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The Durham Light Infantry Museum


Budget-cutting across local government has led to the serious reduction in access to, or the closing of, museums all over the country. It is particularly sad, in the middle of the First World War centenary commemorations, to read that the Durham Light Infantry Museum will close on 1st April. It was formed in 1881 and served in the Boer War and First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

The regiment saw action at the Battle of the Somme, the centenary of which will be commemorated this year, and at the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The photograph below, from the IWM, shows men of the 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry waiting in trenches prior to an attack on 20 September 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele.


Let’s hope the Museum can be re-opened in some form soon.


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