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The 13th Battlion, Durham Light Infantry

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The 13th Battlion, Durham Light Infantry was formed at Newcastle in September 1914 joined the 68th Brigade in 23rd Division, alongside the 12th Battalion. They moved to Aldershot, Hampshire in November, then to Willesborough, Kent in February 1915 and went on in May to Bramshott. The Battalion went overseas in 1915 landing at Boulogne on the 26th of August.

At the Battle of Messines the Battalion was on the northern edge of the ridge close to the mines at Hill 60 and The Caterpillar, the 69th and 70th Brigades lead the inital attack with the 68th Brigade following to strengthen the possitions gained.



Those who served with The 13th Battlion, Durham Light Infantry

at the Battle of Messines.

  • Allan
  • F. C. Lt.
  • Appleton
  • Jack K. Pte. d.8th Jun 1917
  • Bailey  
  • William Bainbridge Pte.
  • Bond  MM.
  • William Henry Pte. d.20th Sept 1917
  • Brown
  • P. A. Lt.
  • Callum  
  • Joseph A/Cpl.
  • Carden  
  • William George Pte. d.20th Sep 1917
  • Clark  
  • John Henry Pte.
  • Craddock  MM, DCM.
  • Harry Sjt. d.20th Sep 1917
  • Craddock  DCM, MM.
  • Harry Sjt. d.20th Sep 1917
  • Dann  
  • James Pte. d.5th October 1918
  • Dodds  
  • Cecil Atkinson 2nd Lt. d.5th Oct 1918
  • Golder
  • W. Lt.
  • Greenwood
  • L. M. Mjr.
  • Hamilton  
  • Archibald Lindsay 2nd Lt. d.10th Jun 1917
  • Howitt  
  • Thomas Alexander Pte. d.5th Oct 1918
  • Johnston  
  • Alfred Pte. d.18th July 1916
  • Jones
  • George Pte. d.3rd Aug 1916
  • Kelly
  • James Pte. d.7th July 1917
  • Pratt
  • J. Pte.
  • Sandall
  • D. Pte.
  • Shearer
  • Sidney James Sgt. d.3rd August 1916
  • Smith
  • Wilfred Gordon Pte. d.17th July 1916
  • Sullivan  
  • John Arthur Pte d.18th Oct 1917
  • Thompson  
  • Alfred Pte. d.25th Oct 1918
  • Thompson  
  • William Pte. d.25th Oct 1918
  • Todd  
  • Steven Pte. d.8th June 1917
  • Warrender  
  • Francis Pte. d.12th June 1917
  • White  MM.
  • Robert Bransby L/Sgt. d.20th Sep 1917
  • Youens  
  • Frederick 2nd Lt. d.7th July 1917
  • Youens  VC.
  • Frederick 2nd Lt. d.7th Jul 1917




    Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]


    BENEATH HILL 60 tells the extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward, the legendary Australian metal scientist. In 1916, Woodward faced the most difficult decision, ultimately having to separate from his new young love for the deadly carnage of the Western Front. On treacherous territory, behind the German enemy lines, Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers face a suicidal battle to defend a leaking, tunnel system. A tunnel packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.
    More information on:

    Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]




    Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)

    Nigel Cave


    The shell-ravaged landscape of Hill 60, some three miles south east of Ypres, conceals a labyrinth of tu nnels and underground workings. This book offers a guide to the memorials, cemeteries and museums at the site '


    Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

    Will Davies


    'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...' On 7th June 1917, nineteen massive mines exploded beneath Messines Ridge near Ypres. The largest man-made explosion in history up until that point shattered the landscape and smashed open the German lines. Ten thousand German soldiers died. Two of the mines - at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar - were fired by men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, comprising miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers. Drawing on the diaries of one of the key combatants, "Benealth Hill 60" tells the little-known, devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath the Western Front - a stygian battle-ground where men drowned in viscous chalk, suffocated in the blue gray clay, choked on poisonous air or died in the darkness, caught up up in vicious hand-to-han
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    Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]






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