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27th May 1918

On this day 100 years ago my great-uncle Fred Cowling and his Battalion, the 1/5th Durham Light Infantry, along with the other soldiers of the 151st Brigade, fought on the River Aisne.

The battle led to terrible casualties for the DLI - 24 officers and about 650 men.

The Battalion could not recover from this. At the roll call for the 151st Brigade’s 3 battalions at Vert la Gravelle on the 31st, only 103 were present.

It was said that every survivor had lost a dozen friends.

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