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Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry




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Those known to have served with

Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Charles George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st July 1915)
  • Angwin John Tregear. Pte 6th Batallion (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Battman Frederick William. Sgt. acting WO 1st. Battalion
  • Besant Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28 November 1914)
  • Blake Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Brabazon George Bernard. Private 1st Btn. (d.11th April 1915)
  • Brabazon George Bernard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th April 1915 )
  • Brown Alfred William.
  • Bunce Harry Frederick. Pte. 6th Btn., B Coy. (d.20th Oct 1916)
  • Cook Walter. Pte 1st Btn (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Cornell William James. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Crow Frederick. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Eccleston Thomas Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Aug 1918)
  • Eccleston Thomas Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th August 1918)
  • Goddard William. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Hawkins George. Pte. "D" Coy. 1st Bn. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Heanes Arthur. Sgt.
  • Hewson Harry. Pte. 36th Btn.
  • Hill William Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th May 1918)
  • Hinxman Joseph Frank. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd July 1916)
  • Humphries Stephen Harry. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Jones Frederick George. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Knight Alfred James. Lt. 9th Btn
  • Luscombe Thomas Mansell. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • MacLean Robert Alexander. T/Lt. 7th Battalion
  • Mather Kay Charles Bertrand. Pte. (d.3rd August 1918)
  • McKellow William Henry . Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1917)
  • Mills G.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Sep 1915)
  • Mitchell Richard James. RSM.
  • Oliver John Thomas. 14th Btn
  • Paul Henry Walter Whetham. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Pipe Arthur F.. Pte.
  • Reesby Thomas Christopher. L/Cpl 6th Btn. (d.17th Sept 1915)
  • Riley Harold. Lt. 250th Tunnelling Company
  • Sandercock Leonard. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.18th Apr 1917)
  • Sandercock Samuel James. Pte 10th Btn (d.31st July 1916)
  • Shakeshaft Arthur. Cpl. 6th Btn (d.16th Sept 1916)
  • Snell Herbert John. WO2. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jun 1918)
  • Thomas Richard Stanley John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.10th Jun 1916)
  • Trevartha Ivor Garfield. L/Cpl. 1/5th Battaleon
  • Udy William James.
  • Watkins John. Pte 6th Btn (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Welch Francis Harry. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Welch Francis Harry. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Williams William John. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.17th May 1915)
  • Wiseman Frank. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1917)

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John Thomas Oliver 14th Btn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

My grandfather, John Thomas Oliver, was in the 14th DCLI and he must have experienced the introduction of the "Tank". I have a book which was left to me titled "The History Of The Duke Of Cornwall's Light Infantry 1914/ 1919" by Everard Wyrall. In this book my grandfather has highlighted the action he was involved in and makes for an interesting read and seems live even to this day. I have campaign maps and drawings associated with this book.

Although grandad was gassed and sent back to UK he got posted back to do some more "Damage"! He lived a long life after the Great War and it was a pleasure to know him even though I was young at the time. He was a great man and my Hero!!

Jonathan Oliver




1205779

Pte. Francis Harry Welch 2/4th Btn. Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry (d.31st Oct 1918)

Francis Harry Welch died on 31st October 1918, aged 21 and is buried in the Delhi War Cemetery in India. He was the son of William Henry and Keturah Jane Welch of Stepps Advent Cornwall.

An extract taken from the Cornish & Devon Post dated 30/11/1918: We produce above a portrait of Private F. H. Welch, D.C.L.I., second son of Mr & Mrs W. H. Welch of Advent, Camelford whose death in India from influenza at the age of 21 years we recorded last week. A bright and cheerful boy, he was beloved by all who new him. Private Welch enlisted in 1914 and had been in India nearly two years. An elder brother is in India and another is serving this country. The bereaved family called upon to mourn the loss of an excellent son have the sympathy of one and all.

s flynn




1205764

Sgt. Arthur Heanes Machine Gun Corps

My great uncle, Sgt Arthur Heanes, ex Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry, is the goal keeper in this MGC Football team - location unknown - only clue, is the picture was produced in Grantham.

Clive Hardy




240811

Lt. Harold Riley MC. 250th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers.

Harold Riley enlisted in the Duke of Cornwalls L.I. on 2nd of Sept 1914. He had previously served in the London University O.T.C. and was awarded a BSc Hons (Engineering). On 24th of Sept 1914, he was promoted to Lance Sergeant and on 12th of Feb 1915 to Sergeant. He left the DCLI in France on selection for a commission and joined the RE on 21 Oct as Lieutenant in the 250th Tunnelling Company.

Harold was wounded on 20th 1917 and underwent an operation to his hand at the London General Hospital, Wandsworth. He rejoined his unit on 8th of Jan 1918. Harold was badly wounded on 21st of March 1918 when his company (now the 172 Tunnelling Company was occupying trenches near Flucquières. Harold was awarded the Military cross, gazetted on 1st Jan 1918.

On 6th of Dec 1918 his wounds were assessed to be permanent and he was awarded a war wound gratuity and pension. He left the army on 8 May 1919.

Harold Riley's full war history was researched in 2006 by Chris Wesley.

Cerdic Warrillow




227360

Pte. Thomas Edward Eccleston 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.20th August 1918)

Thomas Eccleston was born in Wolverhampton on 17th May 1893. His father Alfred and mother Anne christened him at St Anne's Parish. Thomas was working in Coppice colliery known as the Fair Lady before enlisting. He was married in December 1914 to Emily Agnes Kathleen Horton.

When he enlisted he was in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (23535) before being transfered to the South Wales Borderers (27655). I am lead to believe he had several near misses, one being his troop ship being torpedoed.

He was killed in action on 20th August 1918 at Outtensteene Ridge. Thomas is buried in France and is commemorated on the Willenhall Memorial under the name `Eccleshall'. His wife remarried and left Heath for the Wirral. By the time the memorial was built in 1927 the locals couldn't remember Thomas's surname, hence the mistake. He left a daughter Dorothy and a son Frank Thomas George. I am his great grandson.

K Moss




226070

Lt. Alfred James Knight MID. 9th Btn Gloucestershire Regiment

Alfred Knight joined up as a boy soldier in the Grenadier Guards and was later transferred to the 1st Gloucesters, with whom he saw much foreign service. Serving 12 years in India and then in the Boer War where he was taken prisoner. Upon his return to England he was stationed in various depots and was at one time recruiting sergeant for the Gloucesters in Stroud, before retiring from the service.

On the out break of the Great War he rejoined the colours and accompanied the 9th Battalion to France, serving at a time when heavy losses were suffered. He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1915. Subsequently he transferred to the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry where he obtained a commission as Lieutenant and saw service in the East. Upon his return to home on the 26th January 1921, he retired from the army but continued to be associated with the Territorials of Gloucestershire.

James Smith




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Pte Samuel James Sandercock 10th Btn Duke of Cornwall Light Infantary (d.31st July 1916)

Samuel Sandercock was born in abt. 1884 in Luxulyan, Cornwall, Sam was a private in the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry 10th Battalion. He was killed in action on the 31st July 1916. His name is listed at Thiepval Memorial in France, indicating that his body was sadly not recovered from the field of battle. He is also listed on the Treverbyn, St Austell memorial.

Steve Sandercock




225796

Pte. Harry Hewson 36th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

My great uncle Harry Hewson joined the 35th Btn of the Northumberland Fusiliers during WW1 and was later transferred to the 36th Btn. He had previously served in The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry before joining the Northumberland Fusiliers. He must have ended the war in the Northumberland Fusiliers as this is stated on his war medals.

Peter Clixby




225240

Pte. Thomas Edward Eccleston 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.20th Aug 1918)

Thomas Edward Eccleston born 17th May 1893 at Willenenhall, Wolverhampton, his father's name Alfred and mother Anne. Thomas enlisted in the DCLI in 1915 in Walsall, no. 52535 or 52565 (I can't make out on his medal card). Somewhere he transfered to the South Wales Borderers, no. 27655. He had several near misses before being killed in action in the battle for Outtersteene Ridge. He left his wife, Emily Agnes Kathleen, his daughter Dorothy and son Frank Thomas George, who he never met. He is buried in Baileul Outtersteene Communal Cemetery and his name is on the memorials of Willenhall and at Heyes Heath under the name Eccleshall (a misprint of Eccleston).

K Moss




225134

Pte. Arthur F. Pipe Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Arthur Pipe arrived in France on the 21st Aug 1914. He also served with the Devon Regiment, Service No. 19696 and Hampshire Regiment, Service No. 28941

s flynn




224866

WO2. Herbert John Snell 1st Btn. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infanty (d.28th Jun 1918)

C.S.M. Herbert Snell served with the 1st Bn. DCLI and was wounded at the Battle of Le Cateau in 1914. He then served for most of the war with the 3rd Btn. in UK and only returned to France in 1918 to rejoin 1st Btn. He survived the German attack in April 1918, where he was involved in the defence of Hazebrouck. He was killed in the Action at La Becque of 28th June 1918. He is buried in the War Graves Cemetery in Thiennes, France.

Later Grave Stone for CSM HJ Snell

David Snell




224786

Pte. William Goddard 1/4th Btn. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (d.4th May 1917)

William Goddard died aged 27. He is commemorated on the Savona Memorial in the Savona Town Cemetery in Italy. He was the son of William Goddard and husband of Edith R. Lynn (formerly Goddard, nee East) of 3 Wheatley Street, Coventry.

S Flynn




224746

Pte. Francis Harry Welch 2nd/4th Btn. Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry (d.31st Oct 1918)

Francis Harry Welch Died 31st October 1918, aged 21 and is buried in the Delhi War Cemetery, India. He was the son of William Henry and Keturah Jane Welch of Stepps Advent Cornwall

Extract taken from the Cornish & Devon Post dated 30/11/1918: "We produce above a portrait of Private F. H. Welch, D.C.L.I., second son of Mr & Mrs W. H. Welch of Advent, Camelford whose death in India from influenza at the age of 21 years we recorded last week. A bright and cheerful boy, he was beloved by all who new him. Private Welch enlisted in 1914 and had been in India nearly two years. An elder brother is in India and another is serving this country. The bereaved family called upon to mourn the loss of an excellent son have the sympathy of one and all."

s flynn




224604

Pte. Charles George Adams 2nd Btn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (d.1st July 1915)

The DCLI records show that Charles Adams joined up at Stratford on the 31st of August 1914, only a few weeks after the outbreak of war. He was just a few days short of his 20th birthday, though the record shows him as being 20 years old.

Charles arrived in France on 30th of April 1915, which was also the day he wrote his will. After arrival in France, he was soon in the trenches near Sanctuary Wood in the Ypres Salient as part of A Coy 2 DCLI. Later the battalion moved to Houplines further South of Ypres.

He was one of three soldiers killed in trench 80 near Houplines on the 1st of July 1915 by a German trench mortar. The other two soldiers killed were Pte Drew and Pte Andrews. The Battalion War Diary describes how the three died even down to the time, it says: "Between 2 & 3 am No. 80 Trench was again bombarded by a trench mortar, 15 bombs were fired 2 of which landed in the trenches killing 3 and wounding 2 men. At 11:30 am enemy working parties were observed in the neighbourhood of LES 4 HALLOTS FARM and further South. They appeared to be employed on making communication trenches behind their first line but work was stopped by our fire. Our snipers accounted for 3 enemy snipers in front of trenches 80 & 81 behind the enemy's second line. In the evening a trench howitzer was brought up to 80 trench to deal with the enemy's trench mortar should it again become active. The artillery were also pointed out the position of the enemy's trench mortar & and were kept in readiness to cooperate with the trench howitzer if required. Casualties 3 other ranks killed and 2 wounded." The War Diary records that the trench mortar had been firing for some days and usually at about the same time.

Pte. Charles George Adams No.11937 2 DCLI, was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was 20 years old at the time of his death and had been on active service for just two months and two days.

Charles's uncle, my grandfather Albert Alexander Adams, also served in 2 DCLI and though he was reported, on 28th of May, as being wounded, we believe he was with Charles on that fateful 1st July. Grandfather survived the War though wounded and gassed. The family say he was a broken man on his return home, he died aged 46 from various lung problems, no doubt caused by the gassing.

Keith Adams




224262

Cpl. Arthur Shakeshaft 6th Btn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (d.16th Sept 1916)

Arthur Shakeshaft came from Heswall, Wirral, Cheshire and was a green grocer's assistant. His mother was Alice Jane Shakeshaft. He is buried at Thiepval. He began in the Royal Field Artillery but was transferred to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He was 23 years old when he died. He was related to my father, Samuel Williams.

Norma Diston




224078

Pte. Thomas Mansell Luscombe 8th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Thomas Luscombe was my maternal Grandfather who died of Maleria after the War.





223299

T/Lt. Robert Alexander MacLean 7th Battalion Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Robert MacLean was a Canadian who enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers in 1914 and was shipped to Britain and then transferred into the British Army. He was commissioned as a Temporary Lieutenant in the DCLI on 2nd of January 1915 according to the London Gazette. He survived the war with the rank of (Staff) Captain and died in 1964.

David Kennedy




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Pte. Stephen Harry Humphries 5th Btn. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Stephen Harry Humphries was born on the 29th of May 1899 and lived at 30, Main Street, Long Lawford, a small village, near Rugby.

He signed up to join at Rugby Volunteer Office in January 1916. Being under age, so many of his friends lied about their ages too. He was transferred to Birmingham a holding place for the volunteers, then they were all dispersed to various regiments. He was transferred to Newquay, then on to the Duke of Cornwalls regiment, ready for training, where part of it took place at Falmouth. Early April 1916 they were moved to Pereham Down, near Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire for further training. Later in April 1916 another move to Tidmouth, and were converted into the 5th D.C.L.I. Pioneer Battalion and attached to the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

On the 21st May 1916 he set sail for France, landing at Le Harve. He was still only 16 years old, and this was his start of his journey in WW1. So many tales he told of the rats eating their rations and bootlaces. Some of the stories are too horrific for me to put down on paper.

He was demobbed at Exeter in April 1920 and was given his rail warrant to return home, where sad news was awaiting him on his return. He had lost his twin brother, Percy Humphries, in The Battle of Arras on the 9th April 1917. As he marched into Arras in May 1917 he had no idea how close they were to each other, and what had happened, also he had lost so many friends from home.

My father died 5th December 1984. So proud of you Dad. Your loving daughter.

Pamela Whittaker




222646

Pte. William John Williams 4th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (d.17th May 1915)

William Williams was my wife's uncle, brother of her mother. He joined the D.C.L.I. at Bodmin, Cornwall, was posted to Flanders and was sadly killed on 17th of May 1915 aged 19 years of age. We cannot discover where he is buried, all of his relatives of that age have passed away.





222623

Pte. William Henry McKellow 1st Btn. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (d.3rd Oct 1917)

Private William Henry McKellow, served with the 1st Battalion, Duke Of Cornwalls Light Infantry, he died during the Battle of Passchendaele on the 3rd of October 1917. He was 20 years old.

Mark Probyn




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