Relatives of Christopher Lowry Beattie MC, 8th Durham Light Infantry

Discussion in 'Durham Light Infantry' started by Lynda Sebire, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Lynda Sebire

    Lynda Sebire Member

    I am Christopher`s neice ..Mummy adored her older brother twins and Christopher`s death devastated her. My brother was named after him. I would love to talk to the other cousins I never met and any one related to Christopher. Having read his war record I feel so proud to share the same heritage. My son went to Durham University and I never realised the connection...but it feels so right that he was awarded his degree in the Cathedral in which Christopher is remembered. Please contact me.
  2. CL1

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

  3. Lynda Sebire

    Lynda Sebire Member

    My uncle served with The Durham Light Infantry. I am trying to find any relatives ..I never met Christopher as he died aged 24 but Mummy talked about him a lot and named my brother after him. Please if any one can help I would love to talk to you. Thank you.
  4. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Hi Lynda, did you create a family tree on Ancestry? There is one private family tree there. Christopher & William were born Dec 1919 in district Chester-Le-?, as well as Una J. Beattie in September 1917.

    An Elizabeth W. Beattie was born in South Shields Dec 1927, all to a mother with maiden name Lowery.

    Edited to add George Beattie and Evelyn Lowery married Dec 1915 Chester-Le-Street
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    His CWGC certificate reveals:


    Rank: Major
    Service No: 75176
    Date of Death: 09/09/1944
    Age: 24
    Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry, 8th Bn.
    Awards: M C
    Grave Reference: X. 18. 8.
    Additional Information: Son of George and Evelyn Beattie, of West Timperley, Cheshire.

    There is a photograph in which he appears on page 32, '8th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1939-1945 (Maj PJ Lewis - N&M Press)'. He is shown as 2/Lieut CL Beattie. The photograph was taken at Charlbury, Oxfordshire in December 1939, which is the area where the 50th (Northumbrian) Division were consolidated prior to embarkation to France in January 1940 for service with the BEF.

    Pre-WWII and as the 8th Bn Durham Light Infantry was a TA Battalion, most of the officers would have been from County Durham or at least the NE of England. Yet Christopher Beattie appears to have hailed from Cheshire. An assumption here, but he would have been circa 19 years old at the time the photograph was taken and he was therefore likely commissioned into the Durhams, and this was likely his first and only Battalion/Regiment.
  6. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

  7. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member


    Have you got the book Into Battle with the Durhams ? If you have i'm sure you will know he was badly wounded crossing the Albert canal Steelen during the fighting in the Gheel Bridgehead on 8/9/44 and DOW the next day. It states that he was a pre war Territorial Officer and had been with 8 DLI for the entire war except for a period in 1940 when he was with the Brigade Anti Tank Company,


  8. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    There is also a photo of him at the Durham County Records Office . Most of the Officers of 8 DLI had individual photos taken in May 1944 before they went to Normandy !

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