William James Ramsdale

World War 1 Regimental Biography

The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry & The Royal Berkshire Regiment


The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

DCLI Cap Badge

Raised in 1702 as Fox's Regiment of Marines (32nd Foot in 1751) and in 1741 as Price's Regiment (46th Foot in 1751). These two regiments became the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, in 1881. The regimental march is a combination of "Trelawny" and "One and All".

DCLI Cap Badge
DCLI Museum
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (32nd & 46th Foot) Regimental Museum is located in
The Keep, Bodmin Barracks
Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EG
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-5.00
Curator: Major W H White Tel: (01208) 72810
Directions: About a quarter mile south of town centre on B3269 Lostwithiel road
DCLI Barracks Museum, Bodmin
St Petroc's Church
The Colours in St. Petroc's Church, Bodmin.
27 Old Colours carried by the Regiment since 1816 hang in the Soldier's Aisle.
Bodmin Church Bodmin Church St Petroc's Church
Click on thumbnail images of St Petroc's Church to view full size images

Movements of the Sixth (Service) Battalion
August 1914 formed at Bodmin and sent to Aldershot as the 43rd Brigade (14th Division)
14 September 1914 renamed the 14th (Light) Division
26 September 1914 inspected on Queen's Parade by the King
November 1914 billeted in the Guildford and Godalming district
22 January 1915 inspected on Hankley Common by Earl Kitchener
18 February 1915 sent to Stanhope Lines, Aldershot
11 May 1915 warned to proceed overseas
18 May 1915 entrainment began
21 May 1915 landed at Boulogne
20 February 1918 disbanded in France
Fought in almost every major battle on the Western Front

14th (Light) Division was the junior formation of six divisions formed in August 1914 which formed the First New Army. Kitchener's Volunteers were known at the time as "K1" or the first one hundred thousand. Each division consisted of three brigades each of four infantry battalions. In the 14th (Light) Division all the regiments were of the fast marching rifle or light infantry regiments, hence the sub title "Light". The battalions in the 43rd Brigade were:

Whilst at Aldershot HM the King inspected the division on Queen's Parade on 26 September 1915, and it was inspected by Kitchener on Hankley Common on 11 May 1915. The division crossed to France from Southampton to le Havre and by 25 May 1915 had concentrated around Watten, north west of St Omer.

First World War Battles

Retreat from Mons - Marne, 1914 - Aisne, 1914 - La Bassee, 1914 - Armentieres, 1914 - Ypres, 1915, 17 - Gravenstafel - St. Julien - Frezenberg - Bellewaarde - Hooge, 1915 - Mount Sorrel - Somme, 1916, 18 - Delville Wood - Guillemont - Flers-Courcelette - Morval - Le Transloy - Ancre, 1916 - Bapaume, 1917, 18 - Arras, 1917 - Vimy, 1917 - Scarpe, 1917 - Arleux - Langemarck, 1917 - Menin Road - Polygon Wood - Broodseinde - Poelcappelle - Passchendaele - Cambrai, 1917, 18 - St. Quentin - Rosieres - Lys - Estaires - Hazebrouck - Albert, 1918 - Hindenburg Line - Havrincourt - Canal du Nord - Selle - Sambre - France and Flanders, 1914-1918 - Italy, 1917-18 - Struma - Doiran, 1917, 18 - Macedonia, 1915-18 - Gaza - Nebi Samwil - Jerusalem - Tell Asur - Megiddo - Sharon - Palestine, 1917-18 - Aden

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry silk postcard, made in France for the Allied troops in World War 1 to send home as a souvenir

30 July to 22 September 1915 Hooge (German liquid fire attack) & Bellewaarde
13 August to 16 September 1916 Somme, Delville Wood, Fleurs - Courcelette
14 March to 5 April 1917 Hindenburg Line, Arras, Scarpe, Ypres, Langemarch, Menin Road & Passchendaele

DCLI Colours: 1915 silk postcard

During WW1 William's home address was 43 Haseley Road, Handsworth, Birmingham 21 (QCFO/163/1) - being the address endorsed on his military identity tag.

DCLI Regimental Books

The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)

The Royal Berks

Raised in 1744 as Trelawney's Regiment (49th Foot in 1748) and in 1755 as the 2nd Battalion of the 19th Foot (66th Foot in 1758). These two regiments became the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Princess Charlotte's (Berkshire Regiment) in 1881 (Royal in 1885). As a royal regiment it wore blue facings. The regimental march is the "Dashing White Sergeant". Amalgamated in 1959 with the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) to form The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire).

Regimental Badge The museum is located at The Wardrobe, 58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire [01722 414536]. Hours: April - October daily 10.00 - 4.30; February, March, November Monday - Friday; Closed December & January. Curator: Major (Retd) J H Peters MBE. Memorials and retired Colours are housed at Forbury Gardens in Reading and in St Mary's, St George's and St Laurence's churches in Reading; St Helen's, Abingdon; Windsor Castle and Osborne House, Isle of Wight.

Royal Berkshire Regiment silk postcard, made in France for the Allied troops in World War 1 to send home as a souvenir.
Halt !

First World War Battles The Kitcheners
1914 Mons
1914 - 1918 Ypres
1916 - 1918 Neuve Chapelle, Loos, Somme
1917 - 1918 Arras
1917 Cambrai
1917 - 1918 Selle, Vittorio Veneto, Doiran
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