5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry

The Regiment was officially formed in 1881 when the 32nd and 46th Regiments of Foot were amalgamated as part of the Childers Reforms; however it can trace its history back over 180 years prior to this date.

 

During the war the regiment was increased to seven battalions. However, only the 1st, 2nd and 5th served overseas.

 

The 2nd Battalion, DCLI was serving in 10th Infantry Brigade, which also included the 2nd Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and 1st Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, part of the 4th Infantry Division, and was sent overseas to France shortly after the outbreak of war, where they arrived on 1 October 1939 as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The battalion remained in France for many months until May 1940 when the German Army invaded Holland, Belgium and France, where they, along with the rest of the BEF, were forced into a retreat to the Dunkirk perimeter where they were subsequently evacuated to England.

 

In July 1944, during the Battle of Hill 112 (Operation Jupiter), during the Battle for Caen, part of the larger Battle of Normandy, the hill acquired the name "Cornwall Hill" after Cornish soldiers of 5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, under Lieutenant Colonel John Pole, suffered 320 casualties there. The battalion was part of the 214th Infantry Brigade attached to the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division.

Name: Wright, William

Rank: Private

Age: 28

No. 11053101

Unit: Platoon, A Company

Missing since: 26-09-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Mr and Mrs John Wright, of Stansfields, Stoke on Trent.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Driel area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Hayward, John

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No. 6146650

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Frank and Ellen Martha Hayward.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Opheusden area.


Name: Smith, Gordon Henry

Rank: Private

Age: 19

No. 14714280

Unit: 16 Platoon,  D Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin:Son of John William and Hariet Jane Smith, of Rothwell, Northamptonshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Opheusden area probably by a sniper.

 


Name: Roberts, Arthur Henry

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 30

No. 6200660

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 11-10-1944

Next of Kin:

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Mook area.

 

 

Name: Cowling, Sydney Oscar

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 37

No. 5434022

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Audrey Doris Cowling, of Truro.

Son of Sidney Lewis and Lindo Cowling, of Truro, Cornwall.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in de Opheusden area.

 

It is known that his ID tags were given to some one in the Townhall, and also presumed that his burial as such was known, but all are now lost.

 


Name: Hunt, Henry

Rank: Corporal

Age: 24

No. 7944245

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Wilfred and Mary Hunt, of Eckington, Derbyshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Opheusden area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Smithbone, Derek John

Rank: Private

Age: 18

No. 14714281

Unit: 16 Platoon,  D Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Herbert A and Gladys A. Smithborne, of Northampton.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Opheusden area probably by a sniper, when trying to get to Private Gordon Smith.


Name: Sullivan,Frederick James

Rank: Corporal

Age: 31

No. 5435690

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 11-10-1944

Next of Kin:Husband of E. Sullivan, of Walworth, London. Son Eliza Sullivan.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Mook area.

 

 

Name: Febery, Samuel Thomas

Rank: Private

Age: 18

No. 14716361

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 04-10-1944

Next of Kin:

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in de Opheusden area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Self, Frank

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 14692241

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 06-10-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Frank Vernon and Florrie Self, of Darlaston, Wednesbury, Staffordshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Opheusden area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Holmes, Walter James Benjamin

Rank: Private

Age: 24

No. 5350463

Unit: Platoon,  Company

Missing since: 11-10-1944

Next of Kin:

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed in Mook area.

 

 

 


Name: Welch,Cyril Arthur

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 23

No. 311510

Unit: attached from East Surrey Regiment to  C Company

Missing since: 06 -10-1944

Next of Kin:Husband of Kathleen Anne Welch, of Herne Hill, london. Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Welch.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:
Known to have been killed and buried in Opheusden area.