Welcome to 6thdurhamlightinfantry.wordpress.com, the number 1 blog for the 6th Durham Light Infantry in World War One.
We’ll be adding information about the battalion and transcribing the war diary in as full a manner as possible on this site whereas our sister site – Durham Light Infantry.net – covers details of the individual men who fought with the battalion.
Its also our aim to compile as correct a version of the army lists for the 6th battalion as possible and identify those men who proceeded overseas on the night of 19th/20th April 1915.
The battalion was now distributed as follows – trench 74 and six bays of trench 75, Y Company and one platoon of Z Coy. 155 rifles; Trenches 74S, 74SS and 75S – X Company and one platoon of Z Company, 152 rifles. S.P.Y and S.P.Z – two platoon of Z Company, 80 rifles. Subsiduary Line, W Coy 156 other ranks.
Battalion marched to near Becourt Wood marching off by platoons at 9.30 a.m. In the afternoon a tent camp was set up on ground that was “No Man’s land” on 1st July 1916.
Divine service at 8.20 a.m. Training XXX out at 10 a.m. according to programme. Specialists trained separately.
Bayonet fighting and physical drill. Attack scheme at 10 a.m. by whole Battalion.
Battalion, with the exception of specialists, on fatigue erecting huts and road making. Specialists continued their training.
Wet, very little training possible.
Physical training and bayonet fighting. Bombing attack. Specialists trained separately. Working parties of 100 and 45 retrospectively in charge of 2nd Lt. XXX and 2nd Lt. Applegarth returned.