a 2nd DSO in 1952. His first was awarded in 1945 for Burma along with an OBE for that theatre as well. He had previously held the MBE for service in the Middle East in 1943 however the actual date for this award has escaped my searches thus far.

Doug VP Hearns, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 11/03/2009

I'm trying to research my Grandfathers Military History I believe he started WWII in the DLI & may have transferred to the Green Howards ( would this have happened ? ) his name was John James Walters from Sunderland. I have his medals which are Africa Star, Italy Star, 39 - 45 Star, 39-45 Campaign & Defence medals any help would be greatly appreciated.

D.M. Walters,, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, 08/03/2009

Re Michael derwas goring Jones i believe he was the son of Francis eliza Caton and Henry owen Jones born circa 1866 either Melbourne or at the family estate Binnum Binnum Australia the christian names: Derwas is from his father's brother and Goring his mothers grandfather

Ruislip, Middlesex, UK, 06/03/2009

My grandfather was part of the 8th DLI _ I worte an article on him for the BBC see here I would be interested to know if any other relatives of soldiers (or even veterans) of the Primosole Bridge conflict had any other information or would like to correspond. Lest We Forget.

Matt Goodwin,, Beeston, Notts, England, 25/02/2009

has anyone any knowledge of Thomas bell small Counsellor especially any living relatives?He was a sgt.D L I in WW1 and then 2nd.Lieut. in Nthlnd.fusiliers.Awarded a Military Medal he died in December 1918 possibly as a P.O.W.He had home addresses in Jesmond and Gosforth.

peter o'donnell,, whickham, tyneside, england, 20/02/2009

In loving memory of my father, Sgt Albert (Spotty) Martin, 1st Btl DLI. Joined as a boy soldier in 1930 aged 15 years. Served in China, Egypt, Middle East (Tobruk, El Alemain),Malta, Kos (captured by the Germans and became a POW), Germany, Korea and Malasia. Always remembered with pride. Gan canny dad.

Dennis Martin,, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 15/02/2009

Would like to pay my respects to my great grandad James Walker born leadgate consett.Rank Private 22099 Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion. Killed in action 09/08/1915 France and Flanders. Have found some connection to the crater at Hooge. Cant even begin to think of what you must of gone through. Would love to eventually find a photo?

lisa cassidy,, consett, durham, england, 12/02/2009

trying to find out any info on my grandad charles william clingo served with dli in middle east ww2 he was from skelton in cleveland any in fo much appreciated thanks, middlesbrogh, uk, uk, 08/02/2009

I was wondering if any surviving members of the DLI may have remembered my father Charles Checkley. I know he served with the DLI during the second world war.

england, 26/01/2009

In loving memory of Pvt Dennis Reginald Cresswell service number 22621013. Killed 20/01/53 whilst serving with the UN in Korea 1 DLI. If anyone has information regarding my brother's period of service or has knowledge of his time in Korea I would be pleased to hear from you.

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 20/01/2009

I am trying to trace the movements of my grandfather who was caprured near Arras in May 1940 - not sure of the battallion he was with but would like to know where he was before he and a colleague were captured along with Capt. Martin. I am going to Arras this year and would like to know more about what happened during our rear-guard action there.

Steve Handy,, Warwick, UK, 17/01/2009

I'm so happy I can finally learn more about our familys' service history.I have served with the Reserve force & Regular force here in Canada.My dad & mum served with the RAF just after the war & my great grandad served with DLI Volunteer force. I am proud 2 carry &, wear, his "Long Service" Edward VII medal. I would like 2 commemorate this 2 him; 1324 Serjt.C.Hall 4th V.B. Durham L.I., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 16/01/2009

In memory of the late John Milburn,Sgt 54309 DLI. Gassed at the end of ww1. Died 1920 and buried Pennington Churchyard,Ulverston. Uncle and Gt Uncle. We as family are seeking any information whatsoever pse . Thank you.

geoff huddleston,, Ulverston, Cumbria, england, 04/01/2009


I'm trying to find out some information on my uncle Pte 15727 Thomas Haswell of the 14th Durham Light Infantry died on 22nd December 1915. He died in 10 Stationary Hospital St Omer France.

Anthony Haswell,, Seaham, Co Durham, United Kingdom, 22/12/2008

I am attempting to find information on My grandfather Major Claude Gorringe Killick who served with the DLI and was awarded the Sliver cross for valour. I would like to find any information on his service and where and why he recieved the medal, 06/12/2008

You mention that the DLI were reduced to one battalion in 1945 what happened to the 6/8/9 battalions? who were active up until 1968 when 6/8 DLI amalgamated and existed first as a battalion and then as a cadre until 1973

Ralph Harrison,, Sacriston, Durham, 04/12/2008

In memory of my Uncle,100202 Private George L Holliday 15th Battn. who was killed in action 7th October 1918.aged 25. Buried in Bois des Angles British cemetery. Left a wife, Elizabeth Jane, and baby daughter (Margaret Isabel) in Sunniside. would welcome any further details of how he died serving his country.

M. Holliday,, Poole, Dorset, U K, 02/12/2008

I am trying to find out about my Grandad his name is George Victor Slater a Private in 1/9th Battalion, DLI his army number was 7217. He was killed in action France & Flanders 5/11/1916 he was 28 and left a wife and 2 sons. His body was never found but he has a memorial onThiepval. Because he asked his best friend to look after his family, which he did in the best way, married her and raised the 2 sons like his own, I did not know I had another Grandad as he was alway the most loving, wonderful Grandad you could wish for. Sleep in peace all those who laiddown their lives for our tomorrows.

Linda Francis(nee Slater), Southampton, Hampshire, England, 26/11/2008

My Great Great Uncle Private Henry Murray, dies fighting with the DLI in approximately 6th July 1915 in Belgium. His service number is 1257. He is commemorated in the Kemmel Chateau Military cemetry. He was 22 and i wondered if anyone knew anything about him. I also want to pay my respects to all the DLI soldiers who died in the Great War.

Georgia Wilding,, 24/11/2008

This is to let you all know that my father James (Dusty) Henry Miller who served with the 2nd Battalion DLI for many years has recently passed away. He was with Captain Richard Annand at the River Dyle where the Captain won his VC. My father was captured and spent 5 years in Stalag VIIIb before escaping. He always had fond memories of his time with the DLI and of meeting his friends at reunions in later years. He passed away on the 25th September 2008 aged 98. He is dearly missed. James Henry Miller 23.10.1910 to 25.09.2008

Peter Miller, Burntwood, Staffs, England, 22/11/2008

My uncle Cpl J W S Gibson served pre-war in the 1st DLI in such places as Shanghi and Tientsin he was known to all as Bill or Billy. Transferred to The 6th DLI in Dec 43 My uncle was Killed in action on the 14/06/1944 at the attack on Verrieres. If any one who has any photographs or accounts of actions involving both the 1st and 6th battalions at this time a copy would be gratefully appreciated. Especially from anyone present at Verrieres on the 14/06/44., Sunderland, Old Durham County, England, 20/11/2008

my grandfather jack phillips served with the regiment on the somme in ww1, i believe he was either a sergeant or warrant officer. could anybody please give me any information about him

Terry Evans,, cardiff, south glamorgan, wales, 19/11/2008

We have just discovered my husbands great uncle William Jowsey 14th Battalion DLI. He died 18/09/1916 age 21 and is buried in Lesboeufs Guards Cemetery in France. He died during the Battle of the Somme we do not know the circumstances but we are extremely proud of his bravery and sacrifice so we can live in freedom and he will be in our thoughts for evermore.

Caroline A Jamieson,, Billingham, Durham, England, 19/11/2008

I would first like to pay my respect to all the brave men who fought for our freedom.Thank you to you all. I am looking to hear from anyone who can remember or who's farther or granfarther can remember or ever mentioned Major Viz Vizard. 16th DLI . I would love you to get in touch. I knew he kept in touch with all his commrades. Must be someone out there!

graham skilton,, 21/08/2008

Private John Coultas. 15th bn Durham light infantry, died 29th May 1918 81600

Michael Dean Coultas,, Otley, 21/08/2008

My uncle Cpl J W S Gibson served pre-war in the 1st DLI in such places as Shanghi and Tientsin he was known to all as Bill or Billy. Transferred to The 6th DLI in Dec 43 My uncle was Killed in action on the 14/06/1944 at the attack on Verrieres. If any one who has any photographs or accounts of actions involving both the 1st and 6th battalions at this time a copy would be gratefully appreciated. Especially from anyone present at Verrieres on the 14/06/44.

JIM TUCKWELL,, Sunderland, Durham, England, 21/08/2008

We recently found the the details of my wifes great uncle. Alexander stobbart,who served in the Durham LI during the Great War. Alex was born in Leadgate,Co Durham we believe in 1898,and joined the 1/8th. His service no was 2063 and he was killed in action on the 26th april 1915,on Flanders field.His body was not recovered and he is mentioned Menin Gate,Ypres.We would be most grateful for any information regarding Alex or the events around that day.

Keith Palin,, washington, 21/08/2008

In memory of Archibald Robert Thorburn son of John Archibald Thorburn (born in Durham)and my grandfather who faught for Britain in Ypres and whom was damaged by the first mustard gas poisoning.

Kym John Thorburn,, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 21/08/2008

In memory of my father's cousin, Sergeant Harold Birchenough of the 15th Battalion, D.L.I. who was killed in action in the 3rd Battle of the Aisne, Marne, on the 27th May 1918. He was 21. His body was never identified but I have recently discovered that the 15th were in the village of Cauroy De Hermonville on 27th May, in trenches under heavy fire and shelling from the Germans and there is a beautifully kept, peaceful cemetery by the War Graves Commission, with graves of other men from his battalion at the neighbouring village of Hermonville where he may be in the grave of an unknown soldier, of which there are a few. His medals and documents have now been placed in the war memorial at his home town of Leek, Staffs. to represent all young men who sacrificed their lives for us in all wars. We are very proud of them.

Jean Mellings,, Poole, Dorset, England, 21/08/2008

In loving memory of CPL Brian Fudge. 1943-1993. Served with the DLI 1961-68 then re-badged to the RE and served till 1984. Always remembered, never forgotten., Billingham, Teeside, UK, 21/08/2008

I was wondering if any surviving members of the DLI may have remembered my Grandfather Ernest Scarfe. I believe he may have served with the DLI during the second world war. Lest We Forget.

D Scarfe,, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK, 21/08/2008

I was wondering if any surviving members of the DLI may have remembered my Grandfather Ernest Scarfe. I believe he may have served with the DLI during the second world war. Lest We Forget.

Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK, 21/08/2008

CARR Anthony,L/Cpl - my maternal Great Uncle. His name is carved with, tragically, so many others on the Thiepval memorial and at Coxhoe memorial too. A beloved brother of Maggie George, Fred,Robert,Isabella and joseph Carr, Son of William and Mary Ann Carr. "Lions led by donkeys" an apt saying....?

Carol Rogan,, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, 21/08/2008

In loving memory of Stanley Hugh CLAYTON Private 4462065, 8th Battalion, DLI, born 15 May 1913 and died 29 November 1942 as a Prisoner of War in the Middle East, commemorated at Caserta War Cemetery, Italy. Although we never met, you will always be remembered. Rest In Peace.

Denise Jervis, 21/08/2008

In memory of a loving father.C/Sgt William [Billy] Wallace 1st Battalion DLI.Served in Egypt Berlin Hong Kong Cyprus Borneo.Fought his own brave battle with cancer.Passed away December 2005 aged 77.Sadly missed by wife Irene and Daughters Annette,Susan and Olwen.RIP.


Anyone who guarded spandau jail approx 1952 . My Dads name is BRIAN DOUGLAS LEACH from OXFORD.His memory isnt as good as it was ,so it would be good to give him any comments or messages.

Lorraine Knipe,, 21/08/2008