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UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

about William Sydney Rainbow

Name: William Sydney Rainbow

Residence: Wandsworth

Death Date: 23 Apr 1917

Enlistment Location: Southfields, S.W.

Rank: Private

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion: 1/9th Battalion.

Number: 325965

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Aldershot

Can anyone help me to find if this man was transferred from another Reg to the D L I. Being a Londoner is it possible to be a TA man in the D L I or maybe he started in a Lon Reg and then was moved. Question is when did he join or was he as seems most likely conscripted. Being 37 when he was KIA and a father of 3 most likely a later call up but I would be glad to know more. How could I find if he was a Derby man can anyone tell me please? His MIC shows another number 9/7749. Was this his first 9th D L I number and 325965 his 1917 renumber please? Colin

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Tyneside Chinaman

Hi

His medal roll sheet shows only overseas service with 9/DLI with the numbers on the MIC.

However in an effort to get an approx enlistment date I went through the DLI TF Silver war Badge lists

9/7272 A E King enlisted or Attested on 16-6-16

9/7345 T W Light enlisted or attested on 29-5-16

I would suggest that these are Derby Scheme men and given that his number is 450 behind Pte Light I would reckon on a call up of around July August 1916 if he went straight into the Durhams or if he was transferred in from another regiment thats when he joined the DLI.

I have the original medal roll sheet on film but it is so faint it isn't worth trying to send it.

regards

John

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John great stuff that really dates it for me . Shame about the medal roll but no matter you have told me a great deal. I will have a look at the Roll when I next make a pilgrimage to NA. I am very grateful for your help. I have noticed when trawling through Soldiers Died in the Great War that there are a number of men who hailed from the part of London / Surry that he came from who ended up in the D L I. Short of the obvious that he was re- mustered into the D L I I am wondering if there was any connection with the D L A with a regiment he may have joined. His ancestors came from North Hants hardly the North East I know. I guess when times got hard men were taken from everywhere and the D L I seemed to have lost a lot of men in 1916. Thanks again Colin

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Tyneside Chinaman

Hi

I had a look at 9/DLI deaths and noted that men numbered 9/74?? were KIA in October 1916 that is at the time of the attack on the Butte de Warlencourt.

There are no 9/77?? KiA so therefore he probably arrived at the front in Nov Dec 1916 and was then renumbered.

9/DLI were renumbered starting 325001 so he was definitely there at the time.

I don't know of any connections with any southern regiments although it is possible that a large draft arrived at the DLI depot or one of the TF reserve Battalions before embarkation.

Have you seen The Gateshead Gurkhas by Harry Moses?

regards

John

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Thanks john that nails it down even closer. No I haven't seen the Gateshead Gurkhas (Just seen it on Amazon used £14) I have been doing this for a friend I will see if I can tempt him into buying it. Unlike me his interest is a passing one, only wanting to know about his ancestor. I would never the less like to have a look,as you know when you delve into something you get hooked as I did on this whole subject of W W 1. Now I pick up a book and cant put it down. The D L I has grabbed me I am sitting going through the war Diaries of the 9th and the 5th right now. Its interesting that this man W S Rainbow I have been looking into has followed the direction of 2 members of my family K I A. The one at Eaucourt le Abbaye in Oct 1916 so I am looking at the D L I at The Butte de Warlancourt then to Arras where his brother was killed at Gavrelle 8 days before William was killed at Cojuel on the 23rd April 1917. Thanks for your help. Where would we all be without our fellow Forum Pals. Colin

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