The DLI numbers in the first half of this block, though to circa 4465500, seem to have been allocated mainly to 14th Battalion DLI recruits on that unit's formation in July 1940. The 14th Battalion DLI was destined never to see action in the frontline. As this consecutive listing shows, those who died on active service following basic training with the 14th DLI in 1940 had been posted subsequently to a wide range of units and theatres ranging from Burma to Libya and, eventually, Normandy and NW Europe.

The 800 or so numbers block after 4465500 were allocated to the new 16th Battalion, also in July 1940 and, as the large number of fatal casualties within this sequence testify, many soldiers within this numbers allocation stayed with this battalion from July 1940 through to it going into action in early 1943 and beyond through to 1945. However, many others were also posted subsequently to all manner of units. Notable throughout this listing as a whole are the large numbers of ex-DLI Other Ranks who ended up serving in the other infantry battalions of 139 Brigade and the 46th Division in Italy, particularly the 2nd/5th Sherwood Foresters and the 2nd/5th Leicesters. Also a significant number of DLI men were drafted out the Far East in 1942 and saw service with the 13th King’s Regiment--part of the famed ‘Chindits.’

Dawson, Cpl W, 4465003, DLI, Stalag 357, POW No 140403. Military hospital, Modena in 1943.

Lord, Pte Sam, 4465006. Died 14/7/43, serving with 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders, aged 25. Son of Richard and Eden E Lord, of Todmorden, Yorkshire; husband of Doris Lord, of Todmorden. Syracuse War Cemetery, Sicily, VI G 1.
2nd Seaforths was part of 152 Brigade of the 51st Highland Division.

Moore, Pte P G R, 4465016, serving with Sherwood Foresters at capture, Stalag 7A, POW No 137860

Murgatroyd, Pte Alec, 4465019. Died 1/10/43, serving with 13th Bn The Kings Regiment (Liverpool). No CWGC age or Next of Kin details. Born Yorkshire, enlisted Yorkshire. Rangoon Memorial, Face 5.
Enlisted DLI, 1940. Re-enforcement draft to India, 1942. Served with the 142 Commando/13th Bn Kings (Liverpool) Regiment in Burma on first Chindit expedition, 'Operation Longcloth' 1943. Died as POW, Rangoon. See this external site:

Oates, Pte Herbert 4465023. Died 2/3/43, serving with 16 DLI, aged 24. No CWGC Next of Kin details. Born Bradford, enlisted Yorkshire. Medjez-el-Bab Memorial. Face 29.

Scaife, Sgt E, 4465045. Mentioned in Despatches for services with the DLI in NW Europe. LG 9/8/45:

Southcott, Cpl Gordon Henry, 4465060. Died 7/12/44, serving with 2nd/5th Bn Leicester Regiment, aged 28. Son of Henry Alexander and Anna Alberta Southcott; husband of Greta Southcott, of Haworth, Yorkshire. City and Guilds Certificate. Phaleron War Cemetery, 19 E 17.

White, L/Cpl A W, 4465086, Stalag 4B, POW No 80618.

Thompson, Pte Percy, 4465099. Died 19/2/44, serving with 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), aged 33. Son of Percy and Annie Thompson; husband of Lily Thompson, of Hellifidd, Yorkshire. Imphal War Cemetery, 8 F 25.

Bradley, Pte John, 4465103. Died 20/3/43, serving with 9 DLI, aged 30. Son of James and Julia Bradley; husband of Annie Bradley, of Sale, Cheshire. Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Face 29.

Hawkes, L/Sgt J, 4465113, DLI. Stalag 4B, POW No 225370.

Jones, Pte E, 4465116, DLI. Stalag 4F, POW No 259515.
Previously held in Italy, PG 70, Italy, 1943.

Gascoyne, Sgt Albert, 4465141, 16th DLI, B Coy, see 1942 group photo:
Born 7/5/13. Enlisted 17/7/40 (a milkman in civilian life). Of 40 Surrey Gardens, West Gorton, Manchester. Captured Sedjenane, Tunisia, 2/3/43. Initially held PG 98, Sicily. PG 53 Italy 14/4/43 to 17/9/43; Stalag 11A 20/9/43 to 2/4/44; Stalag 357 4/4/44 to 2/5/45. German POW Number 139188.

Holland, Pte Thomas, 4465149. Died 22/3/43, serving with 9 DLI, aged 29. Husband of Florence Holland, of Standish, Lancashire. Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia, I C 14.

McGuinness, Pte James Patrick, 4465154. Died 2/4/41, serving with the Border Regiment, aged 27. Son of John and Mary McGuinness; husband of Elizabeth McGuinness, of Knotty Ash, Liverpool. Rodeweg Cemetery, Island of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, Grave A, 153.

Nugent, Gnr James, 4465155. Died 26/6/41, serving with 1/1 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery, aged 28. No CWGC Next of Kin details. Born Sale, Manchester, enlisted Sale, Manchester. Portsmouth Memorial, Panel 61, Column 2. Died at Sea. 'Killed in action.'

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