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

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


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

Mandy, jonnime@gmail.com, 17/08/2010


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

jackie n tom george, jacktom1@live.co.uk, hull, east yorkshire, england, 17/08/2010


Anyone seen this site looks a good way to remember DLI soldiers of the period http://durhamlightinfantry.webs.com/

Len, 06/08/2010


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

Eve , Somerset, England, 27/07/2010


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

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


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

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


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

David Jelfs, davidjelfs@blueyonder.co.uk, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, 21/06/2010


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

David Keith, susan184491@aol.com, Wallington, Surrey, United Kingdom, 16/06/2010


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

tomandeileenmay@o2.co.uk, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, 14/06/2010


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