Thursday 26 March 2009

C Company, 16 DLI, 1942

In the March 24th 2009 update I have added photographs of Les and Stan Bernard of Scarborough, who both served in C Company, 16 DLI with my father in 1942-43. Stan Bernard was killed on 27/2/43 at Sedjenane. His cousin Les went on to serve in the 1st Battalion DLI ending the war as a Sergeant. This is the link to that page:

I'm still hoping that someone will turn up the missing Company photographs of A, C and HQ Companies that must have been taken in 1942, most probably by the firm of Lambert and Weston of Folkstone which took the photos of B Company and D Company which are already on the site.

I've also began to add small portrait photos of identified casualties enlarged from these B and D Company photographs to the Roll of Honour section of the site. For example, see this page which lists and pictures several Sedjenane casualties:

Also added are enlargements of Faces 28 and 29 of the Medjez el Bab Memorial which commemorate those soldiers of the DLI who died in North Africa who have no known grave. Click on the image on this page to go to the first enlargement:

Wednesday 18 March 2009

Sgt John Wintershausen MM, 16 DLI

Just added in the March 18th update is an excellent collection of photographs of Sgt John Wintershausen, who was awarded the Military Medal for his actions with the Pioneer Platoon of 16 DLI at Salerno on 17/9/43. These were kindly provided by his son Paul and include members of the Battalion posing with the Nazi flag that John Wintershausen liberated from the one-time Gestapo HQ in Athens, Greece, in December 1944. These photos begin from this page:

16 DLI in Vienna 1945

A photograph of 16 DLI on ceremonial parade outside the Palace of Justice in Vienna in October 1945 has now been added to the site. Also included in this update is an article about this parade from the Battalion magazine Geordie.

The new items can be accessed from both the Photographs and Eyewitness Memories sections of the site and begin from this page:

Saturday 14 March 2009

The 16th DLI Regimental Aid Post at Salerno

In the Eyewitness Memories section of the site I have now added Padre G Meek's memories of the 16th Battalion DLI Regimental Aid Post in the immediate aftermath of the Salerno landings of September 1943. This item has been transcribed from a late 1945 edition of the Battalion magazine 'Geordie'. Here is the link to the page: