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Name John Redford
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Last Known Address Forbeck Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland.
Family Circumstances  

Unit of Service

7th Bn Durham Light Infantry, The Lincolnshire Regiment,

The Gloucestershire Regiment, The Royal Engineers.

Number and Rank 2073, 5660, 37198, 245995. Private
Date & Place of Death 3rd May 1958. Forbeck Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland. Aged 64.
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Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

John was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Star.

John served with the The 7th Battalion D.L.I . The Lincolnshire Regt, The Gloucester Regiment and the Royal Engineers. All the regiemnts with the exception were part of the 8th Division.

This was likely due to him being a Pioneer which his original Battalion the 7th Durham Light Infantry were designated and his skills would have been used by infantry regiments. ,


Below are the medals that we know were awarded to John.


                                              The British War Medal                        The Victory Medal





Other general information. online links, images etc.

Prior to joining John is recorded in 1911 census as being an apprentice living with his mother and siblings.

After leaving the services he once again answered the call of duty as a member of the Home Guard during WW2.

He was a Boiler Maker with The River Wear Commissioners on the South Docks.

The recorded entry of John's Birth which was 27th December 1894.


Below: John's Service Record




Below: A history of the regiment that John originally joined. The 7th Durham Light Infantry.


Durham Light Infantry 7th Btn

   The 7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry were a unit of the Territorial Force. HQ, A, B, C, D, E and F Companies were all based at the Drill Hall, Livinstone Rd, Sunderland with G and H Companies based in Stanhope Rd, South Shields. They were part of the DLI Brigade, Northumbrian Division. When war broke out in August 1914, they had just departed for their annual summer camp and were recalled immediately their home base. They were at once mobilsed and moved to the coastal defences by mid August, then to Ravensworth Park for training and by October were at Newcastle undertaking final training. They proceeded to France on the 17th of April 1915, landing at Boulogne and concentrating in the area of Steenvoorde, just as the German army attacked Ypres, using poison gas for the first time. The 50th Division were rushed into the battle. On the 14th of May 1915 the DLI Brigade was redesignated 151st Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division. They saw action in The Battle of St Julien, The Battle of Frezenburg Ridge and The Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge. On the 16th of November 1915 the 7th Durhams left 151st Brigade and converted into a Pioneer Battalion for 50th (Northumbrain) Division. In 1916 They fought on the Somme at The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval and The Battle of the Transloy Ridges. In 1917 they were in action at Arras during The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Wancourt Ridge and The Second Battle of the Scarpe before moving north for the Third Battle of Ypres. In 1918 they fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Lys and The Battle of the Aisne, leaving the troops exhausted. On the 20th of June 1918 they transferred to 8th Division and on the 3rd of July absorbed the 22nd Durhams taking their place as Pioneer Battalion of the 8th Division and were in action in The Final Advance in Artois including the capture of Douai.


Below: John is in the centre in the front row.



Below: A summary and a copy of the 1911 Census










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