George Bowman Liddle 2048

Born : abt 1891
Enlisted at : Consett on or about 03/04/1914
Sent overseas on : 01/01/1916
Discharged on : Unknown
Died on : Unknown
Extra Notes : Appointed Lance Cpl on 03 August 1915, promoted to Corporal on 05 September 1915 and Serjeant on0 8 October 1915. Appointed Transport Serjeant on 08 October 1915. Transferred to the Railway Operating Division of the RE on 09 February 1917. Served in Russia from 02 October 1918 to 23 June 1919.

Enlistment Dates

The following list of enlistment dates for the 6th DLI has been compiled from service records and SWB records.

Number    Date Enlisted
187        12/04/1908
263        21/04/1908
535        09/04/1908
1157        20/02/1910
1161        21/02/1910
1315        04/01/1911
1331        13/02/1911
1389        09/05/1911
1546        02/04/1912
1564        10/04/1912
1569        09/04/1912
1731        20/08/1912
1737        04/11/1912
1775        10/03/1913
1776        06/03/1913
1789        25/03/1913
1829        14/04/1913
1861        18/05/1913
1864        05/05/1913
1871        18/05/1913
1893        30/05/1913
1925        17/06/1913
1936        24/09/1913
1938        04/09/1913
1940        09/09/1913
2055        25/04/1914
2069        23/04/1914
2076        14/04/1914
2084        28/04/1915
2109        28/04/1914
2127        11/05/1914
2129        12/05/1914
2144        13/05/1914
2154        14/05/1914
2157        19/05/1914
2177        28/05/1914
2212        28/06/1914
2222        18/06/1914
2277        08/08/1914
2284        08/08/1914
2289        05/09/1914
2294        05/09/1914
2318        05/09/1914
2326        07/09/1914
2341        07/09/1914
2350        07/09/1914
2393        09/09/1914
2394        09/09/1914
2415        10/09/1914
2418        07/09/1914
2450        07/09/1914
2460        07/09/1914
2479        12/09/1914
2483        12/09/1914
2484        12/09/1914
2488        12/09/1914
2493        12/09/1914
2496        14/09/1914
2499        14/09/1914
2502        14/09/1914
2503        14/09/1914
2507        14/09/1914
2509        14/09/1914
2511        14/09/1914
2513        07/09/1914
2520        16/09/1914
2529        28/09/1914
2531        26/09/1914
2537        29/09/1914
2545        26/09/1914
2547        26/09/1914
2561        26/09/1914
2562        26/09/1914
2577        28/09/1914
2584        26/09/1914
2596        07/10/1914
2598        26/09/1914
2603        26/09/1914
2635        28/09/1914
2640        28/09/1914
2642        07/10/1914
2643        06/10/1914
2650        05/10/1914
2680        12/10/1914
2682        12/10/1914
2689        19/10/1914
2691        20/10/1914
2701        29/09/1914
2702        28/09/1914
2705        26/09/1914
2717        16/10/1914
2730        12/10/1914
2732        12/10/1914
2749        06/10/1914
2761        07/10/1914
2763        28/09/1914
2780        08/10/1914
2787        06/10/1914
2796        28/09/1914
2799        03/10/1914
2804        06/10/1914
2822        28/09/1914
2845        29/09/1914
2864        28/09/1914
2869        12/10/1914
2871        13/10/1914
2872        13/10/1914
2893        15/10/1914
2899        06/10/1914
2921        20/10/1914
2924        29/09/1914
2927        05/10/1914
2935        28/09/1914
2936        28/09/1914
2945        10/10/1914
2963        30/09/1914
2964        26/09/1914
2974        06/10/1914
2988        29/09/1914
2994        05/10/1914
2995        26/09/1914
2996        28/09/1914
2997        28/09/1914
3003        02/10/1914
3005        05/10/1914
3012        20/10/1914
3013        19/10/1914
3015        13/10/1914
3016        24/10/1914
3019        27/10/1914
3020        27/10/1914
3024        23/10/1914
3025        27/10/1914
3048        24/10/1914
3065        30/10/1914
3078        08/11/1914
3080        26/11/1914
3081        27/11/1914
3082        27/10/1914
3099        11/12/1914
3105        09/12/1914
3106        09/12/1914
3139        10/12/1914
3150        12/12/1914
3167        14/12/1914
3179        14/12/1914
3180        15/12/1914
3182        16/12/1914
3184        16/12/1914
3189        16/12/1914
3193        16/12/1914
3201        17/12/1914
3202        17/12/1914
3207        17/12/1914
3212        16/12/1914
3214        18/12/1914
3223        21/12/1914
3225        21/12/1914
3234        19/12/1914
3247        21/12/1914
3253        23/12/1914
3258        28/12/1914
3269        28/12/1914
3274        29/12/1914
3282        04/01/1915
3305        02/01/1915
3336        21/01/1915
3338        22/01/1915
3342        22/01/1915
3362        28/01/1915
3369        30/01/1915
3385        02/02/1915
3388        04/02/1915
3400        09/02/1915
3401        30/01/1915
3413        11/02/1915
3417        09/02/1915
3431        15/02/1915
3446        22/02/1915
3447        22/02/1915
3453        22/02/1915
3470        27/02/1915
3484        02/03/1915
3498        03/03/1915
3500        06/03/1915

M.M’s of the 6th Durham Light Infantry


We have so far identified the following men of the 6th Durham Light Infantry who were awarded a Military Medal(MM) whilst serving with the battalion.

15 Hann Awarded on 02/06/1916

1659 Dixon Awarded on 23/08/1916

3174 Alderson Awarded on 15/10/1916

2636 Armstrong Awarded on 27/10/1916

2464 Fairless Awarded on 27/10/1916

665 Gibson Awarded on 27/10/1916

2358 Hall Awarded on 27/10/1916

2028 Murphy Awarded on 27/10/1916

1430 Scafton Awarded on 27/10/1916

2357 Bainbridge Awarded on 08/12/1916

2677 Britton Awarded on 08/12/1916
2677 Britton Bar Awarded on 23/02/1918

2005 Huggins Awarded on 08/12/1916

2564 Jardine Awarded on 08/12/1916

1569 Logan Awarded on 08/12/1916

850 Sayers Awarded on 08/12/1916

3408 Cruddace Awarded on 22/01/1917
3408 Cruddace Bar Awarded on 22/02/1918

3131 Tindle Awarded on 22/01/1917

2208 Parker Awarded on 22/01/1917

250617 Betts Awarded on 18/07/1917

1683 Isaac Allinson on 12/12/1917

250449 Patrick Finn on 12/12/1917

736 Malone Awarded on 21/10/1918

1727 Ripley Awarded on 21/10/1918

2188 Dinsley Awarded on 21/10/1918

M.C’s of the 6th Durham Light Infantry


We have so far identified the following officers of the 6th Durham Light Infantry who were awarded a Military Cross (MC) whilst serving with the battalion. The official citation is shown for each man, where available.


Captain Thomas Welch Gazetted on 29/06/1915

“For conspicuous gallantry and tenacity at Zonnebeke from 26th to 30th April, 1915, when he with his company held a trench under ‘heavy shell fire. His company was short of water and rations, and he had no flare pistols or periscopes and no previous experience of trench warfare. The losses of his company in killed and wounded were 45, out of a total of 120”

Lieutenant W P Gill Gazetted on 10/01/1916

Citation unknown

Second Lieutenant J F G Aubin Gazetted on 01/01/1917

Citation unknown

Company Serjeant Major Thomas Sordy Gazetted on 04/06/1917

Citation unknown

Acting Captain Reginald Sidney Johnson Gazetted on 17/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of a small party during the advance, although wounded in the ankle, he took command of men of several battalions, and frustrated all the enemy efforts to cut the party off. He showed a fine example throughout.”

2nd Lieutenant Henry Walton Gazetted on 17/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He reached the enemy trenches in advance of the line which was eventually consolidated. By his skill and courage he resisted the enemy’s effort to surround his party and at night he successfully extricated his men from a very precarious position.”

Lieutenant Percy Hugh Beverley Lyon Gazetted on 23/04/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a carrying party and brought in wounded under heavy shell fire. Later, when in command of a company holding a line of shell-holes, he succeeded in advancing his post on three successive nights under heavy fire, himself reconnoitring the ground before each advance.”

Second Lieutenant (acting Captain) J F G Aubin Gazetted on 25/04/1918 (Bar)

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a company holding a line of shell holes. He succeeded in advancing his whole frontage on three successive nights, himself reconnoitring the ground before each advance under close enemy machine-gun fire, and personally superintending the operation on each night.”

2nd Lieutenant Ralph Aylmer Wilson Gazetted on 13/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was constantly on duty during twelve days of operations. When the units on his flanks had fallen back he carried out a successful counter-attack with his platoon, and established a line of isolated posts under machine-gun fire. For some hours he patrolled these posts at great personal risk. All through, in spite of fatigue, he rendered most valuable assistance to his company commander in rallying and organising the men”

Lieutenant Andrew Norman Brown Gazetted on 16/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was the only survivor of the company officers of the battalion, and although badly shell-shocked, led his company to their battle position in the front line. When all his company posts had been annihilated, he commanded through the remainder of the operations, keeping battalion headquarters fully informed as to the situation”

Captain George Eric Cardew Gazetted on 16/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When three companies were scattered in the marshes by an ambush surprise, this officer collected the men and organised a rearguard under heavy fire. He was the last mane of the covering party of fifty men to cross the bridge, having held off the enemy with rapid rifle fire. A few days later he was in charge of three companies which held the line while troops from the front passed through. When they had passed he organised a counter-attack which re-established the left of the line, where he held on under heavy trench mortar fire until compelled to withdraw, the whole line having gone back”

Company Serjeant Major Thomas Sordy Gazetted on 16/09/1918 (Bar)

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company became casualties he assumed command, although wounded in the hand, and showed fine courage and initiative. During the retirement and the crossing of the river his work and example were of the greatest value in enabling successive lines to be occupied”

Captain Albert Bessell Hare Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a time when the rapid advance of the enemy menaced the safety of the line, he rallied stragglers and formed a line at a point where the enemy were forcing a way through. By dint of great energy and fearlessness, he saved the situation and set an inspiring example to all around him”

Lieutenant Tom Rushworth Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He held a bridgehead with a small party of men under heavy machine-gun fire until completely outflanked. He then withdrew his party successfully and took up another position in the rear, where he kept touch under circumstances of great difficulty with the division on his right”

Serjeant Major James Taylor Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in collecting and organising stragglers under very heavy fire. With these men he took up a position at a bridgehead and held it against heavy enemy attacks until he became a casualty”

Second Lieutenant John Woodhead Gazetted on 24/09/1918 *

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding his platoon in action. During a great fight he showed much ability, and often rallied his men when hard pressed. He was quite fearless in his endeavours to restore and hold the line”

* recorded as West Yorkshire Regiment in error.

D.C.M’s of the 6th Durham Light Infantry


We have so far identified the following men of the 6th Durham Light Infantry who were awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) whilst serving with the battalion. The official citation is shown for each man.


1242 John James Robinson Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry, the shelter in which he was sitting was struck by a shell and the occupants completely buried. L/Cpl. Robinson succeeded in crawling out, and, in spite of heavy shelling, worked with his hands and his entrenching tools until he had dug out the four other occupants, thereby undoubtedly saving their lives.”

F.H. Bousfield Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry.During an advance his company,coming under heavy shell and rifle fire,hesitated, but he took the command, and by his bravery and personal example led them forward to the line they had been directed to take up”

2154, 250160 F Davies Awarded on 21/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under exceptionally difficult circumstances, when the communications and surrounding area were under heavy fire of gas shells, he displayed great courage and devotion to duty as “runner”. His example greatly the other brigade and battalion “runners” who were working with him.”

3846, 250449 Patrick Finn Awarded on 03/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the officers of his company became casualties he took over command, and led his men under very heavy shell fire, holding on to successive positions in the face of overwhelming numbers, and offering the most determined resistance”

3026, 250310 John Greenwood Awarded on 30/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a section of the battery during an enemy attack. He so encouraged his men by his find example of coolness under this very heavy bombardment that they fired every round of their ammunition, and on retiring carried their gun through the barraged and heavily gassed area to the battery rear headquarters.”

2101, 250150 Harry Henderson Awarded on 03/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Throughout nine days fighting this NCO, by his ability and leadership, rendered valuable assistance to his officers until they became casualties. On three different occasions he organised and rallied his platoon at great personal risk under heavy machinegun fire. When his platoon commander was wounded he led it forward in a counter attack, and his dash and example were mainly responsible for the company reaching its objective. ”

1757, 250089 Stephen Maddison Awarded on 09/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During operations he directed the bringing up of supplies for considerable period under heavy barrage.”

1869 Joseph Malpass Awarded on 22/01/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry near Zillebeke on the night of 19th/20th December 1915, when he went out under heavy shell fire and rendered first aid to two wounded men in the open. He carried one to an ambulance, and, returning, got the other away in to safety. Serjeant Malpass has previously distinguished himself in action.”

561 Hugh McNair Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous good and efficient work as Acting Serjeant Major throughout the campaign, always displaying great coolness, courage, and devotion to duty and giving a fine example to all ranks.”

1319, 250034 George Perry Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous good and efficient work as Serjeant Major throughout the campaign, always displaying great coolness, courage, and devotion to duty and giving a fine example to all ranks.”

2978, 250303 Cuthbert Welsh Awarded on 03/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great dash during a counter attack, and by his fine behaviour encouraged the men near him to successfully take their objective. The success of this counter attack enabled the line to hold on for several hours”

 

Notes on records

Date Overseas:
The battalion proceeded overseas across midnight of 19th and 20th April 1915 and therefore men are shown with both dates of entries. For the purposes of our records the date of 19th April 1915 has been used in these records.

When a man proceeded overseas after 1st January 1916 the actual date is very rarely shown on the Medal Index Card and is therefore usually only shown on the few remaining records (Service Records etc) if these still exist for the man. In the absence of these records the date of entry is shown as 1st January 1916.