11th DLI Timeline

September 1914: Battalion formed at Newcastle and assigned to 20th (Light) Division.

September 1914 – April 1915: Training in Surrey in the general area around Witley.

April 1915 – July 1915: Further training on Salisbury Plain, based near Amesbury, Wiltshire.

20 July 1915: Embarked Southampton for Le Havre in France.

30 July 1915 – 21 January 1916: Based in the Laventie Sector.

22 January 1916 – 20 July 1916: Based in the Ypres Salient around Elverdinghe and Oodezeele.

29 July 1916 – 16 August 1916: Based in the Somme battlefields near Beaumont-Hamel sector.

22 August 1916 – 1 July 1917: Involved in the Somme Campaigns

3-5 September 1916: Capture of Guillemont

1-7 October 1916: Le Transloy Ridge, capture of Rainbow and Cloudy Trenches

8-15 November 1916: Rest period at Picquigny

November-December 1916: Battlefield clearance around Montauban area

January-July 1917: Pursuing the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line

1-19 July: rest period around Domart

20 July – 1 October 1917: Third Battle of Ypres: the capture of Langemarck on 16 August and Eagle Trench on 20 September.

10 October 1917 – 3 December 1917: Battle of Cambrai – 11th DLI critical to holding the line against German counter-attack.

12 December 1917 – 17 February 1918: Ypres Sector on the Menin Road near Gheluvelt.

23 February 1918 – 1 April 1918: St Quentin Sector in which 11th DLI played a critical role in the British fighting retreat in the face of the German Offensive from 21 March.

2- 16 April 1918: Period of retrenchment and re-equipment at Quevauvillers.

17 April 1918 – 7 October 1918: Lens-Avion Sector near Liévin.

8 October 1918 – 2 December 1918: The Final Advance and Armistice. The battalion was near Feignies on the morning of 11 November 1918.

December 1918 – June 1919: Gradual demobilisation while based around Grenas in Northern France.

24 June 1918: the last few men embarked at Le Havre for Southampton and the battalion was finally disbanded.