Sunday 10 March 2019

Pte B Di Duca, 16 DLI

I've now added some fascinating and very rare documents to the site relating to the Army career of  L/Cpl Bragia 'Ben' Di Duca, from Hartlepool, Co Durham. 

Ben enlisted in 16 DLI on its formation in July 1940, with the Army number 4466417. He later served in Italy as an Army interpreter with both the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade and the Special Investigation Branch.

The documents posted include: passes for both these organizations, a 1942 markmanship score card for B Di Duca while serving in 17 Pln, 16 DLI, a 1941 16 DLI Christmas Card, a guard roster listing several D Coy soldiers, several pages from his AB64 Paybook, the reference from his 1945 Soldier's Release Book, his Record of Service Card and a detailed ammunition cargo listing for a lorry from Di Duca's time as a driver with 16 DLI.

These pages start here.

It seems Di Duca served in D Company after training so he very well could feature on the 1942 D Company, 16 DLI photograph, which is posted on the site here

If you can spot him, or know anything more about him, please get in touch.

Sunday 10 February 2019

Change to my 16 DLI Website Address

The old address for my 16 DLI 1940-1946 site is suddenly defunct, so from now on the address of the main page will be:

Content should mainly be as before.

However, the site was first published way back in 2004 and I'm still using the same ancient software, so there will be quite a few dead links and errors while I rebuild some of the bits that went missing in re-uploading the pages.

Use the site's Freefind search engine to find anything you're looking for that comes up as a dead link.