Pte Les Bernard (4469441), left, and his cousin Pte Stan Bernard (4469442) were both called up from Scarborough directly into ‘R’ (Recruit Company) of the 16th DLI at Folkstone in January 1942.

After training they were both assigned to C Company and were friends of my father, Tom Tunney, who was also in that company through to being captured at Sedjenane.

Les survived Sedjenane and was later transferred to the the 1st Battalion DLI, ending the war as a Sergeant. His cousin Stan was less fortunate and was killed on 27/2/43. With no known grave he is commemorated on the Medjez el Bab Memorial. Click here to see the Memorial.

Note the distinctive 46 Division ‘Oak Tree’ and ‘Guards style’ Durham Light Infantry shoulder flash in the photo of Les above. I’m very proud to say that both the 46 Division image and the DLI shoulder flash image on the home page of this site were scanned from originals once worn by him. Photos courtesy Les Bernard.

For more photographs of other C Company men prior to Tunisia, click here.

Les and Stan Bernard, C Company, 16 DLI 1942
Les Bernard, C Coy, 16 DLI, 1942
Stan Bernard, C Coy, 16 DLI, 1942