Former Durham Light Infantry men remember regiments’ World War troops

The Durham Pals, Durham Light infantry World War One re-enactors being photographed by Anne Phillipson at their Remembrence Display at Washington Library on Saturday.
The Durham Pals, Durham Light infantry World War One re-enactors being photographed by Anne Phillipson at their Remembrence Display at Washington Library on Saturday.
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MEMBERS of the 18th Durham Light Infantry stepped back in time to commemorate Washington’s War Memorials.

Three members of the group, known as Durham Pals, donned replica DLI kit as part of an exhibition at Washington Library which honours those who served in the First and Second World Wars.

The exhibition, which runs until Friday, has been delivered by the Wessington U3A War Memorials group who have looked into the histories of everyone who is named on memorials at Washington, Harraton and Usworth.

More than 400 people are listed as deaths from the First World War, and more than 100 from the second on the memorials.

The library display has photographs, artefacts, letters, and family history information.

Peter Welsh, the memorials group co-ordinator, said: “There’s been 10 years of work on this project and we have found some fascinating information.”

Councillor John Kelly, of Washington, said: “As we look to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, here are the lives and details of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.”