Friday, 20 November 2015

1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry Resources


A superb collection of resources for anyone researching family members who served in the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry during WW1 has been made available after a superb effort from volunteers at the Somerset Remembers project. Among a number of digitised resources is the muster roll & casualty list for the Battalion.


The list is divided into Officers and Men - in the former you can find the details of the key figures in the Battalion such as Capt Maud, killed on 19th December 1914 and whose body was returned by the Germans during the Christmas Truce and 2/Lt C.S. Lewis - author of the Narnia books who served in the Battalion from 1917 onwards.

Amongst the men you can find the entries for George Coward and Sgt Arthur Cook, 2 men who served 1914-1918 and kept diaries that have been published.


 

This document notes when men arrived at the front and when they left, records promotion and injury and any awards received.


Anyone researching a family member who served with the Battalion would also be interested in the The History of the Somerset Light Infantry by Everard Wyrall, which has been made available online here:
http://issuu.com/gwd9/docs/the_somerset_light_infantry_1914-19?e=15915126/12010835

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