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Durham Light Infantry

Information about Durham Light Infantry archives in Durham County Record Office.

The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) collection is an extensive regimental archive, very popular with family historians and military researchers.

The archives complement the object and medal room collections in the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery.

About the Collection

The Durham Light Infantry archive collection was transferred to Durham County Record Office from the DLI Museum in 1998. This allowed Record Office staff to catalogue the archives and make them more accessible, both in our Search Room and online.

Now our online catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the records, and images of the thousands of photographs in the collection.

We hold the collection on loan from the Trustees of the former DLI Regiment. People donate additional archive material to the collection on a regular basis. We also accept Durham Light Infantry records on long-term loan. Contact us for advice on how to preserve records for future generations.

Please make an appointment to consult the Durham Light Infantry records in our Search Room. Some of the most popular records, including war diaries and enlistment and discharge books, have been microfilmed to preserve the originals and you will need to book a microfilm reader to view them.

For more information about Durham Light Infantry photographs and oral history recordings see:

Cataloguing

To reflect the diversity and popularity of the collection, we have catalogued the Durham Light Infantry records in as much detail as possible.

Every item in a scrapbook or photograph album is described and has a reference number. Where individuals are identified in photographs, all those names have been added to the catalogue.

Searching the Catalogue

You can search our online catalogue for specific words or phrases or browse entire Durham Light Infantry catalogues.

See Catalogue Search Help for examples of suggested Durham Light Infantry search terms.

To browse all catalogues in this collection, go to Search the Catalogue and select ‘Durham Light Infantry Records’ from the Catalogue Title drop-down list.

The online catalogue includes watermarked low-resolution images of the photographs in this collection.

Durham Light Infantry Records on The Learning Zone

See photographs and documents from the Durham Light Infantry collection in the Learning Zone section of our website. Four online learning units developed by our archive education service focus on DLI records.

Life and Death as a Soldier in World War One is useful if you want to know more about the Durham Light Infantry in the First World War.

Surviving Belsen describes how former Durham Light Infantry soldiers helped in the liberation of the infamous Belsen concentration camp at the end of the Second World War.

The Story of Jimmy Durham features a Sudanese boy adopted by and recruited into the 2nd Battalion DLI. Find out more about the 2nd Battalion in India, England and Ireland from 1885 to 1910.

Children of the British Empire looks at the Durham Light Infantry in India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This unit includes photographs of the 68th Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion DLI and army families.

Ordering Copies

We can supply copies of most documents and photographs in the collection for private study and non-commercial research.

You must apply to the County Archivist in writing for permission to reproduce any documents or photographs from the collection.