On the 2nd September 1939 the adjutant of the 8th DLI reported to his Brigade commander that the total strength of the battalion stood at fifty four officers and 1100 men it was now that the battalion was told to form a duplicate battalion of the eighth, which would become The 11th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry under the command of Major John Bramwell.
Similar scenes were being re-enacted at the HQ of the 6th DLI where it was announced that their surplus would become The 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry
Meanwhile over with the 9th DLI they too had been ordered to form what initially would be the 12th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry however shortly after it became The 1st Tyneside Scottish and though all three battalions formed part of 70th Brigade of the 23rd Division, only the 10th and 11th Battalions would remain with the regiment with the 1st Tyneside Scottish coming under the wing of its new parent regiment The Black Watch.
The 23rd Division was a second line Territorial Division and was a duplicate (on paper) of the 50th Division. Despite the initial numbers of men these battalions had , following the various selection processes ,reserved occupations, specialist transfers etc they were much weakened battalions ,poorly manned and equipped, that were ordered to France on the 23rd March 1940 with advance units arriving by the 10th April 1940 .
As the 23rd (Northumbrian) Division embarked for
The British Government`s plan was to use the Division behind the frontline in the construction role working on the air fields, this role it was envisaged would keep the 10th & 11th DLI occupied for an estimated three to five months .After this the whole Division would be brought home to complete its training and bring it up to war strength.
On the 24th April 1940 the 10th & 11th DLI were at
What ever the plan was they forgot one important factor…….The Germans
The 10th Battalion were ordered to another airfield near Abbeville to do this transport had to be borrowed from other units in their division,the move was completed on the 14th May 1940 their stay lasted ...three days!
The 10th and 11th DLI were ordered next into areas along The Canal du Nord where they were to prepare defensive positions here they did what they could but with no picks,shovels or wire their efforts were never going to be enough.Twenty four hours later they were withdrawn once again to the area around Arras where they were given a line covering the south-east of the town,the two battalions were no sooner in position when they were ordered to withdraw once again through Wancourt to Thetus near Vimy the withdrawl was well under way when counter orders were recieved ordering them back to the Arras area,around Saultry,Beaumetz and Lattre this would be a further sixteen to twenty mile march on top of the distances the two battalions had already covered,some of the men had been marching non-stop since 1900hrs the previous evening! With this in mind Brigadier Kirkup made the decision to ferry his battalions to their new positions at night, in stages using what ever meagre transport was available.Whilst awaiting their transport the men of the 10th DLI laid up at Mercatel whilst the majority of the 11th DLI were at Wancourt
On the 20th May 1940 the transport was hit by the Luftwaffe and although the 10th DLI (less one company under the command of the Tyneside Scottish) had managed to reach Lattre the 11th DLI were still in disaray,one company had not received the amended orders and were at Thelus,two other companies were attempting to re-join the battalion after spending the night at Ficheux.The rest of the battalion were marching onto Beaumetz when the German Armoured Column which had broken the line south of Arras fell upon the marching column from all sides.At 0830hrs those members of 11DLI still awaiting transport were also attacked after a short period,in which the only fire the Durhams could muster came from their rifles, those not already dead or wounded were swiftly rounded up and made prisoners.Colonel John Bramwell the CO was captured at Wancourt,Colonel Swinburne of the Tyneside Scottish was also captured near Fincheux.
The 10th DLI did not escape the onslaught either with both `B` and `C` Companies caught in the open and despite accounting for several German tank commanders who were foolish enough to raise their heads they were quickly overun `C` Company including (56131) Captain John Wilson Kipling were wiped out with no survivours.Captain Kipling was the son of Charles and Isabella Harrison Kipling; husband of Doris Kipling, of Spennymoor, Co. Durham he is buried Plot 8. Row C. Grave 8 of Bucquoy Road,Cemetery,Ficheux .
4449491 Sgt John Metheringham 10th Durham Light Infantry
Citation reads;- On 27th May 1940 the Battalion Transport was heavily bombed and machine gunned by hostile aircraft. Five men were buried under debris, and this rescue was due to the Non-Commissioned Officer(4449491 Sgt John Metheringham) who led a rescue party under fire. His example of coolness and courage was outstanding. During the withdrawal to Dunkirk from the Arras area, this Non-Commissioned Officer set a magnificent example of courage and determination in carrying out his duties , carrying out many journeys during day and night in country known to be investigated by hostile AFV's and subject to hostile air attack.Original recomendation was for a Military Medal.London Gazette 11th July 1940.
4457510 L/Cpl Alan H Watcham of the10th Durham Light Infantry
Confusion quickly spread and groups of men not yet killed,wounded or captured attempted to break free from the German onslaught 4457510 L/Cpl Alan H Watcham of the10th Durham Light Infantry was part of a group of twenty five officers and men with a single bren carrier who found themselves lost somewhere south of Arras relying on local intelligence from French locals that the Germans had not yet penetrated the area they carried on moving forwards but were quickly surrounded and made prisoners by German forces who despite what the locals had said were well established in the area.The unlucky group were disarmed placed against a wall and a machine gun was set up in front of them.After a short while the tense atmosphere relaxed a little and their German captors gave the terrified DLI prisoners a drink of water later that night L/Cpl Watcham saw a vast dust cloud in the distance as it moved closer he recognised the marching column as men of the 10th & 11th Durham Light Infantry captured the previous night.L/Cpl Watcham spent the rest of the war in captivity he was given the PoW number 7767 and in 1945 he was freed from Stalag 20B at Marienburg /Malbork in Poland.
4448808 Pte George Chambers Dean The 11th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry
For conspicious gallantry and outstanding devotion to duty as a despatch rider.On 27th May 1940 in the vicinity of Meteren when the composite battalion of the 10th and 11th btns The Durham Light Infantry were marching in dispersed order on the roads congested with refugees and with an enemy attack approaching this despatch rider did excellent work as a mobile guide.On this and many other occasions the determination and personal disregard for danger of this young soldier ensured the tactical cohesion of his unit and its maintainance as a fighting entity.
George Chambers Dean was born in Washington Co Durham on the 29th June 1915.Pre war he worked as a Plater and Electric Welder .George joined the Territorial Army battalions of The Durham Light Infantry on the 2nd April 1931.He served with the Durhams from that time ,seeing service with the BEF in France,(Dunkirk ) and with the 11th DLI in Iceland,until 26th November 1942 when he was transferred to REME with whom he served until 1946.George Chambers Dean died in 1991.
On the 21st May 1940 Pte Thomas Cyril Wallace Dabner 4457133 was a member of 11th DLI he was driving his truck near Beaumetz when he was captured by German forces,he was ordered to load up his truck with the battalions wounded and follow closely behind German tanks as they went into action. There was a full moon that night and as they approached a cross-roads Dabner saw his chance to escape at high speed and driving with considerable skill he was able to escape his captives and meet up with a British Field Ambulance unit where he sought treatment for his wounded cargo .This small group in due course reached Dunkirk where they embarked for England on the 28th May 1940.
Thomas Dabner continued to serve with the 11th DLI seeing out fifteen months service with the battalion in Iceland before moving on to the 16th DLI.Awarded the Military Medal for his escapades in France Thomas Dabner who lived at No 6 The Esplanade West in Sunderland was promoted to sergeant .He was killed in Action serving with the 16th DLI at Gemano on the 12th September 1944 he was 26.
Part of the Sunderland Echo which broke the news of Thomas Dabner`s Military Medal,Thomas Dabner was the son of Thomas Wallace Dabner and Doris Elizabeth Dabner, of Sunderland, Co Durham He lies at peace and in good company in section XIV Row J Grave 4 of CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY,Italy
Military Medal Action 4457133 Pte Thomas Cyril Walter Dabner The 11th DLI
For conspicuous gallantry and daring initiative whilst in the hands of the enemy during the night of 21st May 1940 in the vicinity of Beaumetz.This Private soldier who was driving a truck was ambushed and captured.The enemy,after disarming him,loaded his truck with British wounded and ordered him to follow a tank into action.After continuing for some distance during the night which was moonlit,he escaped with his truck at a road junction.Driving at high speed and with considerable skill he eventually found and reported to a field ambulance to whom he delivered his wounded who gave verification of this daring feet.
For conspicuous gallantry, leadership and coolness under fire.At Bulschamp on 30th May 1940 7041717 Sergeant Alexander Hall's platoon occupied a position in a rearguard action, which it was essential to hold to ensure the safety of other Troops. Under heavy shell fire, enemy bombing and machine gun fire, he kept a grip on the situation and by his fine example and resource steadied his own and neighbouring troops at a critical moment. Having completed his task, he withdrew under orders and occupied another position in perfect order. London Gazette 20th December 1940
Pte Frank Jackson 4458047 originated from Sheffield and lived at
He spoke little of this time and all his son Stuart has is a postcard and a group photograph.The post card was sent by his father ,Frank,to his mum's brother who was living in
Frank is photographed above with fellow prisoners of Stalag XXB (20B) back row end right he was 21years old at the time.Anyone recognise a relative? My thanks to Stuart for his continued support in providing this photograph
One little story Frank did tell to Stuart was after they set sail from Odessa, while on board ship, they were told they had to carry out an abandon ship drill (in case of submarine attack or some such disaster). This entailed getting into lifeboats and rowing some few hundred yards away from the ship. After a while they were supposed to row back again but they were all so weak and ill after their long years in captivity that they couldn't get back so had to be rescued by some of the ships crew in another boat..
Letter reproduced by kind permission of Mr Stuart Jackson,Frank`s son,PoW report researched and provided by Mr Brian Simms.
The 10th and 11th DLI both served in Iceland.Reconstituted and reinforced 10th DLI arrived on the 16th September 1940 at Reykjavik where its Companies were scattered over a wide area, the Southern most company was at Akranes whilst the most extreme Northern personnel were at Skagastrond with another company at Blondous,another at Borganes together with the battalion HQ.
The 11th were stationed around Reykjavik where it took over billets from The Royal Regiment of Canada,like 10DLI the 11th Battalion personnel were well dispersed with posts at Thingvettlar Lake(possible Sea plane Landings), and at Hafnafjordur.
Colonel Marley (10DLI)on a tour of the tiny village Skagastrond remarked to his guide Corporal Lowe how respectful the Icelanders were with each touching their hats as a remark of respect as he passed by,it was not until later that Colonel Marley found out it was not he who was the object of their respect but Corporal Lowe who was regarded by villagers as a sort of unofficial Mayor of the village!
During one particularly blustery day the roof blew off one of 11 DLI`s huts,turned over the brazier and burnt the outpost to the ground forcing the occupants to seek shelter at a distant Farm.
In February 1941 heavy snow with drifts of six to seven feet high were not uncommon and 10DLI managed to lose a man for three hours when he was found it was established he had not even gone beyond the perimeter fence but had stumbled around in the snow going around in circles!
Many of the coast watch posts had been set up jointly with the Navy who had direct telephone communication with their own headquarters and regularly monitered the various signals..One night Force signals in Reykjavik picked up strange signals apparently in code and quite a scare was started until it was discovered that two companies of the 10th DLI one at Blondous the other at Reykosloli were playing each other at darts and the Geordie and Durham lads were using the telephone system to relay the scores!
In August Iceland was visited by Churchill who gave his customary V sign salute and was answered by a few of the `Durham’s`more traditional version.
At the end of 1941 the 11th DLI returned home to the UK with 10 DLI joining them in the new year (1942)from that time it was agreed that Iceland was to become an `American` responsibility
The 10th and 11th DLI came ashore on the 12th June 1944 six days after D-Day as part of 70Bde.On the 16th June 1944 the 10th
Men of the Durham Light Infantry`s Anti Tank platoon survey a knocked out German Panther 1944
After savage fighting the 11th DLI secured Rauray with the 10th DLI advancing through them as planned on the 28th June despite heavy mortar and artillery fire the 10th DLI pressed on but after three days almost continuous fighting they were relieved by the Tyneside Scottish (Black Watch).
The 1st July brought the Germans first real counter attack in strength since the start of the campaign with 10th DLI out of the line it fell to the 11th DLI and the Tyneside Scottish to hold back the Germans in their sector, at the end of the day despite heavy losses they still, miraculously, held the same ground. The 2nd July brought 10th DLI back into the line whilst 11th DLI and Tyneside Scottish came out for a three day break.
On the 7th July the 10th DLI were once again in a position to press on, moving up to Tilly to take over positions from the 8th & 9th DLI both of course members of the fiftieth division with 11th DLI in reserve .As they did so the regiment had five battalions the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th fighting side by side (six if you consider that before the Tyneside Scottish had come under the wing of the Black Watch it had been the old 12th DLI).
On the 11th July the 50th DIV launched their attack on the Juvigny-Hottot Road, the 10th DLI were ordered to seize a wood nearby which had a prominent Chateau some 300yds in front of it and was held by strong German forces. `C` and `B` Companies of the 10th DLI were ordered to advance and take the Chateau `C` Company advanced first but were only partially successful their support of flame throwing tanks outpaced them and eventually lost direction the German defenders, who had initially fled in terror, were able to return to their positions and waited until `C` Company had advanced across the open ground before opening fire and inflicting heavy casualties on the men. `B` Company having intercepted the German reinforcements heading for the chateau were more successful and reached and secured the objective the 10th DLI remained in close quarters with the Germans until the 13th July when they were in turn relieved by 11th DLI.During the 11th July 1944 the 10th DLI lost a total of 17 men killed in France most were buried at Tilly sur Seulles Thirteen of the casualties that day lie at rest at Tilly the remaining lie at Hottot
Cdn/165 Lieutenant W A James (Canloan) att 11th Durham Light Infantry
On 28 June 1944 at RAURAY, 8865, Lieut James was commanding a leading platoon in the attack.Shortly after leaving the start line he was wounded in the head. He carried on and led his platoon, which had suffered many casualties onto the objective. Later he was wounded again.He did not go back to the RAP until his platoon was re-organized. He returned immediately he had had his wounds dressed and held the position against counter-attack. He displayed very fine leadership throughout the whole action.
William James was a member of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, he died while serving with the Durham Light Infantry as a CANLOAN Officer. Son of Alan and Mabel Hagerman James, of Grosse Isle, Manitoba. Husband of Olive Elizabeth James. Reported as killed in action on July 1st, 1944 it is unclear if this was a direct result of the wounds he received on June 28th as documented in his citation.At rest HOTTOT-LES-BAGUES WAR CEMETERY; Calvados, France Section I Row A Grave 12.
4447931 CSM William Turnbull Rochester
4459474 A/CORPORAL J.W.PEARSON, 10TH.BN.,
Military Medal, GVIR awarded to 4459474 A/Cpl. James William Pearson,10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry James William Pearson came from Doncaster, Yorkshire :
Immediate Award of the Military Medal - London Gazette of 19 October 1944 for the Normandy Campaign : "On 28 June 1944, after the attack on the ring contour 110, near Rauray, Map ref:8865, a man of the Carrier Platoon was severely wounded bringing up ammunition. He managed to get out of his carrier but was run over by a tank and his foot was crushed. At this time the position came under shell fire,
The 10th and 11th DLI spent six weeks at Emieville but with the Americans and Canadians pushing on in other sectors 70 Brigade too were eager to advance the bridgehead was left far behind but the danger of mines was a constant worry and progress hampered by bridges blown either by the retreating Germans or by The Allied air forces desperate to cut off any German lines of retreat.On the 18th August 1944 the Durhams had reached Mezidon on the River Dives,but at Mezidon the wheel of fortune turned against the DLI once more.
The town itself was clear of the enemy, but it was dominated by a hill ,the Mont la Vigne, which overlooked Mezidon being situated some four miles beyond It soon became clear to the Durhams that it was upon this ground that the enemy had chosen to stand. The advance through Mezidon was led by the 10th Battalion and the Tyneside Scottish (Old 12th DLI)with the 11th in reserve. and it was not long before bitter resistance was encountered and a fierce encounter battle ensued. Up till now the country had been pretty flat, but the advance had now reached the first of a range of thickly wooded hills. The road ran along the edge of the range, but between it and the Mont de la Vigne there were some six hundred yards of open fields intersected by two streams, each about twenty feet wide and although fordable, they had sheer banks up to twenty feet high. At the top of the hill was a chateau in a thick wood and below it an orchard sloping away towards the flat plain. On the 18th/19th August 1944 the leading company of 10th DLI ran into trouble as soon as it reached the orchard, where it was met with withering spandau fire from close range. 284905 Captain Harry Keith Sanderson, the company commander and formerly of The Royal Artillery, was hit in the face as he rushed into the orchard. Captain Sanderson was the son of Harry Herbert and Maude Annie Sanderson, of Hull .The Company suffered heavily and lost most of its officers,including 138536 Lieut John Rudd Mackie and 300704 Lieut Albert Henry Herring .It was decided to put in a two company attack as soon as artillery support could be arranged the support secured the operation was ready to start at 20;30hrs.
The artillery barrage appeared to be very effective and apart from some fire at the second stream, the Companies hads little difficulty in reaching the orchard. However as ` D' Company approached all hell was let loose from Spandaus and small arms firing from the hedgerows. Those not immediately killed or wounded blazed away at the hedgerows. The battalion history states 249834 Lieut Clifford Vincent Thomas got within thirty yards of one post, threw a grenade into it, got up to assault it, but was, killed outright by small arms fire Most of the Company had by this time closed in and were racing into the orchard firing from the hip and swearing profanely. Captain Riley, its commander, was hit by a bullet through the shoulder, but the Company carried on up the side of the orchard. 4450404 Sergeant Frederick William Brown, cleared a cottage on the way single handed and enabled the 10th DLI to advance and reorganise just below the chateau for their final assault.
As the last shells from the supporting barrage came down the Regimental history The DLI at War states `Private Jenn alone attacked three Germans in a post and took them prisoner. and Sergeant Brown and Private Ward did great work in clearing it. The 10th DLI captured fourteen prisoners in the chateau itself,including the German company commander and another officer. Corporal Fisher and Lance-Corporal Rupert Edwards both did extremely well in the attack, the latter knocking out several machine gun posts single-handed."
The the price in men had been heavy. There were only about forty or so of 'D' Company left to reorganise around the chateau and ammunition was short. 'C' Company casualties had also been heavy. One officer killed and four more wounded. Major Richard Oliver Mason, the company commander, was posted as missing after personally attacking a position with a grenade. He was the last of the original company commanders and had commanded 'C' Company since its formation as a young soldiers' company in England he had been awarded a MC for an earlier action on the 11th July 1944. It was learned later that he had been wounded and captured and, later still, that the German hospital to which he went was overrun by The British Second Army so his spell as a PoW was brief following his release he was evacuated back to England.
It was left to Sergeant Green and Sergeant Fullerton, with some eight men, to reach the Company's objective which they successfully did and for the rest of the Company to fight their way through to join them as soon as they possibly could. By this time it was darkand the newly won positions would not be easy to hold because of a ridge which extended to the left of the chateau and overlooked it. Moreover, the ridge was thickly wooded and still occupied by the enemy. There was no road up to the chateau and German patrols had already been encountered in the woods.
The streams in the area were difficult to cross in the dark and it took some time to bring up any food or ammunition .Evacuating the numerous casualties was also a big problem. Everyone was tired and hungry but just as the food began to arrive, between 0300hrs and 0400hrs in the morning a German counter-attack was launched down the ridge and directed at the left of the two DLI Companies. The attack was well organised and carried out by troops who obviously knew the ground well.There was no doubt that the enemy had intended to hold these positions and its loss had deprived them of a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. This strong counter attack brought a confused melee of hand-to-hand fighting in the pitch blackness of the French countryside. The Germans brought down a heavy Artillery and mortar barrage and managed to infiltrated one of the DLI companies under cover of it. Many of the attacking German Infantry called out in English and some were mistaken for troops of another Brigade who the DLI were expecting to move up on their left flank but these troops had never even arrived in the area having been delayed by the streams. From then the situation rapidly deteriorated for the 10th DLI companies, the Germans were liberally supplied with automatic weapons and the forward DLI companies were desperately short of ammunition. Gradually each company in turn was forced back, fighting a desperate action against a better equipped enemy and when a second German company appeared, at first light, all DLI who remained were ordered to fight their way out in small groups if possible.
This they successfully did and, as the sun came up, the battered companies took up new positions and consolidated a firm front at the foot of the hill. The battle was over. The Germans did not attempt to dislodge the Durhams and within twenty-four hours the Battalion had not only been relieved, but had received the sad and, indeed, bitter news that the battle of Mont de la Vigne had in fact been its last.
4450404 Sergeant Frederick William Brown The 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry
During the attack on Mt la Vigne on the 18th August 1944 the reserve section of the platoon of which Sgt Brown was platoon Sergeant was held up by MG and rifle fire from a house. Sgt Brown cleared this house on his own killing the occupants and enabling the section to advance.
On reaching the objective Sergeant Brown showed the greatest courage and and determination in entering and clearing a chateau which contained enemy in strong positions.He alone accounted for three enemy.
During the night he volunteered to go out on patrol into a wood suspected to contain a number of the enemy.This he did alone prefering not to risk the lives of the other men.
During this recce he was wounded in a hand to hand combat with the enemy,but he got away and brought valuable information to his Coy Hq. Throughout the day his cheerfulness keeness and total disregard for his personal safety were an inspiration to his platoon under very trying circumstances.
4073790 L/Cpl Rupert Edwards The 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry.
On 18th August 1944 in the attack on Mt la Vigne 312283 L/Cpl Edwards platoon came under very heavy machine gun fire.Though held up L/Cpl Edwards with the greatest of courage and determination alone went forward on his own initiative and covered by smoke tackled single handed and liquidated two enemy machine posts killing all the enemy machine gunners.
On this occasion and throughout the action L/Cpl Edwards showed the very highest standard of bravery and was an inspiration to his comrades who were throughout the action subjected to very heavy fire and suffered considerable casualties.It was largely due to his action and example that the attack of his platoon reached its objective.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commision tend the graves of at least thirty five members of the 10th DLI who lost their lives on the 18th/19th August 1944 most during the actions in/around Mt la Vigne these men were;-
4451922 L/Cpl George Banks,10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Joseph and Bessie Banks; husband of Sheila Banks, of West Auckland, Co. Durham.He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col1 19/08/1944 He was aged 23 yrs
14203484 L/Cpl Walter John Frederick Batt 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of George Batt, and of Emily Jane Batt, of Kingsbury, Middlesex.He lies in good company at La Delivrande War Cemetery,Douvres Section I Row C Grave 4 19/08/1944 He was aged 21 yrs.
4470617 PTe Norman Bell 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Frances Octavius and Elisabeth Ann Bell, of Seaburn, Sunderland, Co. Durham He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 17 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs
14553941 Pte Leslie Carr 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of William and Margaret Carr, of Sunderland, Co. Durham He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 12 19/08/1944 He was aged 20 yrs
6024511 Pte Leonard Thomas Clements 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Clements, of Walthamstow, Essex; husband of Doris Mary Clements, of Walthamstow He lies in good company at St Desir War Cemetery, Section 111 Row F Grave 5 19/08/1944 He was aged 28 yrs
4468929 Pte Ernest Norman Cox 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of John George and Mary Ann Cox, of Darlington, Co. Durham He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 1 19/08/1944 He was aged 21 yrs
4119969 Pte Arnold Edwards 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Husband of Emily Edwards, of Halebarns, Altrincham, Cheshire He lies in good company at Bayeux War Cemetery, Section 15 Row M Grave 5 19/08/1944 He was aged 38 yrs
14679939 Pte Frederick William Fathers 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Son of Frederick Thomas Fathers and Ethel Fathers, of East Ham, Essex He lies in good company at St Desir War Cemetery, Section 111 Row F Grave 6 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs
5682611 L/Cpl Edward Joseph John Foy 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry the son of Thomas and Annie Foy, of Glasgow; nephew of George Fairbairn, of Glasgow He lies in good company at La Delivrande War Cemetery,Douvres Section IV Row E Grave 4 18/08/1944 He was aged 21 yrs.
4039309 Pte Frank Arthur Fricker 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Husband of Marjorie Fricker, of Rugby, Warwickshire He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 15 19/08/1944 He was aged 28 yrs
14701899 Pte Thomas George 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Son of Arthur and Lilian George, of Parkstone, DorsetshireHe lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 10 19/08/1944 He was aged 18 yrs
4461162 Pte Eric William Gilderdale 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Son of Joseph and Jessie Gilderdale, of Bradford, Yorkshire; husband of Edna Gilderdale, of Eccleshill, Bradford He lies in good company at Bayeux War Cemetery, Section 15 Row M Grave 4 Died 19/08/1944 He was aged 28 yrs.
4461530 Pte Ivor Griffies 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of William James Griffies and Harriet Annie Griffies, of Prestbury, Cheshire He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 19/08/1944 He was aged 29 yrs
300704 Lieutenant Albert Henry Herring 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Husband of Jeanne Herring, of Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 18 .19/08/1944 He was aged 29 yrs.
14499233 Pte Brian Henry Hoath 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Alfred John and Maud Millie Hoath, of Chislehurst, Kent .He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 19/08/1944 He was aged 18 yrs.
14679269 Pte John Jackson 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry He lies in good company at St Desir War Cemetery, Section 111 Row F Grave 3 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs.
14683049 Pte John Arthur James 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Son of Arthur and Hilda James of Yardley, Birmingham He lies alone the only WW2 casualty in the Churchyard St Loup-de-Frisbois Churchyard, 19/08/1944 He was aged 18 yrs
14688538 Pte Henry Charles John Johnson 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Henry John Johnson, and of Kate Elizabeth Johnson, of West Brompton, London He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs.
4464334 Pte John Edward Knox 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of John and Frances Knox, of Fenham, Newcastle-on-Tyne He lies in good company at Ranville War Cemetery, Section 1X Row E Grave 23 19/08/1944 He was aged 24 yrs.
138536 Lieutenant John Rudd Mackie 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of John Rudd Mackie and Dorothy Blanche Mackie, of South Shields, Co. Durham; husband of Olive Mackie, of South Shields.He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 9 KIA 19/08/1944 He was aged 27 yrs.
14569097 Pte Frank Marshall 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of George Albert and Dora Marshall He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs.
4469078 Cpl James McKenna 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 18/08/1944 He was aged 20 yrs.
4036486 Cpl Frederick Owen Mucklow 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Frederick Mucklow, and of Mary Mucklow, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire; husband of Doris Mucklow He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 2 19/08/1944 He was aged 26 yrs
14700790 Pte Donald Edwin Thomas Overington 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Thomas and Lottie Overington, of Gomshall, Surrey He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 18/08/1944 He was aged 18 yrs.
14387699 Pte Ellis Owen 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of of David and Grace Owen, of CaernarvonHe lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 16 19/08/1944 He was aged 20 yrs
14688862 Pte Reginald Leslie Penney 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Thomas and Frances Ellen Penney, of Detling Hill, Kent He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 11 19/08/1944 He was aged 18 yrs
14411497 Pte Frederick Michael Ryan 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Henry Ryan, and of Mary Ryan, of Mavis Enderby, Lincolnshire He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 14 19/08/1944 He was aged 19 yrs
284905 Captain Harry Keith Sanderson 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry formerly of The Royal Artillery The son of Harry Herbert and Maude Annie Sanderson, of HullHe lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 7 19/08/1944 He was aged 26 yrs
5679700 Cpl Ronnie Slocomb 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Son of Benjamin Cooper Slocombe and Alice Slocombe, of Blaina, Monmouthshire; husband of Myrtle May Slocombe, of Blaina He lies in good company at St Desir War Cemetery, Section 111 Row F Grave 1 19/08/1944 He was aged 29 yrs.
4036765 L/Sgt John Taylor 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Thomas and Maude Taylor, of Blackwell, Gloucestershire He has no known Grave and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial Pnl 17 Col 1, 18/08/1944 He was aged 24 yrs
249834 Lieutenant Clifford Vincent Thomas 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son Clifford Edward and Rosa Thomas; husband of Joyce Thomas, of St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 13 19/08/1944 He was aged 23 yrs
4470005 Pte John George Trueman 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Henry and Jane Trueman, of Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham He lies in good company at La Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Section 15 Row E Grave 5 KIA 19/08/1944 He was aged 22 yrs
3775564 Pte George Walsh 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of Cecil Herbert and Mabel Walsh, of Fairfield, LiverpoolHe lies in good company at Bayeux War Cemetery, Section XXIV Row C Grave 11 19/08/1944 He was aged 27 yrs
4037083 Pte John Welch 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry The son of James and Sarah Anne Welch, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. He lies in good company at La Ranville War Cemetery, Section IV Row A Grave 3 19/08/1944 He was aged 28 yrs
4035711 Pte Richard Eric Williams 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Richard and Ethel May Williams, of Bayston Hill, Shropshire; husband of Ivy Gertrude Williams, of Bayston Hill. He lies in good company at Lisieux Communal Cemetery Cemetery, Section A Terr Row A Grave 4 19/08/1944 He was aged 26 yrs
On the 19th of August orders were received that 70 Brigade was to be disbanded. It was a decision which had been taken some time before the DLI were plunged into this last battle .The original planning for the invasion had envisaged the breaking up of certain formations to deal with the general manpower shortage. Montgomery himself told the Brigade, it was better to have a slightly smaller army of divisions up to strength than a large one with divisions short of men.Little comfort for these men who had seen so many of their friends fall during this campaign.
For the 10th and 11th DLI Battalions this was the end, there would be no reformed battalions later their history was at an end and it was now a question of withdrawing them to a rest area until the arrangements for the final break-up were complete. For four long years both Battalions had toiled hard to make themselves fit for war and now, after barely three months of active fighting, those who had been comrades for all this time were to say goodbye.
The blow was perhaps particularly unwelcome to the 11th Battalion who, unlike the depleted 10th DLI and the Tyneside Scottish, were once again at full strength and according to their commanders at `maximum fighting efficiency`. However orders are orders, and it was perhaps some consolation that during the final disbandment in September 1944, it was possible to dispatch full rifle companies complete with its own officers to their new battalions/Regiments. Not all went to battalions of the Durham Light Infantry and, indeed, most of the 11th Battalion were divided amongst the Green Howards Dorsets, the East Yorks and the Devons. Many of fthe 10th Durham Light Infantry personnel however, found their way to 151 Brigade and the 6th 8th and 9th DLI. These men were able to carry on the traditions of the Durham Light Infantry however fate had a cruel twist for these battalions also.