TOUR AT HOME OF DUTIES 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

The term `Home Duties` is a little misleading for the 1st battalion in the early days following World War 1 spent little time back in Britain being required to `Police` the various areas now under control of the `Allied` forces but as can be seen from the testimony below it was a time when the battalion was given an opportunity to shine in whatever role it was called upon to perform be that on the parade ground or the sports field the 1st and 2nd  Battalions The Durham Light Infantry excelled in all aspects of its duties.Home Service units were available to bolster the numbers of the battalion on its brief but welcome return to  home shores.

The 1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry started its tour of Home Service at Tidworth on February 15th 1920 replacement details were received from the Home Service Units at this time which brought the approximate strength of the battalion to 30 Officers and 700 other ranks. After a short stay in that region the battalion received orders that it was shortly to be on the move once again.Very few people could have envisaged how short a stay at home it was actually going to be,but on the 1st March 28 officers and 680 other ranks embarked at Dover for Calais

 Above;-Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, with the colours, and with a French officer in the background, Photographed  at Rouen, France 1920 at the rear we have Company Sergeant-Major Bills Front row: 4435240 Sergeant James George Stone; Second Lieutenant T.S. Airey; Sergeant D. Gordon
The 1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry moved to Germany under the command of Lt.-Colonel H. H. S. Morant, D.S.O., where it was quartered at Riehl Barracks, Cologne,arriving on March 3rd 1920, as part of the Army of the Rhine,now classed as a `Home` station.On May 18th a platoon of the battalion under the Command of Lieutenant G S Fillingham MC proceeded to the town of Ypres where they represented the Durhams at the presentation of the Military Cross to Field Marshal Viscount French.A second detachment of 50 men in company with the Regimental Colour under Lieutenant Harold Wynn ,attended the Joan of Arc celebrations at Rouen on June 12th-13th.This detachment was very well received and prompted Major General C E Pereira head of the British Delegation at the celebrations to write to the GOC in Charge of the Army of the Rhine praising the professionalism of the men involved.The letter read as follows;-

"I am glad to have to inform you that the French military and Civil authorities expressed the highest praise of the detachment provided by the 1st Durham Light Infantry.I am particularly pleased to say that General Maudhuy came up to me after the Guard of Honour had marched past and gave them the highest praise.I know from the many complimentary remarks that have been made to me that the town of Rouen is most gratified that such a fine detachment was sent to take part in the celebrations"

Sadly Lieutenant  Harold Wynn,who commanded the Honour Guard died of Pneumonia whilst serving with the Battalion at Oppeln,Upper Silesia on the 21st September 1921 he is not commemorated on the CWGC roll as his death was of `Natural Causes` and outside of their commemoration period (4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921).Harold Wynn was born on March 26th 1896 at Honiton in Devon ,commisioned from the rank of Sgt in 1917 he was then serving with the 10th Durham Light Infantry.A pre-war soldier enlisting on 25th July 1914 he was promoted L/Cpl on 16th October 1914,Cpl on the 13th September 1915,Sgt just over one year later on 16th September 1916.Commisioned for `Services in the Field` when he was wounded 16th April 1917 he had joined the 1st DLI at Tidworth. A sad loss to the battalion and ultimately the Regiment.

In September two further companies were detached from the battalion under the Command of Lieut Colonel William Basil Greenwell DSO (Later CBE) (a famous quote attributed to `Billy` Greenwell was `Theres no place like Durham and certainly no other county regiment like the Durham Light Infantry`) these companies moved to Antwerp and remained at this location until early January 1921 returning to rejoin the battalion at Cologne.

On 29th May, 1921, owing to disturbances caused by the Plebiscite, the 1st DLI was ordered to proceed to Upper Silesia, where it formed part of a force of British, French and Italian troops.The dispute in the area had led to very well armed forces being raised a Polish force under the command of Wojciech Korfanty and supported by the French attempted to force Polish rule but an equally determined and well armed `freikorps` led by General Karl Hofer a German with a fine war record stood against them it was hoped that the British would be sympathetic to the German cause after all the vote had given them a three to one victory over the Poles surely the British sense of fair play would lead them to the side of their former enemies? The British stood firm and did not enter on either side. The Battalion arrived on the 1st June and were initially billeted in the small villages of Kampa and Krzanowitz which were just to the North of Oppeln. It was a year of many moves and amongst the places where the  Battalion, or detachments from it, found themselves quartered were Oppeln, Lublinitz, Koschentin, Ratibor and Bobrek. " B " Company, under the command of Capt. V. A. C. Yate, M.C.,even spent a month in Odenberg in the Bergenland, Austria,

The first move took place on the 8th June when the 27 officers 355 other ranks who had made the initial journey to the villages around Oppeln, moved from these villages to Foch Camp at Oppeln itself . The battalion remained here mostly intact carrying out various patrol and policing duties as part of 2nd Brigade alongside the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch and the 2nd Leinsters until September when orders were once again received to move  this time the journey would be by train.

On September 6th 1921 the train  took the 1st DLI to Lublinitz in the South of Poland (formerly Austrian territory) here two companies remained whilst Headquarters and the remaining two companies went on to Koschentin seven miles or so nearer to the Polish border.It was initially ordered that the battalion (Strength 300 less transport) were to move on to Ratibor but on arrival there was not enough billets which resulted in Major John.S .Unthank DSO,a veteran of the Boer War, taking  a detachment some 110 strong back to their original billets at Koschentin.

Although the Armistice was signed and the First World War had ended still Durham Light Infantrymen were being killed in these so called `Peace Keeping ` operations .Two such casualties were 4435387 Pte Lewis Sawyer who died on the 20th August 1921  as the result of a road traffic accident and 4435228 Sgt J T Waknell who died on 15th July 1921, during a raid for arms on a café an unknown assassin fired a single shot which caused ultimately fatal wounds.Originally both were interred at Oppeln Town Cemetery alongside a total of 41 British Soldiers 11 of these were removed to Berlin South Western Cemetery including the two DLI men.The remaining 30 were left behind at Oppeln their dates of death apparently falling outside of the CWGC remits.Both DLI men are in the care of the CWGC it is not known what fate befell that of their comrades at Oppeln.

 

4435387 Pte L Sawyer The 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry At rest Section VI Row F Grave 10 Berlin South Western Cemetery. 4435387 (formerly 11084) Pte L Sawyer Lewis Cage Sawyer died 20th August 1921 as a result of being involved in a Road traffic accident?) Son of John Alexander Sawyer and Elizabeth Robson they resided at The Engineers Arms Trimdon St Sunderland  Lewis was born on the 8th October 1893 in Sunderland christened Lewis Cage Sawyer at St Marks Church, Millfield .
In 1911 he was already serving as 11084 Pte Sawyer at Hyderabad Barracks, Military Road & Mersea Road, Colchester. Lewis served on the North West Frontier, India where he received an India General Service Medal transferred to the Western Front he was awarded a Victory medal, War medal and 1914-15 Star. Re-numbered 4435387 Lewis continued to serve with the Durham`s up until his death.
Lewis`s brother 275489 Pte John Alexander Sawyer was also killed on March 12th 1917 serving with the 1/7th DLI in France he is buried at Heath Cemetery on the Somme. Elder brother Frederick enlisted at Sunderland into the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry he later transferred to the Labour Corp. Served 13yrs and 75 days before being discharged 31st Mar 1920 with an excellent reference. He died 18 July 1921 after suffering from the results of gas attack. Lewis named his Sister Mary as next of kin she too was married to a DLI soldier James Bartelle Postuma (Died 1921)

 4435228 Sergeant J.T. Waknell 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry holder of the Croix de Guerre (France). Husband of Florence Violet Waknell, of 40 Bridport Rd., Upper Edmonton, London.At rest Section VI Row F Grave 7 Berlin South Western Cemetery.He died of injuries received following a raid on a cafe in Oppeln Upper Silesia where he was assistin French forces in the search for weapons despite an investigation his killer was never found.

Those who remained at Ratibor included `B` Company commanded by Captain V A C Yate MC their stay too was relatively short for on the 4th December they found themselves ordered to Bergenland here Capt Yate with a strength of around 50 men saw in the New Year of 1922 following the Hungarians refusal to surrender the town to the Austrians which had previously been agreed as part of The Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye(1919). On the 4th January the DLI Company found themselves on the move once again ..back to Ratibor!

 In July 1922, after returning to Cologne via Ratibor,Koschentin,Lublinitz Bowbrek,Lublinitz again,and finally Brigade Camp at Vassowska, the Battalion left Cologne bound for England and billets  at York, arriving at Fulford Barracks on 19th July, where it was stationed until December, 1924.

 It was a transitional time for the 1st Battalion with little work in the North East the Regiment had the pick of the crop when it came to recruits and it was a time when the athletic competitivness really blossomed.During the football season 1922-23, the football team won the York Senior (Faber) Cup and reached the semi-final of the Army Cup. The hockey team also reached the final of the Army Hockey Cup, but were beaten by the Royal Hibernian School. The John J. Hunt Challenge Cup was won by the relay team during the summer. In the following year the following trophies were won by the football team :?The York Senior (Faber) Cup, Senior League Shield, Junior (Riley Smith) Cup, and Reserve League Shield. The relay team again won the John J. Hunt Challenge Cup.

On 29th December 1924 the Battalion with a strength of 28 officers and 545 other ranks, under the command of Lt.-Colonel A. E. Irvine, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., moved to Ballykinlar Camp, Northern Ireland, where it was stationed until January, 1926.Although an unspectacular posting the sporting achievements of the battalion continued In 1925, the Queen Victoria Cup and the Curragh Challenge Cup were won at the Northern Ireland District Rifle Meeting. On 16th January the Battalion moved to Victoria Barracks, Belfast, and during the year won the following athletic and other events in the Northern Ireland District :? The Cross-Country Championship, The Boxing Championship (tieing for first place with the Northumberland Fusiliers), the Association Football Cup, the Inter-Unit Team Fencing Championship and Bayonet Combats, and the Kenilworth Shield at the District Rifle Meeting.

 In 1927 the Association Football Cup and the Inter-Unit Team Fencing Championship and Bayonet Combats were again won. The Queen Victoria and Curragh Challenge Cups were won at the District Rifle Meeting, and at the District Golf Meeting the Inter-Unit Championship was won.

During this year Lt.-Colonel C. L. Matthews, D.S.O., took over command. On 4th November, 1927, the Battalion left Belfast for Egypt,The battalion embarked on the HT City of Marseilles and disembarked at Alexandria on November 16th1927 where it was quartered in Mustapha Barracks, Alexandria, from 1927 to 1930.

 

Photo Final Command Rugby 1st DLI 12 points  v SLI Cairo February 1928 (Click on image for larger version)

During this period it achieved many successes at work and play. The rugby team won the Egyptian Command Rugby Football Cup, the football team won the British Troops in Egypt Association Football Cup and reached the final of the Sultan's Cup, a competition in which the leading civilian teams took part. The Polo team won the Gordon Cup two years in succession. In 1929, the Congreve Cup for the highest aggregate points was won at the Command Rifle Meeting. The battalion concluded their tour in Egypt on April 9th 1930 embarking at Alexandria and arriving at Southampton on April 22nd en route for Catterick Camp.

At Catterick Camp between 1930 and 1934, the Battalion was quartered in Mons Lines, and was commanded by Lt.-Colonel W. B. Greenwell, C.B.E., D.S.O., from 1931 to 1933.In 1933 the battalion was selected to carry out the administration of the Northern Command Tattoo camp a task of organising over 2000men and also provided 300 men itself together with the Band and Bugles for the Tattoo event.The battalion contingent proceeded initially to Strensall Camp for weapons training(June 1st 1933) and from thence to camp on the Knavesmire York.

 During this time it was issued with fifty sets of experimental clothing and equipment these were tested and worn by N.C.O.'s and men during training, and reports were sent to War Office. The football and hockey teams reached the semi-final of the Army Cup. The football team in 1933, and the hockey team in 1931 and 1934.

 In 1934 the Battalion, under the command of Lt.-Colonel J. A. Churchill, M.C., moved to Dettingen Barracks, Blackdown, where it was selected to become an experimental Machine Gun Battalion, only two battalions being chosen to carry out this test in the Army. In 1936, when the new organisation came into force, the Battalion reverted to its original role of Rifle Battalion. On 15th October, 1935, Lt.-Colonel W. A. Grey-Wilson, M.C., took over command.A more detailed report of this period is produced further down this page. 

Before closing this short account, mention should be made of the County March, a march carried out through Durham County in July, 1934. The distance traversed was about 112 miles; halts, for one night or more, were made at Gateshead, Chester-le-Street, Sunderland, Blackhall, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington. The Battalion has taken part in three Tattoos in recent years. At York in 1933, at Ravensworth in 1934, and at Aldershot in 1937. In addition to performing in two items in 1933, the personnel of the Battalion carried out the administration of the Tattoo Camp on the Knavesmire, York, a camp of over 2,000 men.


                                 Bridge Openings 1928-34

 

AT THE BRIDGE
Faithful Durham's Guard of Honour

In spite of the bitter cold, a large number began to congregate at the bridge as early as 9am. By 11am all the distinguished guests had assembled in the stand, which was brightly decorated, as huge crowds lined the long approach from Newport Road.

Excitement of the crowd was enlivened by the arrival of the 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, under the command of Major E. Heslop. There were 100 men on parade, together with a full military band and bugle section, under band master AW Woodham....Middlesborough Gazette

The opening of Middlesborough`s Transporter Bridge in 1932 in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales .

Crowds of people gather at the opening of the Newport Bridge

 

Royal Inspection of 1st DLI Guard of Honour

Prince of Wales chats with 1st DLI officer Major Heslop

End of the Line

The Royal party leaving the ceremony to cheering crowds as they made their way to a civic reception at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Honour guard by 1st DLI in 1928 at the opening of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle in the presence of his majesty King George V

Monach Postcard dating from 10th October 1928 showing the Royal carriage and the 1st DLI Honour Guard

ROUTE MARCHES ,EXERCISES AND RECRUITMENT DRIVES

On completing its tour of duty in Egypt on the 9th April 1930 the 1st DLI  returned to England  for what would be a transitional period in its existance welcomed by some despised by many the mechanised age had arrived.

In 1933-4 The 1st Durham Light Infantry were regarded as the one of the best battalions in the British Army and were chosen to trial the new experimental `Deerstalker outfits` which with modifications would become the more familiar battledress of The British Army..Lieut Colonel J A Churchill assumed command on the 16th November 1933.Under his leadership the battalion undertook a march through its home county of Durham, for the first time since it had came into existance.The march was routed through Gateshead,Birtley,Chester-le-St,Sunderland,Whitburn,Seaham,Blackhall,Spennymoor,Kirk Merrington,Bishop Auckland,Darlington and then back to Catterick.

Shortly after on the 20th November 1934 the Battalion were moved south to Blackdown Barracks.Once at Blackdown it joined the 6th Brigade of the 2nd Division which at the time was a top experimental division and the hub of the British Military Universe.The battalion were soon equipped with the only Bren-carriers in the British army as it began its transformation into a mechanised unit,cast as a support battalion .

The 1st DLI were reformed into the following;-

 HQ Company,three machine gun companies ,each consisting of three platoons armed with four vickers guns one anti-tank company of four platoons each ,armed with four anti tankguns.

 Men of the 1st DLI relax during one of the exercises in May 1935 when during an exercise its unwanted mobility carried it a total of 160miles in a ten hour period! Photograph by kind permission of Dennis Martin

 Gas Masks on 1st DLI deployed in Anti-Aircraft Role.Photograph by kind permission of Dennis Martin

 All transport was mechanised and the anti tank company was carried on tractors and trailers in this case Vickers-Carden-Loyd Utility Tractor This was a modified version of the Utility tractor equipped with hinged sheet sides. Introduced to the British Army as load carriers to replace horse drawn transport from 1932 onwards, this vehicle was capable of carrying a load of 8 cwt and is shown towing a two-wheeled GS limber which could carry an extra 13 cwt load . Used as supply vehicles and carriers of Vickers and Lewis machine gun sections, in which role they were eventually replaced by the Vickers Machine Gun Carrier. Two versions of this tractor were built, Tractor, Light, GS MkI and Tractor, Light, GS MkIa (HS) High Speed Photograph by kind permission of Dennis Martin

 Though the battalion received favourable reports its new found status did not last beyond the Autumn of 1936  when the battalion was stripped of its equipment to meet the Emergency in Palestine (Below) reverting back to a Rifle battalion in October 1936 consisting of three rifle companies and one machine gun company (S)

In July 1937 the 1st battalion DLI  found themselves under canvas at Thursley Common for a two week exercise at the end it was remarked that the march back to camp was significantly better than the march down understandably so when you consider that for two years the battalion had marched no where and this to many must have been a severe shock to the system!

May 1935 during a roadside halt in St Albans maps are consulted during a recruitment drive route march from Blackdown Barracks in Surrey to the Fenham Barracks (then the shared depot) in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 1936 the 1st DLI were in Sussex with their new (short-lived) mechanised equipment

Recruits and Training

 

The recruitment and training  was an ongoing part of army life many young boys entering as bandboys below is a photograph of Pte William Miller as a young band boy with the regiment Pte William Miller went on to serve with the 1st DLI in Malta

 

These young lads are shown in 1931 at Fenham Barracks pictured below left to right are Pte James Henry Miller,Pte Syd Walt and Pte `Topper` Browne photograph by kind permission of Peter Miller

 Pte James Henry Miller was born on the 23rd October 1910 in Wear Street,Bishopwearmouth,Sunderland. He enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry on the 12th  January 1931 .Posted to India with the 2nd DLI in 1932 he remained there until 1937 after a brief period in the Sudan he decided rather than move with the 1st DLI to China he would go back to civilian life but stayed with the regiment as part of the reserve forces.Recalled to the colours on the 1st September 1939 Miller once again joined 2DLI and went with them to France and Belgium.Pte 4448559 `Dusty` Miller was present during the actions on the River Dyle in which the regiment won its first VC of the war (Richard Annand).As part of `D` Company 16 platoon Pte Miller gave Mr Annand covering fire as he went out to `Bomb` the Germans carrying his box of grenades. .Wounded in the shoulder Pte Miller was captured by an SS Unit where he was severely beaten before been taken by another German unit to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.He was then sent to Stalag 344 (VIIIB) where as prisoner no 16146 he was forced to sit out the rest of the war before being finally released by the Russians in 1945.In March 1946 he was once again transferred to the reserve being finally discharged on September 12th 1952.Pte James Henry `Dusty` Miller 4448559 late of the Durham Light Infantry died on 25th September 2008 he was 97 years of age.

The lad in the middle of the photograph is Pte Syd Walt 4449017 also of the 2nd battalion DLI Sydney Walt was also born in Sunderland in 1913 he was the son of Thomas William Walt, and of Florence Beatrice Walt(nee Younger) the family moved to Hutton Magna, Yorkshire after Syds enlistment  Pte Syd Walt was killed on the 29th May 1940 during the actions around St Venant

 

 He lies at peace Plot 3. Row A. Grave 20 of St Venant  Communal Cemetery he was 26 years old

Seniority Roll 1937 WO`s and NCO`s 1st and 2nd Battalions Durh.L.Inf

 

4435587

R.S.M.(W.O. I.)

Robson, F. R

DLI Depot

29/07/33

4435534

R.S.M

Goddard, A. G

2nd DLI

07/08/33

4441312

R.S.M(W.O.1)

Bush, F. H

1st DLI

02/09/37

4602144

B'dmaster (A.R.C.M.)

Rose, F. H

2nd DLI

10/03/34

4741728

B'dmaster W.O.11 (A.R.C.M.)

Rippon, E. F

1st DLI

20/05/36

4435641

C.S.M

Ritson, J. W

1st DLI

13/03/25

4436902

R.Q.M.S

Bewick, T

2nd DLI

30/07/33 C.S.M. 11/11/25

4440691

C.S.M

Spencer, D

2nd DLI

17/01/26

4436515

R.Q.M.S

Kirk, W. T

1st DLI

28/09/26

4436193

R.Q.M.S

Burini, A

2nd DLI

01/08/27

4436650

C.S.M

Bentley, G

1st DLI

03/08/27

4435462

Q.M.S

Dyer, J

2nd DLI

10/10/28 ORS

4436984

C.S.M

Kirkland, R

2nd DLI

15/02/29

4436736

C.S.M

Green, T

2nd DLI

11/12/29

4442249

C.S.M

Browne, E

1st DLI

15/06/30

4436531

C.S.M

Runciman, J

2nd DLI

26/01/31

4436538

C.S.M

Brooks, W

1st DLI

08/04/32

4437146

Q.M.S

Newman, A. E

1st DLI

28/09/32 OHS

4441950

C.S.M

Davidson, J. C

1st DLI

02/10/32

4436379

C.S.M

Williams, W. W

2nd DLI

30/07/33

4440863

C.S.M

Clark, J

2nd DLI

07/08/33

4442176

C.S.M

Wilson, G

1st DLI

20/04/34

4442943

C.S.M

Wilson, G

1st DLI

28/04/34

4441577

C.S.M

Burkitt, W

1st DLI

11/09/34

4442560

C.S.M

Jennings, A

1st DLI

29/10/36

4442895

C.S.M

Sedman, W

1st DLI

02/09/37

4435507

C.Q.M.S

Berry, A. M

2nd DLI

04/07/27

4435642

C.Q.M.S

Ritson, H

1st DLI

24/07/27

4435655

C.Q.M.S

Thrift, E

1st DLI

17/10/27

4435943

C.Q.M.S

Burkinshaw, H

2nd DLI

11/11/27

4435911

C.Q.M.S

Senior, B

2nd DLI

23/10/32

4436296

C.Q.M.S

Love, A

2nd DLI

20/02/33

4436765

C.Q.M.S

Etherington, G

2nd DLI

30/07/33

4439936

C.Q.M.S

Hatton, F. A

1st DLI

20/04/34

4441102

C.Q.M.S

Rosindell, J. A

1st DLI

16/05/36

1669047

C.Q.M.S

Powell, G

1st DLI

10/10/36

4441955

C.Q.M.S

Blackwood, A

1st DLI

29/10/36

4435768

Sgt

Ryding, J. E

2nd DLI

21/06/18

7211749

Sgt

Watson, E

2nd DLI

12/05/23

4435786

Sgt

Homer, J. W

2nd DLI

13/12/23

4436218

Sgt

Richardson, J

2nd DLI

11/06/24

4437050

Sgt

Eldrett, E

2nd DLI

28/01/25

7212300

Sgt

Hayes, G

2nd DLI

13/03/25

4439323

Sgt

Kemp, J

2nd DLI

01/12/25

6549649

Sgt

Muffins, W

2nd DLI

14/03/26

4436911

Sgt

Winter, A

2nd DLI

10/10/26

4442032

Sgt

Moore, L. G

1st DLI

17/10/26

4440973

Sgt

Ross, N

2nd DLI

25/10/26

4441079

Sgt

Salt, G. W

2nd DLI

17/02/27

4436524

Sgt

Mason, T. F

2nd DLI

20/04/27

4442092

Sgt

O'Brien, J

1st DLI

03/08/27

4441191

Sgt

Davies, C

1st DLI

27/10/27

4439815

Sgt

Beere, A

2nd DLI

30/11/37

4442194

Sgt

Page, A

1st DLI

15/01/28

4436618

Sgt

Stray, G

2nd DLI

18/01/28

4435606

Sgt

Healey, E. G

2nd DLI

27/02/28

4435667

Sgt

Hedley, I

2nd DLI

26/04/28

4436220

Sgt

Lackenby, C

2nd DLI

26/04/28

30249

Sgt

Pickering, F. S

2nd DLI

09/07/28

4439993

Sgt

Drayton, C. C

2nd DLI

01/11/28

4435771

Sgt

Small, A. A

1st DLI

05/02/29

6526593

Sgt

Potter, T

2nd DLI

08/01/30

4438949

Sgt

Pinkney, G

2nd DLI

13/03/30

4443068

Sgt

Cowley, T

1st DLI

13/05/30

4442274

Sgt

Patrick, R. S

1st DLI

01/06/30

4442726

Sgt

Curry, J. J

1st DLI

15/06/30

4435643

Sgt

Goddard, R. C

1st DLI

26/08/30

4443770

Sgt

Qualtrough, W

2nd DLI

25/09/30

4442443

Sgt

Colman, N

1st DLI

23/12/30

4261064

Sgt

Armstrong, J

1st DLI

06/01/31

4439978

Sgt

Scott, J.

2nd DLI

07/01/31

4441562

Sgt

Thompson, J

1st DLI

01/02/31

4442424

Sgt

Wray, C

1st DLI

26/02/31

4442038

Sgt

Walker, F

1st DLI

05/04/31

4441259

Sgt

Phillips, D

2nd DLI

09/04/31

4439917

Sgt

Jamieson, G

2nd DLI

09/04/31

4437290

Sgt

Shaw, J. E

2nd DLI

01/06/31

6972271

Sgt

Wilson, W. H

1st DLI

09/07/31

4447026

Sgt

Stonehouse, E

1st DLI

08/08/31

4443697

Sgt

Hutchinson,M.B

1st DLI

28/09/31

4443850

Sgt

Golightly, J

1st DLI

07/10/31

4442242

Sgt

Carter, W

1st DLI

08/10/31

4443733

Sgt

Scott, G. S

1st DLI

31/10/31

4441783

Sgt

Metcalf, N

2nd DLI

14/01/32

4443460

Sgt

Fulton, W. M

2nd DLI

02/10/32

4443803

Sgt

Cowell, J. W

1st DLI

16/10/32

4441992

Sgt

Davies, D

2nd DLI

23/10/32

4441928

Sgt

Brooks, W. C. (MM)

2nd DLI

16/01/33

4445069

Sgt

Willis, D

1st DLI

05/03/33

4441895

Sgt

Bailey, L. H

2nd DLI

27/03/33

4435660

Sgt

Ingham, T.H

2nd DLI

13/04/33

4443312

Sgt

Fairclough, C

2nd DLI

30/07/33

4439860

Sgt

Howell, R

2nd DLI

07/08/33

4440223 (ORC)

Sgt

Usher, G. I. C

2nd DLI

01/12/33)

4445526

Sgt

Carrick, A. T.

2nd DLI

01/12/33

4436580

Sgt

Marshall, E. G.

1st DLI

16/12/33

4445635

Sgt

Flannigan, G.

1st DLI

28/04/34

4442122

Sgt

Foster, J.

1st DLI

11/09/34

4444037

Sgt

Catterson, A.

2nd DLI

01/12/34

4444265

Sgt

Hunt, J. R

1st DLI

14/08/35

4443737

(ORS)

Sgt

Davis, E.

1st DLI

14/09/35

4443435

Sgt

Fox, G. J

1st DLI

16/05/36

4435550

Sgt

Anderton, V. C

1st DLI

02/09/36

4445786

Sgt

Anderson, W.

1st DLI

03/09/36

4445513

Sgt

Little, W.

1st DLI

10/10/36

4435811

Sgt

Dyne J

1st DLI

29/10/36

4442111

Sgt

McMahon, J.

1st DLI

26/02/37

7041717

Sgt

Hall, A.

1st DLI

07/03/37

4445114

Sgt

Blackwood, S.

1st DLI

03/06/37

4445886

Sgt

Lauderdale, J

1st DLI

21/08/37

1073123

Sgt

Rigg, G. A.

1st DLI

02/09/37

4435555

Cpl

L/Sgt

Leahy, P

1st DLI

01/05/20

08/02/36

4435833

Cpl

L/Sgt

Barnett, W. B

2nd DLI

09/10/28

01/12/33

4435971

Cpl

L/Sgt

Bills, J

2nd DLI

11/08/30

4446383

Cpl

L/Sgt

Dowson, F

1st DLI

10/10/30

06/07/34

4445273

Cpl

L/Sgt

Hogg, W

1st DLI

05/11/30

01/08/35

4443991

Cpl

L/Sgt

Hand, M

2nd DLI

05/11/30

27/03/33

4444488

Cpl

L/Sgt

Adamson, J

2nd DLI

05/11/30

13/04/33

4447543

Cpl

L/Sgt

Nicholson, R

2nd DLI

26/02/31

13/04/37

4443773

Cpl

L/Sgt

Gotts, G. R

1st DLI

14/06/31

07/03/37

4742004

Cpl

L/Sgt

Birch, W. H

2nd DLI

26/08/31

21/04/37

4436527

Cpl

L/Sgt

Connelly, J

2nd DLI

12/09/31

20/11/35

4447124

Cpl

Gray, J.

1st DLI

28/09/31

4447165

Cpl

Faulder, T. A

1st DLI

07/10/31

4447766

Cpl

L/Sgt

Thompson, H

1st DLI

08/10/31

08/02/36

4444329

Cpl

L/Sgt

Cope. M.

1st DLI

31/10/31

16/05/36

5663481

Cpl

L/Sgt

Brooks, E

2nd DLI

18/11/31

21/10/33

4439900

Cpl

Lock, W.

2nd DLI

18/11/31

4443709

Cpl

L/Sgt

Pirie, W.

1st DLI

29/12/31

02/06/36

4443173

Cpl

L/Sgt

Pearson, J

2nd DLI

14/01/32

16/05/34

4447931

Cpl

L/Sgt

Rochester, W.

2nd DLI

25/03/32

01/12/34

4381483

Cpl

White, H

2nd DLI

01/08/32

4447748

Cpl

L/Sgt

Johnston, G

1st DLI

04/08/32

02/09/36

4444879

Cpl

L/Sgt

McDermott, G

1st DLI

02/10/32

03/09/36

4441227

Cpl

L/Sgt

Bolam, P. J

1st DLI

19/10/32

10/10/36

4444173

Cpl

Hourigan, J

2nd DLI

29/11/32

4436896

Cpl

L/Sgt

Etherington, M

2nd DLI

27/01/33

07/03/35

4441576

Cpl

Wood, W

2nd DLI

27/01/33

4447935

Cpl

Taylor, C. A

2nd DLI

01/03/33

4265674

Cpl

Rafferty, W

2nd DLI

02/03/33

4445811

Cpl

Murray, P

1st DLI

13/04/33

26/02/37

4443063

Cpl

Markram, J. R

1st DLI

01/07/33

4445639

Cpl

L/Sgt

Armstrong, R

1st DLI

21/07/33

21/08/37

4446241

Cpl

Russell, L

2nd DLI

15/11/33

4447772

Cpl

Suddes, R

1st DLI

01/12/33

4446419

Cpl

McQuaid, G

1st DLI

19/01/34

4445637

Cpl

Boddy, J.

2nd DLI

01/02/34

4446528

Cpl

Barrass, G

2nd DLI

06/04/34

4442264

Cpl

Machin, E

1st DLI

23/05/34

4443990

Cpl

Noble, T

1st DLI

06/07/34

4448512

Cpl

Ryan, F

1st DLI

10/07/34

4441526

Cpl

Wilson, E

2nd DLI

30/08/34

4444071

Cpl

Coulthard, J

1st DLI

11/09/34

4443691

Cpl

McGuire, S. J

2nd DLI

01/10/34

4435882

Cpl

Sullivan, J

2nd DLI

21/11/34

4448515

Cpl

Armstrong, A

1st DLI

28/11/34

4447164

Cpl

Lewis, J

2nd DLI

16/01/35

4447133

Cpl

McGavin, G

1st DLI

05/02/35

4448763

Cpl

Potter, C. M

1st DLI

16/03/35

4448368

Cpl

Imrie, S

2nd DLI

28/03/35

4448538

Cpl

Sampson, G

1st DLI

10/04/35

4744193

Cpl

Machin, W

1st DLI

09/05/35

4446331

Cpl

Morley, G

2nd DLI

17/05/35

4446377

Cpl

Ridley, H

1st DLI

01/08/35

4448605

Cpl

Morton, J.G

1st DLI

14/08/35

4445815

Cpl

French, J. F

1st DLI

14/09/35

4446277

Cpl

Hutson, F. W. C

2nd DLI

16/10/35

4448511

Cpl

Paxton, J

1st DLI

22/10/35

2316652

Cpl

McTrusty, H

2nd DLI

06/11/35

4448625

Cpl

Brennan, G

1st DLI

23/11/35

6699942

Cpl

Mayers, W. L. L

2nd DLI

28/01/36

4448523

Cpl

Glasper, H.

2nd DLI

28/01/36

4448453

Cpl

Grimes, J.

2nd DLI

28/02/36

4448545

Cpl

Clark, G.

2nd DLI

28/02/36

4440906

Cpl

Dale, H. M.

1st DLI

06/03/36

4447929

Cpl

Pallas, T

2nd DLI

27/03/36

4447098

Cpl

Dobson, J. W

2nd DLI

06/05/36

4448583

Cpl

Munday, C. S

1st DLI

16/05/36

4447750

Cpl

Robson, J

2nd DLI

21/05/36

4448804

Cpl

Ashcroft, A

2nd DLI

02/06/36

4448434

Cpl

Flanaghan, T

2nd DLI

31/07/36

4444856

(0.R.C.)

Cpl

Lancaster, J. G

1st DLI

02/09/36

4448973

Cpl

Brown, J.

1st DLI

03/09/36

4448462

Cpl

Ditchbum, R.

2nd DLI

29/09/36

4436729

Cpl

Taylor, I

1st DLI

07/10/36

4446334

Cpl

Turnbull, T

1st DLI

10/10/36

4447939

Cpl

Stott, A.

2nd DLI

10/10/36

4448547

Cpl

Daynes, G. G.

1st DLI

11/10/36

4449254

Cpl

Milburn, M.

1st DLI

29/10/36

4448448

Cpl

Murdock, I.

1st DLI

27/11/36

4449317

Cpl

Kennedy, J.

1st DLI

28/11/36

4448069

Cpl

Williams, L. J

1st DLI

24/01/37

4449281

Cpl

McCormick, F.

1st DLI

24/01/37

4447102

Cpl

Walker, M.

2nd DLI

16/02/37

4449326

Cpl

Bulmer, R. F. G.

1st DLI

26/02/37

4449709

Cpl

Stringer, R.

1st DLI

07/03/37

4445046

Cpl

Morrisay, A. J

1st DLI

11/05/37

4449161

Cpl

Egdell, T

1st DLI

19/05/37

4267649

Cpl

McLane, M.

1st DLI

19/05/37

4449209

Cpl

Royal, H.

1st DLI

03/06/37

4447175

Cpl

Boland, J. R.

2nd DLI

04/06/37

4448313

Cpl

Latimer, T. B.

2nd DLI

04/06/37

4447017

Cpl

Lowery, G.

2nd DLI

26/06/37

4341915

Cpl

Edwards, H

1st DLI

07/07/37

4449248

Cpl

Thomasson, E.

1st DLI

13/07/37

4441568

Cpl

Walker, F.

1st DLI

13/07/37

4448442

Cpl

Weatherall, A

2nd DLI

17/07/37

4449197

Cpl

Scott, T.

1st DLI

31/07/37

4449432

Cpl

Cairns, E.

1st DLI

12/08/37

4450315

Cpl

Thorpe, J. H.

1st DLI

12/08/37

4449917

Cpl

Pearson, A.

1st DLI

21/08/37

4450561

Cpl

Hunter, J. F

1st DLI

02/09/37

 

Comrades in Arms and friends for life!

The men of the Durham Light Infantry were justly proud of their Regiment and they had a great sense of belonging .Friends made whilst serving in the ranks of the DLI appear to have been friends for life. These are cards sent by the men to each other often at Christmas time wishing each other  the very best for the coming season. These soldiers are Buglers from around 1924-30 and served with the 1st DLI in Egypt during the late 1920`s

Bugler Jimmy Hurst, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above left)

Bugler Ben Culler, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above right)

Bugler H. Patterson, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above left )

Bugler G. Hall, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above right)

Bugler K. Gordan, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above left)

Corporal Joe Lindores, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above right)

 Bugler Ron Wonfer of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above left)

Ronald Stanley Wonfer was born at Colchester on the 8th September 1912 the son of 5333 CQMS Harry Wonfer(enlisted 1894 aged 14 served throughout WW1 awarded LSGC medal 1/4/1913 retired 25th March 1919 having served with 3rd/14th and 17th DLI) and Edith Ellen (Parks) The Durham Light infantry he married Eileen Wonfer and in 1939 resided at Glynne,Woking up until WW2 Died Sutton in 1978

4446242 Lance Cpl William Lambeth of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above right)

Born 1906, enlisted 6 July 1927 he transferred to Army Reserve, 5 July 1934 before his discharge on 5th  July 1939,Rising to L/Sgt he saw overseas service in Egypt, January 1928- April 1930. He joined the DLI cadet Service following his discharge rising to officer commanding The 19th Cadet Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, Promoted to Lieutenant  soon  310234 Lieutenant (T Major) W. Lambeth was promoted again  from 17 June 1948 he was elevated to acting Lieutenant-Colonel effective from 27 July 1948. Lieutenant-Colonel W. Lambeth of Musgrave Gardens, Durham, tended his resignation from 19th Cadet Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, due to ill health on  1st November 1949.

Lance-Corporals Lambeth, left, and Rigg, right, and Corporal Clifford, centre, of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, sitting on the steps of a barracks hut, taken in Egypt, c.1927 - 1930

1073123 L/ Cpl G A Rigg of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above left)

 4445637 L/ Cpl J Boddy of the 1st Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, c.1928 (above right)