Thursday, February 21, 2013

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

The 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 dangerous conditions.

We will remember them.
We will remember them.

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