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The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
extracted from "The Territorial Battalions, A Pictorial History 1859-1985" by Ray Westlake
further details are given on these battalions in appropriate sections of the site

4th Battalion

In 1860 the several Cornwall rifle corps located within the western part of the county were grouped together as the 1st Admin Battalion of Cornwall Rifle Volunteers. The battalion became the 1st Cornwall Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880 and in 1885 was renamed the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. The battalion contributed a number of men to the volunteer service companies that went out to South Africa during the Boer War.

As part of the Wessex Division the 1/4th DCLI left Southampton for India in October 1914. It later served for a year in Aden, and from February 1917 was part of the Suez defence force. In June 1917 the battalion transferred to the 75th Division, with which it took part in the invasion of Palestine. The 2/4th Battalion also served in India while the 3/4th absorbed the 2/5th and served as the 4th (Reserve) Battalion.

The 4th was amalgamated with the 5th Battalion to form the 4/5th DCLI in 1921. In 1939, however, the strength of the battalion was doubled and subsequently divided as 4th and 5th. The 4th Battalion remained in the UK throughout the Second World War.

In 1947 it was amalgamated with the 5th to form once again, the 4th/5th Battalion. The regular battalion of the DCLI was amalgamated with the Somerset Light Infantry in 1959 to form the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry. A year later the 4/5th was permitted to adopt the former county title. The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry are now represented in the 6th Light Infantry Volunteers.

5th Battalion

The 5th Battalion was formed from the 2nd Admin Battalion of Cornwall Rifle Volunteers. This battalion was created in 1860 from the rifle companies in the eastern part of Cornwall. In 1880 it became the 2nd Cornwall Rifle Volunteer Corps of nine companies and in 1885 the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, DCLI.

Several members from the battalion saw active service in South Africa. During the First World War a number of men, those that were willing to serve overseas, transferred to the 1/4th Battalion. Those that remained were later trained as pioneers and eventu

6th & 7th Battalions

The 6th Battalion, later to become the 1st Battalion

It became obvious in 1914 that the regimental depots could not cope with a large influx of recruits in a major war so holding battalions were set up all over Britain. These battalions were not exclusive to one single regiment but were made up of recruits from various regiments, one such holding battalion was the 12th that DCLI soldiers were initially sent for training on the Isle of Wight.

In 1940, after Dunkirk the 6th Battalion DCLI was no longer responsible for training but Anti-invasion operations, HQ was at St Austell, in July 1941 it moved to Hinton St George in Somerset. It later moved again to Walker Lines at Bodmin and again in the October to Harlyn Bay near Padstow..




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