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Wearside Battalion: The 20th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry in The Great War [Hardcover]

John Sheen
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18 Oct 2007
The 20th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry was raised by the Sunderland Recruiting Committee in August 1915 and the early enlistments were sent to a tented camp in Wensleydale. As the weather closed in the battalion was moved to Barnard Castle, in County Durham. where it began training. The Battalion was allocated to the 41st Division, and as the only battalion in the division that had many miners in its ranks, it was well known for its digging ability. They joined the rest of the 41st Division in Aldershot and moved to France in May 1916. At the start of their overseas service the battalion spent much of their time in the trenches around Armentieres. They were not moved to the Somme front until the end of August and were in reserve during the successful assault at Flers. In late October they moved north to Ypres and stayed in the salient until June 1917 when they were part of the leading wave during The Battle of Messines, this was followed by actions at The Battles of the Menin Road and Polygon Wood. Then in November they moved to the Italian Front where they spent four peaceful months with few casualties until they were rushed back to France to help stop the German advance in March 1918. They fought on until the end of the war and then joined the Army of Occupation in Cologne. When the order of battle was changed 20/Durham LI became the Divisional Pioneers of the Independent Division and was the last service battalion of the regiment to disband.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; illustrated edition edition (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844156400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844156405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 17.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate 12 Jan 2008
Having spoken to the author John Sheen a few years ago when he was talking about writing this book, i sent him some photographs and information on my great uncle Pvt Arthur Coyle 20/386 who served with the Wearside battalion, i had no idea how good a job John would make of this book.
The book is really well written and researched easy to read and is full of excellent pictures, a lot from the Battalion photograph album, and lots of individual photographs people have sent to John.
This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the DLI and the great war,some great insights into trench raids,and how battalions were put together,training etc.
I cannot praise this book highly enough, and would like to thank John Sheen for doing the Battalion proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 30 Mar 2013
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Excellent book for anyone interested in the first world war , especially for people from Sunderland like myself . I found my wifes relation named in the book and there is some excellent photographs .
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