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Durham Light Infantry

Durham Light Infantry

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The Durham Light Infantry history illustrated with the uniforms they wore.
The Durham Light Infantry history illustrated with the uniforms they wore.

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categoriesTypes, Research, History
Published by: Herbert Hillary Booker 2nd on Jul 10, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

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FROM
COALFIELT)
TO
BATTLEFIELT)
The
roadto
Dunkirk
revisited
 
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book
belongs
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The
Beginnings
of
this
Book
This
book
olves
a
great
deal
to
my
U:rcle
Thomas,
an old
age
pensioner
no\
',
but
in
his
yoqnger
days,
a
bit
of
a
family
black
sheep,
an
artist,
a
musician,
and
Durham
Light
infantryman.
At
ttre
age
of
18
he
went
to.Wat
Posted
rrissing
in
action
at Dunkirk
he
eventually
turned
up
back
home
in
a
French'niforrn
two
stone
lighter
than
when
the retreat
began
but
otherwise
in
one
piece.
Certainlymy
Uncle
Thomaswas no
paragonof
military
virtue.
He
puts
me
in
the
mind
of
private
John
Greene
who over
a
hundredyears
earlier had
soldiered
with
the Durhamsand the
"Iron
Duke"
in
Spain.
Living
to a
ripe
old
age
John
Greenealso
told thetale
in
hisown
little
book
of how
as
ayoung
man
in
tle
O^Atn
foot
nJa
aoagea
floggingsand
firing
squads
and
foqht
tJ:e
Frenchwhen
he
hadto.
*
I
must
havebeen
about
12
or
13
yearsold when
I
first
heardmyUncle I'homasrecall
the
hardships
ofa
soldiers
:
life.
Rummaging
in
my
Granny'ssiileboard
I'd
found
some
postcards
he'dsent
home
from
France
in
1940
and
a
I
photo
taken
of
himat tlrc
time.
I
I
was keeu
to know
rrore
about
it
and
as
Uncle
Ttpmas
rvas
upstairs wallpapering
the
front
bedroomhe
couldn,t
very-
easilyge]
out
of
teuing
me.
What
I
heardthen,
back
in
fg$
about
fixetlbaionets,
fiIth
colq4nists
and
the
:-
hard
roadbackto
Dunkirk
werethe beginnings
of
this
book.
<V"il---,{g\
Gavin;tohrPurdon
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