Territorial D.L.I

Discussion in 'Durham Light Infantry' started by Gary Helyer, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Gary Helyer

    Gary Helyer Member

    Hi .My father C.W.Helyer of Stockton served pre war in the T.A,
    The parent unit was R.A but my dad was RASC and went to another unit on call-up.
    Has anyone any details of the Stockton unit? Please
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welcome to the forum.

    My DLI knowledge is limited but I understand 5th Battalion DLI TA were based at Stockton on Tees before WW2. I’m sure a DLI expert will be along soon.

    In the build up to war they were redesignated an anti aircraft unit and were divided, first as 1/5th and 2/5th, which became 54th and 55th Searchlight Regiments, Royal Artillery.

    Your best bet would be to get a copy of his service records via this link.

    Requests for personal data and service records: a detailed guide

    Good Luck

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  3. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    They were no longer DLI they retained an affiliation but were R.A. The service number will tell you if he enlisted before the conversion took place . 443**** or 444**** or 445**** are pre conversion numbers .

    Steve (Tullybrone) is 100% correct in his answer. :)

    1/5th Bn, DLI became 54th Searchlight Regt with 412 and 413 Coys at Stockton Drill Hall. Prior to conversion I think it was `A `Coy, 5th Bn, Durham Light Infantry at Stockton Drill Hall ?


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