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But although the bravery of most Durham Light Infantry battalions has been well Rolex Daytona Platinum Replica documented, the story of one particular unit has never been told until now.

"This book is a tribute to the "Faithful" service of the 2nd Battalion," writes Major Chris Lawton, regimental secretary of The Rifles, in the foreword.

a gruesome and bloody death.

"The 2nd Battalion was one of only two battalions of the regiment that did not have its history published in some form after the Great War," he said.

>> Read moving letter from the front written by DLI soldiers in today's Sunderland Echo

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The Steel of the DLI: The 2nd Battalion of the Light Infantry At War has been penned by ex REME soldier John Sheen a Durham man through and through.

But the future facing those pitmen, factory workers and Wear shipbuilders on the bloody battlefields of France would be a brutal and often short one.

The determination to fight for "King, country and God above" saw thousands of men from across old County Durham sign up to fight in the First World War.

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Officially, around 1,400 men of the 2nd Battalion paid the ultimate price for their country, but it has taken a former Army man to complete the record.

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From tales of shell bombardment in the trenches, to gas attacks and tragic battle deaths, everything is described in the words of those who were there.

The Steel of the DLI provides not only an early history of the battalion, but also a detailed attack by attack history of its battles on the Western Front.

And, as an interesting twist, the roll has been cross referenced against South Africa rolls, to show those who had seen service in that campaign too.

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Dozens of photos help to capture the moment too particularly those of young soldiers smiling just months away from Rolex Daytona Womens Watch

Also included is a roll of all battalion officers, Rolex Daytona Ceramic White Gold

John Sheen will give a talk on the service of the 2nd Battalion in France at the DLI Museum in Durham on April 10, from 2pm. The Steel of the DLI is published by Pen and Sword Books Limited at 25.

"As a regular Home Service battalion of the regiment, it was brought up to strength with Regular Reservists and men from the Special Reserve.

as well as a list of the original 1914 Star men and one featuring reinforcements up to November 1, 1914.

"Between 1914 and 1918 there were 1,306 'other rank' fatalities and, of the 308 officers who served, 75 were either killed or died of wounds.

But, for the average reader, it will perhaps be the many snippets of letters and diary extracts from the front line which give this book a special poignancy.

Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion

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"With the writing of this book, John Sheen has filled this gap."

Indeed, the unit swung into action just hours after war was declared in 1914, boarding a German steamer on the River Tyne and taking the crew prisoner.

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"After the First World War, the battalion was one of the few regular battalions that did not have its wartime history published, and this left a gap," said Major Lawton.

"But this figure would increase if an accurate total of those who died of wounds after discharge could be achieved. It is estimated the wounded figure could be over 5,000."

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