The Story of the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry - France, April 1915-November 1918 ed Capt R.B. Ainsworth
Another war for the DLI. I took photo at El Alamein
Story of the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry - France, April
1915-November 1918 edited by Captain R.B. Ainsworth M.C.(unfortunately Amazon U.S. shows edited by
unknown even though his name is in the book.)This book is an account of the infantry in France and is fairly
detailed. (US Edition)(UK Edition)
The party consisted of 24
men, including two bombing squads, and had as its object identification of the
enemy on the immediate front. The night of the 6th June was chosen and the
party went out as arranged. In No Man's Land they met a large enemy wiring party
and their object was not attained. Three nights later, however, a German was
captured, and again on the 12th the raiding party went out, this time with the
object of killing Boches. They entered the enemy trench, and after doing
considerable damage with bombs and rifles, returned without casualty.
It is written in a rather matter-of-fact style as you
might imagine a battalion history would be.The Durham Light Infantry is very well known and celebrated and
participated at the Somme as well as in many other important battles.
The Battalion was holding
the sector immediately on the right of the raiders, and its function was to
draw the enemy's attention and fire by the exhibition of dummy figures and a
dummy tank, which were later on view at the United Services Museum in
Whitehall. 2nd Lieut. Leatherbarrow was in charge of these dummies, assisted by
Sergeant P. Finn, who was awarded the Military Medal for his work.
Other decorations earned
during this period were Military Medals awarded to Corporal Nesbitt and Private
Allison of X Company for digging out a man buried by shell fire, under very
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
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