The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes
The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes
The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes
The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes
The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes

The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes

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The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes
The Fifth Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1914-1918, by Major A. L. Raimes

Hardback published by 'A Committee of Past and Present Officers of the Battalion' in 1931, 227 pages. Hardback (S8306WSO)

From the preface: This book has been written primarily for the officers and men who served with the 5th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry during the Great War. I hope, however, that it will prove to be of some interest to the general public, and particularly to those who were members of other units of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division.

The narrative is based on the Battalion War Diary, supplemented by information obtained from personal diaries and letters and from other sources. Every effort has been made to arrive at strict accuracy, and each section has been discussed most carefully with officers and men who took part in the events described. It is probable, however, that, in spite of all precautions, I have made many mistakes, and I can only express my very great regret to those affected. Most of the papers of both the Battalion and the 150th Infantry Brigade were lost in the disaster on the Aisne in May, 1918, and for that reason I have been able to give very few details of individual performances for most of the period covered by the book. There are no complete records available of casualties and decorations, but I have done my best to compile lists for the 5th Durham Light Infantry from the War Diary, Battalion Part II. Orders, and from personal recollections. In these circum­stances mistakes and omissions are inevitable. In the narrative I have not, generally speaking, added to the names of officers and men the letters indicating decorations or medals to which they were entitled, and I have ascribed to them the ranks which they held without distinguishing between acting and substantive ranks.

So many old officers and men of the Battalion have helped me with valuable information and advice that it would be invidious to mention names, and I must content myself with thanking them collectively for the great assistance they have given me.
Chapters include:

Preparation.
The Second Battle Of Ypres, 1915.
Kemmel And Armentieres, 1915.
Winter In The Salient, 1915/16.
At Kemmel Again, 1916.
The Battle Of The Somme, 1916.
Winter On The Somme, 1916/17.
The Battle Of Arras, 1917.
The Arras Sector, 1917.
The Third Battle Of Ypres, 191, And Another Winter In The Salient.
The Retreat Of The Fifth Army, March, 1918.
The Battle Of The Lys, 1918.
The Last Fight, May 27th, 1918.
The 2/5th And 3/5th Battalions The Durham Light Infantry.
List Of Appendices.
Roll Of Honour.
Summary Of Casualties.
Roll Of Officers And Men Who Went To Flanders With The Battalion In April, 1915.
Summary Of Honours And Decorations.
Record Of Battles And Engagements.
Notes On The Illustrations.

The condition of the book is generally ok. The dark green cover boards have several scuffs and blemishes, and light nibbling, fraying, bumping and wear along the edges and corners. Inside, there is writing in pen on the first page, and some light yellowing throughout. The book includes 18 maps, of which 7 are fold out two leaf maps -  one of these seven maps ('The Battle of the Aisne 1918') is missing, but all others are present. All of these fold out maps are now loose leaf and detached from the binding. All remaining pages are unblemished, intact and bound.
Condition New