The Wartime Memories Project - 11th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

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The 11th Battalion of The Durham Light Infantry, part of the 50th Northumbrian Division, served with the BEF in 1940, in Iceland in the defence of Rauray, landed in Normandy just after D-Day and fought in NW Europe during 1944.

If you served with the 11th DLI during World War Two we would love to hear from you.

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My Dad, Jack Bullock served with the DLI 11th battalion, S company, 50th Northumbrian Division. They did training in Thetford and then landed on Gold Beach, D-Day+6. when they reached Caen there was hardly any of them left so they were joined with the Devonshire 2 regiment. He has told me recently he guarded the bridge at Nijmegen and had to look out for german frog men, he went on to Berlin and was demobbed at Plymouth.

He has never spoken about the war voluntarily. I hear bits and pieces only if I ask. I live in Australia and have been researching his time in the war. He didn't get his medals until 3 years ago when my brother sent in for them. On a visit home 2 years ago I took him to the Durham Light Infantry Museum, he quoted his number when we went in and the lady didn't charge him he said it was the only thing he ever got out of the war. I can't find much information about what 11th Battalion, all the stories I have found seem to be about the 8th Battalion.

I have found this website very interesting. I am in the medical field in Sydney Australia and it never ceases to amaze me how much the servicemen over here get from the government through the Department of Veteran's Affairs, if you are eligible for a gold card, I think for war service, all medical is free in private hospitals and all transport to and from medical appointments is covered with this card including flights, if they have to get to a City to see a specialist.There are no long waiting lists here for Veteran's. It sickens me that sometimes Dad has had to wait 3 weeks just to get an appointment with his GP and here ex servicemen wouldn't have to wait that long to see a specialist. My Dad was in his 70's before he ever went to the doctor. He never had any major illness until then, if he had a cold or something minor Mum would go to the chemist and tell them his symptoms and they would give him cough mixture or something. They built them tough in the old days.

Brenda Zizza

I was a member of the 11th Battalion of the DLI, captured at Lille in 1940. I spent the rest of the war in Stalag 8b.

We had a Sergeant in charge of our working party at a coal mine near Trzebinia, we knew him as Sgt "Krappitz". He was from County Durham. He was a great man and was like a father to us younger lads. Does anyone remember him?

I would like to get in touch with anyone who remembers Sgt "Krappitz" from those times. He was with us on the long march from Poland to Landshut where we parted company.

I would also like to get in touch with the family of one of my fellow prisoners who was killed in a accident whilst working in the coal mine in July 1944. He was about 23 or 24 years old, from London I think, I didn't know his full name but I think he may have been Pte Harry Williams of the 5th Battalion of the Hampshire Regt who died on the 15th July 1944 and is buried at the Cracow Rakowicki Cemetery.

I'd also like to hear from my friend Cecil B. Moulden who was from Stroud in Gloucestershire, we lost touch after the war.

George Black


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List of those who served with the 11th Btn Durham Light Infantry.

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