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15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry - Early October 1917


Chris Best
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Good afternoon, Pals

The GG Uncle of one of the group I'm going to Ypres with next Monday served in 15 DLI. He is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery and his date of death is given as 5 October 1917.

Can anyone help with what his bn was doing the week or so before?

I ordered the WD from TNA but, for some reason, my Apple hardware won't open it. I had a look on the LLT but the 21st Div's story is off-line whilst Chris re-does that part of the Trail.

If any 15 Bn DLI specialists pick this up, the man was 4/39044 Pte Frank Brown, enlisted 15 Sep 15.

We're following onto the Somme but I think I can cover 1 Jul 16 from current books (although relevant WD page(s) would be most welcomed.

Cheers

Chris

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Graham

Thank you so much. Brilliant. Very grateful = and so quick! Perhaps you had been a Light Infantryman?

Best wishes

Chris


Sorry, Graeme - poor minor SD on my part. :blush:

Chris

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Hi,

Here's his medal roll sheet also spent time with 2/DLI and was attached to the School of Mortars.

Don't know where the 4/ on the number has come from but 4/DLI numbers do not go that high, although he could have spent time with 4/DLI at Seaham harbour before going overseas.

I have answered the questions myself as there are 13 pages of documents on ancestry for him.

The only document with 4/39044 is the casualty active service form which was made up at 4/DLI and from that it would seem that he never joined 2/DLI as the draft was diverted at Etaples to 15/DLI.

regards

John

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Brilliant, thank you so much, Tyneside. Your assumptions about enlistment/postings make sense.

I trawled Ancestry last night but down here (12 miles south of Barnard Castle), our Internet connection is abysmal. I'll try again tonight, looking for DLI Browns with 13 pages.

VMT

Cheers

Chris

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I checked out his Service Record last night. He signed up and was in France within a few weeks, didn't take part in the Somme battles.

He was in A Coy and the WD extract given by Graeme Clarke tells that 4 companies amalgamated into 2 - A joining with B and C joining with D. AB Coy was providing right flank protection the night/day poor Pte Brown was killed.

I'll try to fit in a stop at GLENCORSE WOOD with my group before visiting his grave at New Irish Farm Cemetery.

Thanks for all the help.

Chris

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