FIGHTING PIONEERS The Story of the 7th Battalion DLI

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Clive Dunn has assembled an admirable history of an unsung unit of the Territorial Force, the 7th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. This battalion went to France in April 1915 as part of 151st Infantry Brigade of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division, but in November of that year was converted into the Division’s Pioneer Battalion. It subsequently served with 8th Division after the 50th was reorganised in mid-1918. The title ‘fighting pioneers’ refers to the fact that despite its role as a unit that provided manual labour for front line work, it certainly played its part in fighting. The loss of 600 dead and many more wounded through the years of the war are testimony to it.

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