The Durham Light Infantry [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 04.09.2005
The  Durham Light Infantry
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1881.07.01 The Durham Light Infantry
organised as the county regiment of Durham, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1968.07.01 united with The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, to form The Light Infantry
The Durham Light Infantry, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
The Story of The Durham Light Infantry (Regimental Museum site)
The Durham Light Infantry, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Durham Light Infantry, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    68th Regimental District at Sunderland [1881-1905]
    J Group at Farnborough [1946-1948]
    Light Infantry Brigade at Strensall [1948-1968]
    1st Battalion [1881-1968]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (1st or North Durham Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
4th Battalion (2nd or South Durham Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  Territorial Battalions, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
3rd (Sunderland) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
5th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Battalion [1881-1908]
5th Battalion [1908-1940]
6th Battalion [1908-1967]
6th/8th (T) Battalion [1967-1971]
7th Battalion [1908-1936]
8th Battalion [1908-1967]
9th Battalion [1908-1948]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/5th Battalion [1915-1919]
5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
2/6th Battalion [1915-1919]
6th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
2/7th Battalion [1915-1919]
7th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
2/8th Battalion [1915-1917]
8th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
2/9th Garrison Battalion [1914-1920]
9th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
2/9th Battalion [1915-1919]
10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
10th Battalion [1939-1947]
10th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers) [1914-1919]
11th Battalion [1939-1947]
12th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
12th (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion [1939-1940]
13th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
13th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
2/13th (Home Defence) Battalion [1940-1941]
14th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
14th Battalion [1940-1943?]
15th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
15th Battalion [1940-1942]
16th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
16th Battalion [1940-1943?]
17th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
17th Battalion [1940-1943]
18th (1st County) (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
18th (Home Defence) Battalion [1941-1941]
19th (Service) Battalion [1915-1919]
20th (Wearside) (Service) Battalion [1915-1920]
21st (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
22nd (3rd County Pioneers) (Service) Battalion [1915-1918]
23rd (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
25th (Works) Battalion [1916-1917]
26th Battalion [1917-1919]
27th Battalion [1917-1919]
28th (Home Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
29th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
30th Battalion [1941-1942]
50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
51st (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]
[combined battle honours of 68th Regiment and 106th Regiment, plus:]

Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [37 battalions]:   Aisne 1914 '18, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915 '17 '18, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Hooge 1915, Loos, Somme 1916, '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Hill 70, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Marne 1918, Tardenois, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Macedonia 1916-18, Egypt 1915-16, N.W. Frontier India 1915 1916-17, Archangel 1918-19

Afghanistan 1919

The Second World War:  Dyle, Arras counter attack, St. Omer-La Bassée, Dunkirk 1940, Villers Bocage, Tilly sur Seulles, Defence of Rauray, St. Pierre La Vielle, Gheel, Roer, Ibbenburen, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Syria 1941, Halfaya 1941, Tobruk 1941, Relief of Tobruk, Gazala, Gabr el Fachri, Zt el Mrasses, Mersa Matruh, Point 174, El Alamein, Mareth, Sedjenane I, El Kourzia, North Africa 1940-43, Landing in Sicily, Solarino, Primosole Bridge, Sicily 1943, Salerno, Volturno Crossing, Teano, Monte Camino, Monte Tuga, Gothic Line, Gemmano Ridge, Cosina Canal Crossing, Pergola Ridge, Cesena, Sillaro Crossing, Italy 1943-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Cos, Middle East 1943, Malta 1942, Donbaik, Kohima, Mandalay, Burma 1943-45

Korea 1952-53

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02

Uniform: dark green tunic, blue trousers; facings: dark green; piping: white
  1957.12.24 HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Angus Ogilvy, LG, GCVO
1881 [1st Bn:] F.M. Lord William Paulet, GCB [also 97th Foot; AG 1865-70]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir John Jarvis Bisset, KCMG, CB
1894.05.26 Lt-Gen. Sir William Augustus Fyers, KCB
1895.11.11 Gen. Eyre Challenor Henry (Massey), 4th Baron Clarina, CB
1897.12.17 Gen. Sir Reginald Ramsay Gipps, GCB
1908.09.11 Maj-Gen. Russell Upcher, CB, DSO
1923.01.27 Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick Spencer Robb, KCB, KCMG, KCVO
1928.10.22 Gen. Sir Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle, KCB, KCMG, DSO
1934.07.07 Maj-Gen. Charles Camac Luard, CB, CMG
1937.09.14 Brig-Gen. Hubert Horatio Shirley Morant, DSO
1940.04.13 Col. Claude Leonard Matthews, DSO
1947.08.27 Brig. John Atherton Churchill, CBE, DSO, MC
1952.04.10 Lt-Gen. Sir Terence Sydney Airey, KCMG, CB, CBE
1956.07.01 Gen. Sir Joseph Noward Nigel Poett, KCB, DSO
1965.10.01 Maj-Gen. Abdy Henry Gough Ricketts, CB, DSO [continued 1968 as Dep. Col. The Light Inf]

Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Durham Light Infantry Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Sound Clips of Veterans of WW2 (Museum site)
Boer War Roll of Honour, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
World War I Roll of Honour, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
CANLOAN Roster, Second World War, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
Durham Record Office: Lists of Service Personnel in First and Second World Wars
Motto: Faithful
Anniversaries: Inkerman (5 Nov.)
Freedoms: Durham (15 Mar. 1944), Sunderland (10 June 1944), Hartlepool (22 Apr.1958)
Marches: quick: The Light Barque
  double: The Keel Row
  double: Monymusk
  slow: Old 68th
  • Band History, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
  • Bandmasters, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
  • Civic Honours, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)

The Winnipeg Light Infantry

The Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Regiment 1921-1964
2nd Battalion (Canterbury, and Nelson-Marlborough and West Coast Regiment), Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1964-1968
11th Battalion, The Baloch Regiment
The Durham Light Infantry Association, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, Durham (Durham County Council site)
Durham Light Infantry Museum, Durham (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Durham Light Infantry Museum, Durham, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
Regimental Chapel, Durham Cathedral, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
Regimental Journal:
Regimental journal, The Durham Light Infantry.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





First World War:


Second World War:



Records of the Durham Light Infantry at Durham Record Office (search form)
www Bibliography, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
www Regimental Book List (Museum site)