Durham Light Infantry - Military Medal
From Hartlepool, William Ainsley first served with the 21st (Reserve) Battalion DLI which was formed in July 1915 at Cocken Hall, near Durham, from the reserve companies of the 18th and 19th Battalions DLI. Private Ainsley later fought on the Western Front with the 18th (Durham Pals) Battalion DLI and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery in 1918.
Where to look for more information about this person:
His medal is in the DLI Collection. https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/dlimedals/
The London Gazette, 18 October 1918: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30962/supplement/12400
Civil Parish: Hartlepool
Armed force/civilian: Army
Served as 21/375 Private with 21st (Reserve) & 18th Battalions DLI.
Medal(s): Military Medal.
Contributed by Durham County Record Office
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