Research on a soldier: John Heslington, 16 DLI, 15/09/1943

Discussion in 'Durham Light Infantry' started by Freesoldier, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    Hi all! I'm a new User in this forum. Somebody can help me? I ask if there is a photo or some documents about a soldier missing in Mediterranean area. His name was John Heslington, killed in 1943 and born in 1923.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Is this him??

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: John Heslington
    Given Initials: J
    Rank: Private
    Death Date: 15 Sep 1943
    Number: 4469800
    Birth Place: Durham (County)
    Residence: Durham (County)
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Italy
    Regiment at Death: Durham Light Infantry
    Branch at Death: Infantry


    Service Number 4469800
    Died 15/09/1943
    Aged 20
    16th Bn.
    Durham Light Infantry
    Son of John and Albertina Heslington, of Low Spennymoor, Co. Durham.
  3. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Seems there are still Heslington families in Spennymoor, that may be the best source of a photo.
    He is commemorated in the Spennymoor War Memorial in the Town Hall (Column 2) as well as the Memorial in Cheapside.
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  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    16 DLI were part of 139 Infantry Brigade who were themselves part of 46 Infantry Division. At the time of his death on 15 Sep 44, 46 Infantry Division were fighting to break through the Gothic Line.

    The Division had crossed the River Conca and stalled in front of Coriano Ridge. After a massive and successful attack by 1 Armoured Division and 5 Canadian Armoured Division on Coriano Ridge, the Division was pushed left towards Montescudo and it was in this operation that he was killed.


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  5. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    I am at the Cassino Memorial in May 18 if you would like a photo of his name on that memorial.


  6. CL1

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

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  7. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    Yes, thank you.
  8. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    Is there a photo on a document or a newspaper?

    Like WW1; I saw some soldiers on newspaper of 1916
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  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum, Freesoldier.

    You may wish to contact Jim who runs this Durham Light Infantry rememberance site: 16 DLI N.Africa & Italy


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  10. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    28 South Terrace, Spennymoor, Durham
    John Heslington 29 Oct 1888 Incapacitated
    Albertina Heslington 30 Jan 1895 Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Raymond Heslington 01 Jan 1920 Incapacitated
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
  11. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Well-Known Member

    There's a good Peter Hart Voices From The Front account of the battalion at this time, helpfully entitled 16th Durham Light Infantry in Italy 1943-45; I got mine (in Kindle format) from Amazon for £4-odd I think.
  12. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    I did some researches, he was in Salorno. But is there a Durham's regiment website ?
  13. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    I've asked to an official website, for example a Veterans Association....I don't know how contact Jim
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    "then please contact me at whoproudlyserved(at) - replace (at) with @"

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  16. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Hi Freesoldier,
    There is a Durham Light infantry Association and Friends Group they have a blog on it they link to the website mentioned above ?

    DLI Museum Friends

    When you ask for documents ? What type of documents do you mean or need?
    Can you tell us a little more about your interest in 4469800 Pte Heslington ?

    I sense a little reluctance in contacting Jim ? I asked your questions for you...

    Do you have any documents relating to 4469800 Heslington ?

    Answer;- What kind of documents ? Service records ? Apply to the MoD. I have the casualty notifications that`s all.

    Do you have a photo of Heslington ?

    Answer;- No, well not knowingly I have group photos but these are un-named?

    Do you know if there`s any newspaper reports featuring Heslington ?

    Answer;- Not aware of any ? This isn`t someone selling medals is it?

    There you have it

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  17. Freesoldier

    Freesoldier Member

    Well, I'm interested to search more about killed in WW2 in my town and I haven't documents, any help is good for me
  18. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Thank you for clarifying your interest in 4469800 Pte Heslington , as this soldier has no known grave I am assuming you have already sourced some information to suggest he was killed in your Town ? I`ll ask for his listing to be sent over to me. What I wonder are you in possession of to suggest you know his place of death? :)

  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Except he died in 1943 ;)
  20. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Your previous enquiry was regarding Castel di Sangro, which the Allies reached in late 1943.

    This enquiry mentions that Heslington was in Salorno, but that's in the Tyrol area where the Allies didn't reach in 1943.
    Do you mean SALERNO,

    Which is your home town, in Italy? What information do you have to connect Heslington with Salorno, and how did he get there, was he an escaped PoW?

    The 16th Bn lost 4 men that day, 3 have known graves in Salerno
    HORN, LAWRENCE HORACE. Private. 4464776. Wednesday, September 15, 1943. Age 29
    SALERNO WAR CEMETERY. Durham Light Infantry

    BROOM, CHARLES. Private. 4203718. Wednesday, September 15, 1943. Age 27
    SALERNO WAR CEMETERY. Durham Light Infantry.

    RICHARDSON, THOMAS. Corporal. 4466269. Wednesday, September 15, 1943. Age 31
    SALERNO WAR CEMETERY. Durham Light Infantry

    but Heslington has no known grave and is commemorated at Cassino
    HESLINGTON, JOHN. Private. 4469800. Wednesday, September 15, 1943. Age 20.
    CASSINO MEMORIAL. Durham Light Infantry

    Broom and Richardson were originally buried at Pontecagnano. Horn was recovered, amongst many others from "isolated sites".
    It probably needs someone to access the War Diary to see what happened and where.

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