Welcome

Emblem1 This blog site was first published in November 2006 for comments and memorabilia related to anyone with a British Army Light Infantry background or connection. The main focus however centered on the period 1DCLI 1953 – 1957, the service window for many Contributors, including the Editor. Since publication we have amassed substantial editorial and photographic record of the Caribbean posting, plus major input from other LI Mates who served elsewhere in brother Regiments. The highlight of our collective endeavours was The Caribbean Re-Union in June 2009 in Penzance where scores of Old Mates re-lived our youthful halcyon days of West Indies service. We can claim many successful contributions of Memoirs, Comments and old photographs from many 1DCLI Mates around the globe, although now after our 10th Anniversary many early contributors have sadly passed on leaving an irreplaceable void in our ailing memories, others have simply given up, much to our dismay. Regimental History is important and any and all contributions will help to keep the spirit alive.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On a point of possible interest this site has since inception in Nov 2006, received 297,899 ‘hits/views’ and 13,241 Comments from 10 different countries in ranking order: (UK, Australia, USA, Canada, Honduras, France, Germany, NZ, HK/China, Mexico) with a Best Ever daily hit count of 432. Invasive Spam comments totalled 42,339, or 14% of views. (Not included in foregoing count).
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The Header and Background photos show various “A” Company photographs taken in 1954/1955 at Prospect Garrison, Hamilton Bermuda and other. One photo is of the occasion when Major AJ Marsh took over as C.O. from Major ‘Toots’ Williams, Jock Massie CSM. 3 surviving subscribing bloggers were present, Geoff Cherry standing lhs (leaning to his left), Terry Simons seated in front of CSM Massie and Editor centre, 4th row directly in line behind Major Williams. This group was the original “A” Coy which sailed on the HMT Empire Clyde, many of whom survive to this day (8th Nov 2016) and surely must retain some memories of that time. Let’s hear from you Cheps, awaken the old thought process and drop us a line. Other random photos have been added over time.

THE BAND & BUGLES OF THE LIGHT DIVISION Thoughtfully forwarded for the Anniversary occasion by John Billett.

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The montage below is “A” Coy Hamilton Bermuda, mainly 3 Platoon 1954-1955.

Prospect Barracks Hamilton Bermuda 1954

Prospect Barracks Hamilton Bermuda 1954

3 Platoon A Company 1DCLI. Prospect Garrison Bermuda July 1954

The Warrilow Collection: entitled 'the boys' 1 Platoon (maybe) Sjnt Bert Love. 2Lt Middleton (?)

For many of us, the 1st step at Bodmin. Courtesy John Billett

DLI. Band & Bugles, 1st and 2nd Battalions, Durham 1950

Photo above: Photo: Courtesy Tom Howell: Relates to 1st and 2nd Battalions DLI proceeding to Durham Cathedral to lay up the Colours on 9 July 1950. Band and Bugles are heading the parade lead by my uncle, Bugle Major Albert Shippen (RIP ). Note this pre-dated the re-introduction of No. 1 Dress. The battalions do appear to be wearing battledress and berets – probably khaki rather than LI green.

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About Editor, Brisbane.

Former "A" Coy 1DCLI from Nov 5th 1953 in Bodmin, Plymouth and Hamilton Bermuda until demob in Nov 1955. Then 5 years with the Gloster Regt TA, Bristol. Lives in Brisbane Australia in retirement from business and commercial interests of a wide entrepreneurial style including manufacturing, property, merchant banking and financial investment projects. Spends leisure time mainly modelling large and small scale boats and wooden artifacts for personal use and charity fund raising. Keen traveller and sometimes successful fisherman around local creeks and rivers. Likes cinema, classical music, opera, theatre, well crafted fiction and social dancing, wining and dining at local venues. Keen photographer and web master for WordPress websites and literate with graphical software for design presentation.
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4 Responses to Welcome

  1. Swanny (Swanson) says:

    Ed, Peter (Joe) Tippett passed away on Sunday Last. Joe as he was known to most that knew him well. Joe was CO’s Bugler in the West Indies and Joined the DCLI in Nov. 1953. His funeral takes place at St.Thomas’ Church, Heamoor, Penzance, Cornwall, at 1400hrs 8th May 2008, There will be DCLI Guard of Honour by the West Cornwall Branch DCLI Assn. Goodbye JOE RIP,
    Swanny.
    ED: Thanks for emailing me about Joe and posting the information to the blog Swanny and also the LI Message bank. Many will remember Joe and will wish to pay their last respects.

  2. Irwin Wills says:

    Hello

    Just come across your wonderful memories of the DCLI Intake of 1953. My late brother Tony Wills, passed out at Victoria Barracks in 53?. He was then flown out to Jamaica. Eighteen months later he returned to the U.K and was demobbed in Harrogate.

    Tony passed away in January 93. He often reminisced about those wonderful days in Kingston Town. Is there anyone who can remember Tone?

    His surviving children would love to know.

    ED: Thank You Irwin, I shall email you with the little info that we have on mates in Kingston during that time. Our condolences to you and his family for your loss.

  3. John Williams says:

    Hi All; This is more of a query than a comment. You may have spotted my memories as regards the old troopships which took many members of Britains Armed Forces around the world in the fifties and early sixties. For most of this I am reliant on my memory which in most cases is fairly reliable. However I have a vague memory of having carried a Light Infantry regiment to Gibraltar sometime during the late fifties. I think it may well have been the DCLI but I can’t be sure. I am sure it was a West Country regiment but as it was some fifty years ago I can’t be 100% certain. Can anyone enlighten me?

    Regards John Williams.

    PS: Editor 7th Sept 2007

    Thanks John. I have a feeling that your memory is accurate. If not 1DCLI then maybe the SCLI. Keith Scudamore, webmaster LI sites will have the answer. May I suggest that you browse the LI Guestbook sites and post a comment there in the interests of all. Keith served in Gibralter in the 1960’s.

  4. Life’s strange ‘ennit?
    I read a novel recently from which I quote “Our passage through life is marked by births, weddings and funerals, though when you get to our age the last seems to predominate” (Sleeper by Paul Adam, a fine novel).

    We Bermudian DCLI’ians must now all at least be in our early ’70’s – some older of course, being regular soldiers with many years service when 1DCLI shipped out of Liverpool bound for the Caribbean in February 1954. Why then do we defer and ignore reference to the amazing highlights of our lives? Don’t know about many of you – but for me – my Bermuda experience was highly influential in my later life. The DCLI gave me adventure, romance, discipline, orderliness, ritual, challenge, rewards and mateship, the list is endless. Since those days I garnered adventurous experiences from all over the planet. Not that I needed the military to instill a sense of adventure in me.

    As I reflect now, some 6 months after orchestrating these Blog pages and related web sites, I am ever more mindful of the apathy that pervades lives that are dulled by the lack of challenge. The brain is an organ that requires exercise, memory is rejuvenating in itself. Why wait until death or infirmity envelops our memories and kills off the desire to record history? You “Old Soldiers” out there with breath left in your body – GOYA! and tell it as YOU remember it – don’t leave the partial quote of your life to Jimmy your grandson – by all means get his expertise on the computer to make it happen – but tell it yourself – NOW.
    Carpe Diem!

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