Help needed on Durham Light Infantry from D-Day landing and beyond

Discussion in 'Durham Light Infantry' started by Zunami, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Thanks. I was there in the early ‘90s. Pouring down with rain though. Looking forward to my return.
     
  2. I posted this letter from my grandfather to his Oxford college on Ancestry several years ago now. If you’ve got that you’ve probably got most of the stuff I have.

    Regards,

    Bob Allen
     
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Casualty
    Lieutenant ALLEN, ROBERT
    Service Number 292472
    Died 10/09/1944
    Aged 20
    Royal Warwickshire Regiment
    M C
    Son of William Frederick and Ethel Allen, of Bedworth, Warwickshire.
    INSCRIPTION: TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE
    Buried at GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
    Cemetery/memorial reference: III.A.12.
    From Concentration Report, original Field Burial:
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    Recommendation for Award for Allen, Robert Rank: Lieutenant Service No: ... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/51/208
    Name Allen, Robert
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 292472
    Regiment: 6 Battalion Durham Light Infantry
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 01 March 1945
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  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    No idea if he already had this but once I found it this afternoon I forwarded it onto him (once I posted it here :) ).

    Kyle
     
  5. Robert Bruce

    Robert Bruce New Member

    Hello

    I'm doing some research into my father's cousin who served with the 6th DLI. His name was John Robert Maddison and he was killed Aug 9th 1944 aged 19. The DLI1920 website confirms he was one of those killed near Le Plessis. I want to apply for a copy of the war diary but was hoping someone here might be able to help confirm which company he was part of before I do so?

    Any help much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Robert Bruce

     
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Hello Robert and welcome
    have you applied for his service records (we always say this but I found them very useful in tracing my fathers service path)
    Get a copy of military service records


    I checked he does not show on the Iron Bridge War Memorial

    Private MADDISON, JOHN ROBERT
    Service Number 1465822

    Died 09/08/1944

    Aged 19

    6th Bn.
    Durham Light Infantry

    Son of Gerald Bates Maddison and Francis Josephine Maddison, of Iron Bridge, Shropshire.


    INSCRIPTION
    TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO LOVE IS NOT TO DIE R.I.P.
    Buried at TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Calvados, France
    Number of casualties: 1143

    Cemetery/memorial reference: V. D. 11.


    regards
    Clive
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Pvt John Robert Maddison (Unknown-1944) - Find A...
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    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: John Maddison
    Given Initials: J P
    Rank: Private
    Death Date: 9 Aug 1944
    Number: 14654822
    Birth Place: Shropshire
    Residence: Shropshire
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: Durham Light Infantry
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    Obviously an error in the 'Given Initials' section

    TD
     
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  8. Robert Bruce

    Robert Bruce New Member

    Thanks for the reply Clive. I'm about to make the application for the service records with the blessing of his half-sister.

    I've always thought it strange he isn't on the Ironbridge Memorial, I still have family in that area so visit frequently. I've been lead to believe he may be on a memorial in Harrogate or York area which is where his father came from originally. It's something I need to investigate further. My late father who was 8yrs younger remembered him like a big brother so we have a reasonable amount of info and have been to his grave at Tilly a few times. I'd like to know more about the route he took Jun44 - Aug44 thus the post on this thread.

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    Regards
    Robert
     
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  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  11. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Good Morning Robert ,

    I sent your post to the DLI 1920-46 website and he is doubtful that John Robert Maddison was killed at Le Plessis and has even changed the text on the action to clarify this. The amended text can be found on TDs link. Jim replied;-

    Sorry Robert it looks like a bit more research for you.

    Kyle
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020
  12. Robert Bruce

    Robert Bruce New Member

    Hi Kyle

    Thank you very much for taking the time to help out with this. I did know he was initially buried at Beauvais and did wonder geographically why that was the case. I hadn't investigated the Beauvais link at all so wasn't aware it didn't fall until 30th August so I imagine TD's explanation is a very likely scenario. I'm now waiting for his service records with anticipation, hopefully it can help shed some light. Will update this thread further if I can add anything as it may be of interest to others.

    Thanks again.

    Kind regards
    Robert
     
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I can provide you with a copy of the 1944 diary at my usual rate of 10p per page if you are happy to donate the cost to my son's just giving page.
     

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