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Reply ★ Owner
7:01 PM on November 5, 2017 

Hello ,

Lets try again. From November 5th 2017 the book is active again . Lets see how it goes folks :)


Jim

Reply ★ Owner
7:32 AM on August 24, 2016 

Hello Everyone,

This is an important notice. The membership scheme on this site has been discontinued effective from 24 August 2016. I have tried all ways to stop the system being abused but it appears there are too many people out there who just want to use it for their own gain. The access to the photo albums will be resolved soon in the meanwhile may I welcome all `Genuine` visitors to my website. Thank you .

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
7:18 PM on August 21, 2016 

Hello Dennis Gates,

Your message tracing regiments in India 35/37 is a little cryptic? The email you sent is also a little baffling as you give a different time period of India 1937/39?.

 

Sorry the DLI left India in 1937 for the Sudan so the photos I have are outside of your timeline of 1937/39. I am sorry but I cannot supply copies of photographs on the website (Copyright). The photographs remain the property of the donor . If you would like to post an appeal on the Guestbook then please feel free.

Thanks

Jim

 

Jim

Reply Dennis Gates
6:00 PM on August 21, 2016 

Tracing Regiments in India in1935/7

Reply David Blanchard
1:06 PM on April 17, 2016 

Hello,

My mam's cousin Fred Soulsby was killed with the 8 DLI on 18 July 1943 and buried at Catania CWGC.


I have a photograph of him in uniform.


Regards


David Blanchard

Reply Alex Colligan
10:09 PM on March 28, 2016 

Hi  I am looking for any information on my father Frederick Arthur Colligan service No.4451165. I have looked on the DLI site but nothing came up.He enlisted on the 3/11/1934 and served in the Sedan in 1937,China 1937-1940,Egypt,Malta and Kos 1940-1944 then went home where he was posted to Inverness Scotland.

He was a Bren gun Carrier driver.

I do have some photo's

He died in 1985 in South Australia.

Thanking You 

Alex Colligan

Adelaide,South Australia

Reply ★ Owner
10:10 AM on March 21, 2016 

lindsey evans-Hunter says...

Hi I believe my father Leonard Corker DOB 2.12.1920, served in the DLI ,his number is 4279715 .I would appreciate any information you may be able to find out about his service . I know he was in Ireland and Germany , and was a feeder on the machine guns and also a cook ! Many thanks ,Lindsey .Adelaide South Australia

Hello Lindsey,

Thank you for posting on the Guestbook regarding your father . I will of course see if I can find anything on your fathers service however his full service record is still held by the Ministry of Defence details of which can be found here;-

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

Can I ask if you have any timescale for his service in Ireland and Germany? The reason I ask is being born in 1920 your dad would need to be 18 for overseas service (around 1938) At this time 1st DLI were in China and 2nd DLI were returning to Woking England from the Sudan? The DLI had two regular battalions which I don't think the DLI ever went to Ireland as a unit from 1938-46? The only DLI battalions in Germany at this time were the 9th DLI (TA) who were there in 1944-46. The 16th DLI did spend a little time in Austria in 1945?

The memories of him being a loader on a machine gun may be a reference to acting as a No2 on a Bren Gun (Std infantry machine gun) . The 1st DLI for a time at Blackdown in Surrey were converted to a machine gun battalion but were stripped of their guns and reverted to their Infantry roll prior to their move to China in 1937.

Coincidently your dads number is not a DLI number but shows enlistment into the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (who were Machine Gun Infantry) so the recollections could relate to his time with them? I will see if I can find a mention of him in the transfer books when I visit Durham .I noticed he was born in Runcorn, Cheshire ? The 2nd Cheshire Regt provided machine gun support for 50th Division including 6th/8th and 9th DLI?

Best Wishes

Jim Tuckwell

Reply lindsey evans-Hunter
7:00 AM on March 21, 2016 

Hi I believe my father Leonard Corker DOB 2.12.1920, served in the DLI ,his number is 4279715 .I would appreciate any information you may be able to find out about his service . I know he was in Ireland and Germany , and was a feeder on the machine guns and also a cook ! Many thanks ,Lindsey .Adelaide South Australia

Reply Martin Grimshaw
8:21 AM on February 2, 2016 

Dear Sir

I wonder if you can help me trace my father's WWII Service Record?

Name: John (Jack) Grimshaw

DOB: 2 Sept 1917

- I believe he served in either 6th /8th or 9th Battalion of DLI.

- I recall him speaking in detail of the Western Desert, 8th Army (Desert Rats), El Alamein, Tobruck, Marath, Mersah Metruh. Also about D day Landings and Monte Cassino.

- We have a photo of him on the Town Majors Staff in Palestein (towards the end of the war) where he was recuperating after being wounded in action. He is wearing a Tam O' Shanter, which I thought strange but I have since seen a picture of a DLI soldier wearing same.

- I served in the Army for 28 Years and I want to honour his service by framing his pic and medals (which I have) along with his Service Record if it can be traced.

Thank you in advance for your help

 

Martin Grimshaw

Reply trev
11:02 AM on January 23, 2016 

I believe my uncle Leonard Cheney signed on at Barnard castle in 1939/1940. unfortunately most of his papers he carried in his wallet were stolen while on a trip to France in the70s. I think he did guard duties at Staithes/Skinningrove early on in the war then went onto North Africa ,then Italy.

Reply ★ Owner
6:29 PM on January 12, 2016 

Hello ,

Thanks for the support hopefully the damage will be rectified soon you may find a few photos disappearing don't worry they will be back soon :)

I have noticed someone is searching the site for information on a Pte Barnfather who was killed in 1943?? I have had no direct enquiry but thought I would pre-empt any enquiry.

4443439 Pte Fenwick Henry Barnfather enlisted in the Territorial Army on the 8th April 1924 initially for 4 years. He was aged 20 years and 46 days on enlistment joining the 8th DLI at Birtley where he lived and worked as a miner. L/Cpl Barnfather was born in Amble Northumberland. He subsequently signed on for further periods on the 19th April 1933 and 20th April 1939. The next of Kin was his mother Ellen Barnfather of 16 Castle Street, Fatfield Co Durham he was killed in Action on the 02/12/1943 whilst attached to The 11th Graves Registration unit he was reburied in Sangro River Cemetery on 15th May 1944 from his field grave. He rests today Section XIV Row. C Grave. 44..

Just noticed I have many random requests for membership to this site please use one of the contact emails on the `Home Page` to drop me a line outlining your interest in the site or in the DLI. No application will be authorised otherwise Sorry This is to halt the issues we currently have for more details see both my post Dec 6th and more recent ones below. The membership issue is something which the site servers/hosts implemented its not my creation and has, unfortunately, been abused in the past .Not any more

Thanks

Jim

Reply Patrick
12:59 PM on January 12, 2016 

I would just like to echo the sentiments below. The bloke who runs this site does it in his own time, uses his own money and is ALWAYS willing to try to help any DLI related query . To all who wish to dishonour this site with their plagiarism Please do`nt ! Go elsewhere and leave this site as a memorial to a brave generation of brothers, son`s fathers and Grandfathers and  all other  `Durhams` who are remembered here.

Pat

Reply Dennis Martin
6:02 PM on January 7, 2016 

It is an absolute disgrace, that this site, dedicated to the memory of all those who served in this fine regiment, should be disrespected in such a way. Shame!

Reply ★ Owner
3:33 PM on January 5, 2016 

+++Important Information+++

Due to unscrupulous persons attempting to profit from others work and using the memories of brave men for personal gain the section "Those Who Proudly Served" has been restricted to members only. This is hopefully a temporary measure until I can right the damage these people have done.Sorry.

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
7:53 PM on December 31, 2015 

Happy New Year to All :)

Jim

 

Reply ★ Owner
5:28 PM on December 15, 2015 

Bridget van de Pol says...

Good afternoon,

I am looking for information on John Barry Carroll, a private in the Durham Light Infantry 1st battalion. He died on 15th July 1946 in the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Whickham. He is listed as being an electrician.

His service number was 4458691.

I have found his grave and have the photo of his headstone. I wondered whether you have any further information on the 1st battalion? He most probably died due to injuries sustained during the war?

he was born in 1918 and was 28 when he died.

kind regards,

Bridget van de Pol

Hello Bridget,

Reply also sent via email

Thank you for posting on my guestbook in respect of Pte John Barry Carroll (Son of John and Ethel Carroll; husband of Ellen Carroll, of Hutton Henry) who died 15th July 1946. As you are aware he died at `Home` (England) but were you aware that he was a returned Prisoner of War ? John it would appear was first reported `Missing` in the Middle East the Sunderland Echo published a notice in its pages on 20/1/42, page 4: 'Pte John Barry Carroll (aged 24), DLI, 4 Elstob Place, reported missing, believed drowned.'. The `believed drowned` is a mystery to me but never the less it was unfounded and John was very much alive .

Prisoners of war often filled in copies of a repatriation report on it they list place of capture ,if wounded at the time and camps they were imprisoned in. If John filled one of these out I do not know some did but there was no compulsory order to do so, if he did it will be held at the National Archives in London.

What I do know is John was held in 1945 in Stalag 344 he was given the Prisoner of War number 266635 by the Germans. These numbers provide no real guide to a date of capture however a broad range would be 42-43 another DLI man Pte Albert Scratcherd was captured on Kos in October 1943 his PoW number was 266608.

Stalag 344 was the latter name for Stalag VIII B which was situated at Lamsdorf .This was a huge camp whose inmates were involved in the so named `Death Marches` as the Allies advanced into Germany. In January 1945, , many of the inmates were force marched westward in groups of 200- 300. Many of them died from the bitter cold as well as exhaustion. The luckier fitter ones got far enough to the west to be eventually liberated by the Americans. The unlucky ones to fall behind were liberated by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to their Western Allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months. Many of them were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 through the port of Odessa.

I am sorry I do not have a copy of the Echo article which I believe may also have had a small photo of John? 

 If I can find out anything specific in relation to John I will of course send it on .Likewise if you manage to unearth a photograph of John I would very much appreciate a scanned copy for use on my website? I hope this information is of interest to you.

Best wishes

Jim

Reply Bridget van de Pol
10:21 AM on December 15, 2015 

Good afternoon,

I am looking for information on John Barry Carroll, a private in the Durham Light Infantry 1st battalion. He died on 15th July 1946 in the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Whickham. He is listed as being an electrician.

His service number was 4458691.

I have found his grave and have the photo of his headstone. I wondered whether you have any further information on the 1st battalion? He most probably died due to injuries sustained during the war?


he was born in 1918 and was 28 when he died.


kind regards,


Bridget van de Pol

Reply *
7:22 AM on December 7, 2015 

Sir,

The document referred to as a Q80 Form in respect of Pte Corkhill may have the official title of

MI9 /INT / Q /80

The /80 being a handwritten reference to the standard form

 

Good luck :)

Reply ★ Owner
9:57 AM on November 30, 2015 

Hello Richard,

I have been to the Records Office this morning unfortunately what I found doesn't help with either his cause of death or it this was your man who was eaten by a shark in the Red Sea. The record held at Durham states William Pirie enlisted on July 25/07/1924 initially for a period of seven and a half years He enlisted in Hull aged 19 years and 212 days, he had worked as a clerk on Humberside. William Pirie was born at St Georges, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. The next of kin is listed as his sister Mrs Catherine Gibson of 37 South Wellington Street,Glasgow.He is recorded to have `Died`, there are then three dates 7th Sept.10th Sept and 11th Sept what this means I do not know it also states `Home` which being on the Brookwood Memorial is impossible. It leaves even more questions I`m afraid.

Best Wishes

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
4:39 PM on November 26, 2015 

Richard says...

Can anyone assist me with the cicumstances and location of the death of CSM William Pirie of the DLI, who died on 10 Sep 1945 and is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial?

Does anyone have information about which Battalion he served in?

Thanks

Richard

Hello Richard,

I will try and find out how William died .He was mentioned in despatches announced in the London Gazette in November 1945 whilst still with the 1st Durham Light Infantry He enlisted in the DLI in 1923 (Nos 4443001 - 4444000, fall within the enlistment period May - October 1923 ) promoted Cpl on the 29th December 1929 and L/Sgt 2nd June 1936. Can I ask what your interest is in William Pirie? A relative perhaps?

Jim

Reply Richard
8:27 AM on November 26, 2015 

Can anyone assist me with the cicumstances and location of the death of CSM William Pirie of the DLI, who died on 10 Sep 1945 and is commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial?

Does anyone have information about which Battalion he served in?

Thanks

Richard

Reply ★ Owner
5:06 AM on November 1, 2015 

Hello Sarah.

Your Gt Grandfather had the army number: 3650052 this indicates that his original unit on the date he joined was: "The Prince of Wales Volunteers` (South Lancashire Regiment) he transferred to the DLI at some time (The date I do not have as his service records are still held by the MoD although they do supply them to relatives at a cost of £30)

John Jones was killed on 2nd November 1942 in total 34 men from the 6th DLI died that day in what was known as Operation SUPERCHARGE part of the Battle for El Alamein. The battalion moved at 0345pm on November 1st 1942 to Tel El Eisa Station where they were given a hot meal. It was still a seven mile march to the start line past the New Zealanders Artillery which was preparing to light up the night sky with a terrific bombardment in support of the attack. The battalion reached the start line at 2200hrs got into their battle formations and waited for Zero hour .The men were dressed in Khaki Shorts ,shirts and jumpers which did little to keep out the cold desert night,sleep was almost impossible the waiting for a great battle such as this to begin brought home to many the reality that a lot of them would not be coming home from this. A rum ration was issued at Midnight 40 minutes later at 00;40 hrs the men stood up,buckled on their equipment and fixed their bayonets to their rifles in total silence the men moved forward into the darkness it was 0055hrs behind them the Artillery lit up the Horizon the shells crept forward with the men advancing close behind .... I cannot tell you how John was killed there were many actions that day and the battle is well recorded in the History books. Before Alamein Britain had never had a Victory after Alamein we never had a defeat in England the Church Bells rang out for the First time since War was declared as the Victory was celebrated.

3650052 Pte J Jones (aged 32) Son of John and Nance Jones; husband of Evelyn Louise Jones, of Penrhiwceiber, Glamorgan was a part of that Victory although his body was never found/identified he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial Column 69 (featured on the section `Their Guns now Silent` section. I hope this helps with your understanding of Johns time with the Durhams unfortunately thats all I can tell you at this time. If you come across a photo of John please scan it and forward on a copy so I can add another `DURHAM` to the website.

Best Wishes

Jim

Reply Sarah Williams
6:34 PM on October 30, 2015 

Further information on my recent post.  My great grandfather's records show his parents are from Penrhiwceiber in the South Wales Valleys and his daughter (my grandmother) was born in Weston Super Mare. So I cant see any connection with Durham

Reply Sarah Williams
6:28 PM on October 30, 2015 

Hi

My great grandfather, Pte John Jones, served under the 6th Battalion and unfortunately died on 2nd November 1942 and is recognised on the Alamein Memorial. He died with 17 others of his infantry. I don't know a lot about my great grandfather as he died when my grandmother Patricia was only two. My grandmother and also my father died young. I'm trying to collect some information about Pte John Jones and I'm confused how he came to be with this infantry.  His comrades all seem to be from the Durham/Lancashire area.  Would you be able to provide me with any information of his involvement with the infantry and WW2.  I would like to pass this information on to future generations.  Many thanks

Reply ★ Owner
6:38 PM on October 24, 2015 

Hello Eddie,

Unfortunately a list of names is not enough to find information. If you wish you can forward a scan of the photo via the emails on the home page or if you have any other details on these men there may be something relevant I could find. You gave your Uncles number from that alone I can tell you he enlisted originally in the Green Howards? Service records are still with the MoD and they charge for copies/

Best

Jim

Reply Eddie Jonas
6:15 AM on October 23, 2015 

Hi My uncle Syd served with DLI in Burma in WW2. I have a photo of him with his pals E Wlikinson - Cornsay T Maddison -Washington - Syd Jonas -Washington (4408701) R Lancaster -Spennymoor and H Young- Blackhall  Any info on these guys pleased?

Reply ★ Owner
8:09 AM on September 25, 2015 

Ebola Walker says...

hi I am looking for any information on my Great Grandfather Pte Percy William Keates born 1919 and he served with the DLI he was captured at Dunkirk and taken to untermassfeld prison, his soldier number is 4454220 and his POW Number is 20161, this is all of the info I have on him as my grandma was adopted and knew nothing about him thank you ��

Hello Enola,

I have seen the posts around the internet on Percy William Keates and cannot add anything to help your search.:)

The MoD still hold his service records with next of kin etc but they will charge you for copies.In respect of service his DLI number 4454220 gives an enlistment date/period of 1938-1939 probably the latter. Very few DLI soldiers were captured actually at Dunkirk its a common term and the likelihood is he was captured between May 10th and June 1940 in one of the actions leading up to the withdrawal.

Likewise the Untermassfeld Prison comes from the 1945 list so it is quite possible that he was held at others between 1940-45. Returning Prisoners filled out questionaires (Not all bothered) these are held at the National Archives they detail capture and camps held so an enquiry there might help?

The DLI had 2nd/6th/8th/9th/10th and 11th battalions in France in 1940 so he could have been with any of these I will look for a mention however Ordinary Ranks are seldom mentioned in Diaries etc so we may be disappointed .

Jim

Reply Ebola Walker
5:57 PM on September 24, 2015 

hi I am looking for any information on my Great Grandfather Pte Percy William Keates born 1919 and he served with the DLI he was captured at Dunkirk and taken to untermassfeld prison, his soldier number is 4454220 and his POW Number is 20161, this is all of the info I have on him as my grandma was adopted and knew nothing about him thank you ��

Reply ★ Owner
7:41 AM on September 11, 2015 

Ian Imray says...

Re Pte 4463195 HM Humphrey, killed Kohime 19 4 1944. I have photo of actual grave if you would like it. I am married to his wifes daughter and any info would be appreciated.

Hello Ian,

I have sent you an email with attachments which I hope will be of interest?

Pte Harry Monte Humphrey was the son of James and Emily Humphrey; husband of Jean Humphrey, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.Harry joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1940 his number 4463195 features in the allocated block for this year was book 27 (1940) which covered numbers 4462285 -4463284,Following his training Harry was posted to the 2nd Durham Light Infantry who were destined for the Far East (The only DLI battalion in this theatre of war). He was listed as having died on April 19th 1944 a day on which `B` Company 2 DLI went on the offensive and lost (officially seven men?) six men dead . Although Harry is at rest today At Kohima War Cemetery he was originally buried on the battlefield cemetery of Terrace Hill (Kohima)

Best Wishes

Jim

Reply Ian Imray
12:15 AM on September 10, 2015 

Re Pte 4463195 HM Humphrey, killed Kohime 19 4 1944. I have photo of actual grave if you would like it. I am married to his wifes daughter and any info would be appreciated.

Reply ★ Owner
5:41 AM on July 30, 2015 

[Gillan Bell]

Hello Gillian,

I never considered it might be a PoW number to be honest? In regard to further research and advice I`m afraid all I can do is recommend joining an online forum such as WW2TALK and asking the questions there regarding the RA.

Normally I would recommend applying for service records but as you state you are selling the items on I doubt it would be financially viable?

In regard to Razmak and Bombay these were well known postings for the British Army throughout the centuries up until 1946-47 so he may have served at anytime.Theres no direct link to the DLI that I can identify and as I only deal with the DLI 1920-46 (ish) I cannot justify spending  time on other units or other time frames ,sorry but  I have to concentrate on these lads first and foremost .

Best of Luck in your research

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
6:31 PM on July 28, 2015 

John says...

Hi,

I have seen this photograph of Sep Chisolm somewhere in the past at my Fathers, thanks very much for the information.

Regards,

 

John

 

Hello John,

Glad it was the right one:) If you come across any DLI photos related to your Dad Please send some copies for the site .I`d love to add him to the site

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
6:27 PM on July 28, 2015 

S burke says...

Good to see my late dad on here 

Thank you

 

Hello,

Glad he`s mentioned. I know there`s at least two soldiers with the same surname on the site, is he one of these? Or someone else:)

Jim

Reply S burke
11:25 AM on July 20, 2015 

Good to see my late dad on here 

Thank you

Reply Gillan Bell
10:30 AM on July 20, 2015 

Hi Jim. Many thanks for the quick reply on this . I really appreciate it. 

Finding out that I'm dealing with TWO servicemen may explain why I've been in such a tangle with all of this. 

Since reading your reply I have come to the conclusion that the 11707 Dean may very well be '11707 Dean Street. Huntley  - Illinois - USA' . It may explain the large 'Miller' branded lock attached to the canvas bag that reads Made in USA on the rear. Suggesting it may be a ex British serviceman (Hence being in this country) or infact an American trooper who had emigrated within the U.K. I will have to start from scrach with that one.  Initially I thought it could possibly be a POW number, yet no luck.

As for the Lieutenant J Dean RA - (Bolingbroke Drill Halss South Shields) - You don't happen to know where I would be able to find any further details on this?  As to year of service / regiment etc. 

Would I be correct in saying that the suitcase with labels Raskmak & Bombay would suggest that he may have fought alongside the DLI on their tour of India (similar time) with the 274 Northumbrian Field Regiment RA ?

I would be happy to send a few photographs to you should you care to see.  I understand you have a busy schedule and may not have time. 

- I'm in the buying and selling trade and looking to pass these item on with as much detail as possible.  :) I gathered this would be the best place for local history.

All the best. Gillan




durhamlightinfantry says...

Hello Gillian,

It appears you have TWO servicemen`s belongings Lieutenant J Dean and 11707 Dean. Lieutenant J Dean is Royal Artillery denoted by RA on the label. Bolingbroke Drill Hall closed in 1967 at that time it was home to Q Field Battery 274 Field Regt (TA) Royal Artillery and a detachment of REME.

The number 11707 is not a number used between the wars for other ranks .He does not appear on any DLI roll that I`m aware of.Sorry

Jim

Reply John
9:13 AM on July 20, 2015 

Hi,

I have seen this photograph of Sep Chisolm somewhere in the past at my Fathers, thanks very much for the information.

Regards,

 

John

Reply John
9:11 AM on July 20, 2015 

John says...

H i, I am looking for information on my late father, John George Holmes, he served with the 1st DLI on Kos and then through Italy up to the end of the war. He often talked about a friend called Sep Chisolm, who i believe was from Stanley area.

Reply ★ Owner
5:56 AM on July 19, 2015 

Shirley Moult says...

Hello,

I believe "Durham no:34" is Thomas Old, born in Sunderland 15/03/1921

Kind Regards

Shirley

Shirley,

Thank you so much for identifying him,If I can find out a little of his service I will move `Thomas` to the `Who Proudlyserved` section.Brilliant!

Best Wishes

Jim

Reply Shirley Moult
8:48 PM on July 18, 2015 

Hello,

I believe "Durham no:34" is Thomas Old, born in Sunderland 15/03/1921

Kind Regards

Shirley

Reply ★ Owner
7:35 PM on July 18, 2015 

Hello Gillian,

It appears you have TWO servicemen`s belongings Lieutenant J Dean and 11707 Dean. Lieutenant J Dean is Royal Artillery denoted by RA on the label. Bolingbroke Drill Hall closed in 1967 at that time it was home to Q Field Battery 274 Field Regt (TA) Royal Artillery and a detachment of REME.

The number 11707 is not a number used between the wars for other ranks .He does not appear on any DLI roll that I`m aware of.Sorry

Jim

Reply Gillan Bell
4:19 PM on July 18, 2015 
Hello all. I was wondering if anyone could possibly help me on a few items I have acquired. I was told they were WW1 items , although further research tells me they may in fact be between the wars . The ex serviceman in question goes by the name of J. Dean. I have a tag attached to a canvas and leather sack reading J. Dean RA. Bolingbroke St. Drill Halls . South Shields . - believed to be where his 'digs/ training' was . Another bag has the address of 36 Powburn Gardens which is Fenham .Newcastle upon Tyne . Could this be a home address ? The other items in question include a large canvas and leather suitcase filled with kit bag, wash bag ( shaving ), tent ,canvas and leather sack with large Miller lock, leather holdall and his original bedding ( mattress ) with brown canvas covering and what looks like wooden leg supports ? Or a chair of some sort . The suitcase has many stickers . London/ Southampton and two that stood out Razmak and Bombay. There is another also a sticker that reads J Dean Lieutenant and a paper label reading 11707 Dean R.W No.2 Platoon A-Coy. ( I'm yet to have any luck Googling this ) . I was wondering if you could help me with any further information . Could he have been part of the DLI that toured India / Rasmak between the wars ? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time . All the best . Gillan Bell.
Reply ★ Owner
12:18 PM on June 20, 2015 

Adrian Waterworth says...

Thought you might be interested to know a little footnote to the death of Sgt Herbert 'Peb' Waterworth (6 DLI, killed with BEF in May 1940). Peb was one of several brothers who were in the army - three of them in the DLI, Herbert, Hughie and Ned. All were sergeants I believe. During the evacuation to Dunkirk, Peb was killed, Hughie was captured and Ned got away (or may have been posted elsehwere at the time - I'm not sure). Anyway, since Hughie and Peb were both Sgt H Waterworth, the War Office got them mixed up and, for a while, the family believed that it was Hughie who had died and Peb who had been captured.  The mistake was only corrected later - after a couple of years if I remember rightly.

Hello Adrian,

Many thanks for the additional information regarding the `Waterworth`s` I have checked the Prisoner of war records and there are no Waterworth`s listed in 1945. However I have found a 4449628 Pte H Waterworth, Pow number 7274 held at Stalag XXIA captured at St Venant (wounded) with the 2nd Durham Light Infantry on May 28th 1940. He was repatriated due to wounds back to the UK before the end of the War. Could this be one of the brothers?

Best Wishes

Jim

Reply Adrian Waterworth
5:46 AM on June 20, 2015 

Thought you might be interested to know a little footnote to the death of Sgt Herbert 'Peb' Waterworth (6 DLI, killed with BEF in May 1940). Peb was one of several brothers who were in the army - three of them in the DLI, Herbert, Hughie and Ned. All were sergeants I believe. During the evacuation to Dunkirk, Peb was killed, Hughie was captured and Ned got away (or may have been posted elsehwere at the time - I'm not sure). Anyway, since Hughie and Peb were both Sgt H Waterworth, the War Office got them mixed up and, for a while, the family believed that it was Hughie who had died and Peb who had been captured.  The mistake was only corrected later - after a couple of years if I remember rightly.

Reply David Hyndman
1:06 AM on June 7, 2015 

Jim, 

thank you so much for doing this for me. I will continue to investigate and let you know the outcome.

Kind Regards

Reply ★ Owner
7:48 PM on June 6, 2015 

David Hyndman says...

Hi,

I hope you can help me please? I am looking for any information you may have on my grandfather. His name was William Hyndman 14385856, and was a PoW during WWII, held at Stalag XIIIA. 

He never discussed his time in Service with the family and I was very young when he passed.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Regards

 

Hello David,

Your grandfather is listed as follows with a different camp from the one you have mentioned although the men stayed in various camps throughout their captivity;-

Name:

W Hyndman

Rank:

Private

Army Number:

14385856

Regiment:

Durham Light Infantry

POW Number:

80707

Camp Type:

Stalag

Camp Number:

IV-G

Camp Location:

Oschatz, Saxony

Record Office:

Infantry and Army Educational Corps Record Office, York

Record Office Number:

20

At the end of the war Prisoners were given the opportunity to complete `Liberation Questionaires` these are at the National Archives and contain Battalion/Capture/Camps etc.

Your Grandfathers service records are with the MoD and can be applied for via the `Veterans Agency Website`

The Red Cross also hold PoW information however this will not be available online until late 2015-16.

Your Grandfathers number is a GSC issue meaning he joined the DLI after his basic training.

Jim

Reply ★ Owner
8:11 AM on June 6, 2015 

David Caush says...

Hi

My uncle Albert Caush was killed during the ELAS campaign, you his name down as Alfred. I'm also curious as to why you have his name in red, is their any significance?

 

Hello David,

Sorry about the mistake in his name its now rectified. No significance attached to the red lettering its just the title/heading on that particular page.

Jim

Reply David Hyndman
5:00 AM on June 6, 2015 

Hi,

I hope you can help me please? I am looking for any information you may have on my grandfather. His name was William Hyndman 14385856, and was a PoW during WWII, held at Stalag XIIIA. 

He never discussed his time in Service with the family and I was very young when he passed.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Regards


Reply David Caush
2:37 AM on June 6, 2015 

Hi

My uncle Albert Caush was killed during the ELAS campaign, you his name down as Alfred. I'm also curious as to why you have his name in red, is their any significance?

Reply ★ Owner
6:35 PM on May 26, 2015 

Martin Lowe says...

Sir I am looking for any information on L F Thorn Cof E service number 376264 of the Durham Light Infantry. As some of this persons have come into my possesion.  Thank You Martin Lowe

 

Hello Martin,

I`m sorry to say that Pte Thorn served in WW1 not between 1920-46 as such I am unable to provide any information other than his name was Louis F Thorn he enlisted 3rd June 1916 discharged due to total disability 22 January 1918.Served 27th DLI but not overseas entitled to Silver Wound badge. Outside of my timeline I`m afraid.

Jim

Reply Martin Lowe
10:56 AM on May 26, 2015 

Sir I am looking for any information on L F Thorn Cof E service number 376264 of the Durham Light Infantry. As some of this persons have come into my possesion.  Thank You Martin Lowe