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1/7th Durham light infantry


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Hello everybody,

Currently I'm researching a soldier who was wounded in action on the 14th-15th February 1916.

can one of the forum members help me with the war diary (1/7th Durham) of these 2 days?

BTW; All the other info about the 1/7th Durham is also welcome.

Merry Christmas!

Kind regards


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One of the 'originals' to France on 19 April 1915 with the battalion - so he would have served through the 2nd battle of Ypres.

His later 6 digit number is an Northumberland Fusiliers number so he was transferred at some point - possibly after his injury - to the 1st Garrison Battalion.

Discharged 15 Mar 1919 as no longer fit for service.

On 14/15 Feb 1916 the 7th DLI had one man killed and 4 wounded by Heavy Shelling - they appear to have been during working parties on some support and communication trenches but it's not 100% clear. He may have been in D Company at that time.


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I think that John William Potter was my great great grandfather.  I have some war history from South Tyneside Council but no more.  If anyone could give me more info that would be great.



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As Graham says,  South Tyneside remembers has the following:


Personal details
Address 46, Bedford Street, South Shields.
Father Robert Potter
Mother Caroline nee Riseborough
Siblings Elizabeth M., Mary E., Rosanna, Frederick, Samuel
Spouse Mary Jane nee Chingles
Children Emma, Rosanna, John, Diana, Frances, Margaret, Joseph
Place of work South Shields Corporation
Occupation General Labourer
Religion Church of England
Link to South Tyneside South Shields


Gun Shot Wound to Right Eye, Head, Legs and Foot (Amputation of 3 middle toes)


1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Silver War Badge B228300


He enlisted on the 14/08/1908 as 316719 Private Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Garrison Battery, then on the 01/07/1910 transferred to the 7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He was wounded in action on the 14/02/1916 with shrapnel to the Right Eye, Head, Legs and Foot. To no. 17 casualty clearing station then to no.15 General Hospital, France on the 15/02/1916. He was then transported to England ( Edinburgh War Hospital) on the 07/03/1916. He served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Malta from 14/12/1918 to 24/01/1919. He was discharged to 46, Bedford Street, South Shields. His Silver War Badge was under the name of J.W.Poeter.



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