8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry Officers 1941

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  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Tatler 5th March 1941
     
  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Casualties:

    Back Row:
    Major Jimmy Kailofer 153376 Died of Wounds 9 August 1944
    Lieut. RHR Robinson 130757 Killed in Action 8 June 1942
    Lieut. JF Gedge 88714 Killed in Action 22 March 1943
    Centre Row:
    Capt. IS Turnbull 72976 Killed in Action 2 November 1942
    Capt. John N Wheatley 130394 Killed in Action 11 June 1944
    Capt. DH Claye 117991 Died as POW (Germany) 29 November 1942
    Capt. PH Bower 76949 Killed in Action 15 June 1942

    Jimmy Kailofer and John Wheatley were 2 of the 14 counsel, defending the 50 Div Durhams (6th, 8th & 9th Bns Durham Light Infantry) during the Salerno Mutiny trials. Jimmy was originally from Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland and schooled at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, Northumberland (1928-33). John was from near Reading.
     
  3. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Awards for those in photograph at post no. 1:

    BEF:
    Major RS McLaren - DSO
    Capt. TF Duggan - MC
    Lt-Col CW Beart MC - MiD
    2/Lieut DH Claye - MiD
    Major RS McLaren - MiD

    Middle East:
    Lt-Col CW Beart MC - MiD
    Lieut. DA Neal - MiD

    Sicily:
    Capt. DA Neal - MC

    For escaping when a POW:
    Major RS McLaren - MBE

    Half-Yearly Honours:
    Capt. WG Stray - MBE
     
  4. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Excellent photo and additional information , thanks for posting .
     
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    At the finalisation of hostilities in Sicily, it was John Wheatley (with the help of 11 men and some Sappers) that erected the cairn/memorial near Primosole Bridge to the DLI soldiers killed in action there.

    He was killed in action at St Pierre, Normandy. He was the OC 'C' Company. In '8th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1939-1945 (Maj PJ Lewis MC and Maj I R English MC +2 Bars):
     
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  6. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    John Wheatley was a close freind of Ian English , i visted his grave in Jerusalem Cemetery with Ian many years ago , the death of John and how Ian walked away was a great example of the Soldiers luck that was required to survive .
     
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  7. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The death of Major Jimmy Kailofer:

    The Brigade Commander’s (151st Infantry Brigade) plan was for an attack southwards using Le Plessis Grimault, a village at the foot of Mont Picon, as the firm base for this purpose. The objective was the La Riviere feature, an advance of 4.5 miles. The attack would involve the 8th Bn Durham Light Infantry on the right and 6th Bn Durham Light Infantry on the left, moving astride the road to Conde. The 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry were in reserve and would hold Le Plessis Grimault. Each battalion was to be supported by a squadron of tanks from the 13/18 Hussars and a barrage by 5 Field Regiments, RA. For the 8th Bn, ‘C’ and ‘D’ Coys were to lead the advance. Major Jimmy Kailofer was now the OC ‘C’ Company.

    From: '8th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 1939-1945 (Maj PJ Lewis MC and Maj I R English MC +2 Bars):
     
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  8. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    As mentioned at message no. 2, Jimmy Kailofer and John Wheatley were defending Counsel for the 151st Infantry Brigade personnel during the Salerno Mutiny trials. Here is a copy of a photograph from Saul David’s excellent book: ‘Mutiny at Salerno 1943 An Injustice Exposed’. Jimmy is 3rd from the right and John is 5th from the right.
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