5 December 2020

Durham Light Infantry - 9th Bn (TF)

This post will look at regimental numbering in the 9th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Durham Light Infantry between 1908 and 1914. Use the information below to estimate when your ancestor joined this particular battalion. Note that all Territorial Force battalions had their own unique number series (and for that matter, some operated more than one number series). So if your ancestor served in the 6th Battalion7th Battalion or 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, you'll need to follow those links instead. Check the site index for a list of all number sequences published to date.

The 8th Durham Light Infantry was headquartered at Burt Terrace, Gateshead and its eight companies drew men from the following locations:

A, B, C & D Companies: Gateshead; E Company: Felling; F Company: Chopwell; G Company: Blaydon, with a drill station at West Ryton; H Company: Blaydon. The battalion was part of the Durham Light Infantry Brigade in the Northumbrian Division.

Here are some sample regimental numbers for the 9th Durham Light Infantry. These were issued sequentially, beginning at No 1 on the 1st April 1908. The vast majority of early recruits would have been men who were serving with the 5th Volunteer Battalion.

100 joined on the 14th April 1908
620 joined on the 30th March 1909
1022 joined on the 14th April 1910
1188 joined on the 25th April 1911
1256 joined on the 29th January 1912
1518 joined on the 15th April 1913
2046 joined on the 1st May 1914
2146 joined on the 8th August 1914 

Use the regimental numbers above to estimate when a man would have joined this battalion between 1908 and August 1914. For example, if your man had the number 1600 and came from Felling, he would have joined in 1913 and would have probably served in E Company. 

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