After inital training close to home the moved to Wensleydale in August and then to Barnard Castle in October. In January they joined rd Brigade, 41st Division at Aldershot. They proceeded to France on the 5th May landing at Le Havreand and the division concentrated between Hazebrouck and Bailleul. In November the Division was ordered to Italy, moving by train to Mantua. The Division took the front line near the River Piave, north west of Treviso. In February they were summoned back to France and departed from Campo San Piero, travelling by train to concentrate near Doullens and Mondicourt.
In March they transferred to th Brigade, still with 41st Division. Demobilisation began; in March and the Division was renamed the London Division. They were the only North-country battalion in the 41st Division and with a high proportion of miners, it became well known for its digging abilities. If you can provide any additional information, please add it here. Alderson John W.. Atkinson John. Field Sgt. Belson Sidney Victor. Burn John William. Staff Sgt. Finn Robert.
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If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first. We also have a section on World War Two. At the time of the census Freddie was living at 41 Hendon Valley Road, Sunderland with his parents and three of his siblings; he was a shipwright. Freddie enlisted on 13 November and was appointed to the 17th DLI as a reservist.
He is described as being 5ft 6in tall with 'fair' physical development. He was unmarried and his occupation was as a clerk. He fought in the Battle of the Somme later that year. He was posted as missing on 12 Aug and he was later presumed killed on 31 July at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge; the first day of the opening attack of the third battle of Ypres.
His name is engraved on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres, Belgium.
Katy Gill Add to this record. He retuened from two weeks leave at the beginning of June just before the Battle of Messines. He had been based in a regimental aid post in the cellar of a Brasserie in or near St. I have a letter written by him on the 8th of June describing his experiences. After the battle he moved his aid post to the hill above Wytschaete.
He later accompanied the 20th DLI to Italy. Neil Wilson Add to this record. Arthur Rhys Willis 20th Btn. A Coy.
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Durham Light Infantry d. James has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate. According to regimental records these people were killed by artillery fire and its my guess that whatever remains there were, are probably all together in this grave. Kevin Nelson Add to this record. James Nelson 20th Btn. He served with the 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and was killed in action on the 28th July at Fusilier Wood in the Ypres salient,leaving a wife and family at home.
His brother John Robert was the youngest son, aged 18 when he died. I've tried for years to locate him and in the end an old friend of mine who happens to be an expert saved the day.
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He was killed in action on 29th April and is buried at Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery which is only 1. Robert Cecil Smith 20th Bn. Smith, C.
Related Wearside Battalion: The 20th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry
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