Tuesday 25 December 2012

The Troopship MV Staffordshire, Liverpool, Christmas Day 1942

It's now exactly 70 years since the troopships Staffordshire and Derbyshire sailed from Liverpool on Christmas Day 1942. British Army units board the Staffordshire included the 16th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and the 70th Field Regiment, RA. Aboard the Derbyshire units included the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. These are links to material already on my web site relating to the sailing of the ships on Christmas Day 1942:

Reminiscences of Christmas Day 1942 by C/Sgt W James, D Coy, 16 DLI.

A December 1942 Letter from the Troopship Staffordshire by Pte T Tunney, C Coy, 16 DLI.

A New Year's Day 1943 poem by C/Sgt W James, D Company, 16 DLI.

Memories of Christmas Day 1942 by CSM George Gates, HQ Coy, 16 DLI.

A signed 16th Durham Light Infantry Officers' Christmas Dinner Menu for 25/12/42.

Wednesday 11 July 2012

16th DLI War Graves Photographs

I've now added a new section of the site with large format photographs of several 16th DLI war graves. I will be adding many more photographs to this section in due course.

Courtesy of ex-CSM W 'Jimmy' James, who revisited the Italian battlefields several times in the 1990s and 2000s, I have a good selection of photographs of CWGC 16 DLI headstones in Italy. However, I have none for the casualties suffered in Greece in 1944-45 and only a very few for the casualties suffered in Tunisia in 1943. Also there are several 16th Btn casualties who were buried with CWGC headstones in the UK, who died either prior to or after active service overseas.

If anyone reading has such photographs, your own work only please, large format, full headstone composition, I would be very keen to place them on the site--fully credited of course.

The new section starts here:


Thursday 21 June 2012

The Password is Courage, My Detailed Book Review

I've now added a POW and DLI Book Reviews section to the site where I will post detailed reviews of books focussing on the British POW experience during World War Two. Three book reviews have been posted thus far:

The Password is Courage, by John Castle,1954

The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, by Denis Avey and Rob Broomby, 2011

Stalag Doctor, by I Schire, 1956

Obviously when reading and reviewing such books, I will be paying particular attention to where these particular POWs feature in my consecutive listing of German POW numbers and thus who else was there and thereabouts with them on the day their POW numbers were issued.

The new DLI and POW book reviews index page is here:


Friday 27 April 2012

Sgts Danny Feasey and James Hood MM 16 DLI

I've now added several pages telling the fascinating story of Sgts Danny Feasey and James Hood MM. Both were ex Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment NCOs, who were with the 16th DLI from 1940.

Both were captured at Sedjenane in February 1943. They escaped while en route from Camp PG 82 to Germany. Feasey was later recaptured. Hood eventually regained Allied lines and was awarded the MM. They did not see each other again until 1987 and the new pages also include some 1987 newspaper coverage of their reunion. The item begins on this page: