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Military Medal and 1914-15 Trio – Durham Light Infantry.


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Military Medal and 1914-15 Trio – Durham Light Infantry.

Military medal (Geo V), 19945 Sjt L.J. Waldram. 13 / Durh. L.I.;  19945 Pte L.J. Waldram, Durh. L.I.; British War and Victory medals, 19945 Sjt L. J. Waldram. Durh. L.I.

Leonard James Waldram was Born 1891His MIC confirms he  Landed in France on the 25th August 1915 and his entitlement to a 1914-15 trio. and only shows service in the Durham Light Infantry.

Military medal, London Gazette 28th January 1918.

The award of his MM was reported in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph

Wounded 5th October 1918, Gun shot wound to the right knee

Is recorded in the 1939 census as living in Blackstone Street, Nottingham

Died Nottingham 9th January 1973 in Nottingham.

The 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry during WW1:

On 26 August 1915, 13 DLI, as part of the 68th Brigade of the 23rd Division, landed in France and within days they were sent into the trenches. The battalion, however, was spared the disastrous Battle of Loos and spent the rest of 1915 and early 1916 in and out of the trenches at Armentieres and Souchez.

In late June 1916, the 23rd Division was moved south to the Somme and 13 DLI entered the fighting south of La Boisselle on 7 July. In late July and early August, the battalion was involved in desperate fighting around Munster Alley east of Pozieres. There the battalion suffered over 100 casualties.

After spending the rest of August in reserve at Armentieres, 13 DLI returned to the Somme with the 23rd Division. On 7 October, 13 DLI joined an attack on Le Sars. Whilst 12 DLI, assisted by a tank, captured the Tangle, 13 DLI bombed its way into the ruined village. Over 150 Germans were taken prisoner, whilst the battalion suffered some 60 casualties. After this fighting, 13 DLI left the Somme for the Ypres Salient.

On 7 July 1917, after the successful attack in June by the 23rd Division on Messines Ridge, 13 DLI was in the trenches at Klein Zillebeke

The 13th Battalion DLI was again in action in September, during the Third Battle of Ypres, in the fighting on the Menin Road. Then, in October 1917, 13 DLI, as part of a combined French and British force, was sent to northern Italy, where Austrian and German forces had defeated the Italian Army at Caporetto and was threatening Venice.

Whilst in Italy, 13 DLI served in both the trenches on the Piave River and on the Asiago Plateau. However, before the final Allied advance across the Piave, the battalion was withdrawn from Italy in September 1918 to join the Allied advance on the Western Front. Fierce fighting followed and by the end of October, 13 DLI had lost over 300 men killed or wounded.

When news of the Armistice was received the battalion was working repairing roads behind the front. In January 1919, 13 DLI paraded to receive a King’s Colour. Less pleasant work from February to April saw the battalion unearthing bodies from the battlefield and reburying them in larger cemeteries. Meanwhile, men were being demobilised and, in July 1919, the 13th Battalion DLI was finally disbanded.

Condition – GVF court mounted on a wearing pin, although recently.