1914-18 Roll of Honour – 5th DLI

1914-18 Roll of Honour – 5th DLI

The 5th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was a Territorial battalion raised in and around Stockton-on-Tees.

At the outbreak of the Great War it was part of the York and Durham Brigade, Northumbrian Division.  In August 1914 the battalion was called back from annual camp to prepare for war.  In April 1915 the battalion was sent to France where it became part of the 50th (Northumbrian Division).

The battalion fought at Second Ypres in 1915, on the Somme in 1916 and at the battles of Arras and Third Ypres (Passchendaele) in 1917.

In February 1918 it was transferred to 151 Brigade and saw action again on the Somme and at the Battle of the Lys.

As a result of the heavy losses suffered by the battalion it was reduced to cadre strength and in August 1918 was again transferred, this time to 117 Brigade, 39th Division where it was primarily engaged in training the newly arrived American troops.  The battalion continued in this role until November 1918 when it was disbanded.

The battalion’s losses throughout the Great War are recorded in this Roll of Honour…