16 DLI Officers 1944

This photograph was taken at Er Rama, Palestine in April 1944 (courtesy of Major Frank Duffy MC's daughter, Mrs M Maud). Honours and Awards are those pertaining at this time. Later awards are in brackets.

Front row, left to right: Dr H M Jones MC, Major Alan Hay, Major Frank Duffy MC, Major Denis Worrall MC, Lt Col J Preston DSO, Captain H Pritchard, Capt Harry Mynheer MM, Capt Quartermaster 'Bert' Newman MBE, Lt Maurice Richardson.

Second row: Lt Jimmy Coutts, Lt Laurie John, Lt Gordon R Harris, Major Pat Casey (later MC), Lt Woodlands, Lt Ray Mitchell, Lt Geoffrey Lindley, Lt Tom Reynolds MC, Lt Henry Harris.

Third row: Lt McVicar, Lt Tom Periam, Lt Arthur Pearson (ex-C Company CSM, later Major and MC with the Carrier Platoon, Support Company), Lt Frank Flory, Lt Bill Miller, Lt Russell Collins MC, Lt J Gordon McKenzie, Lt Ken Mitchell (KIA 11/9/44), Lt ‘Dai’ Dodd.

Back Row: Lt Ronald Elliott (later MC), Lt Brian Hill, Lt 'Giff' Footer, Lt John Smith, Lt Richard Hewlett, Lt Stanley 'Tim' Marshall (KIA 31/8/44).

Several of the officers listed above were interviewed at length by the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive in the 1990s. These interviews are now available to listen to online at the IWM site. These are the direct links:

Russell Collins: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80012168
Lionel Dodd: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80017632
Henry Harris: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80024306
Alan Hay: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80012802
Richard Hewlett: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80017633

These 16 DLI officers, not present on the above photograph, were also interviewed at length by the IWM:

Paul Armstrong (briefly with the battalion in 1942): http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80014570
Gerry Barnett: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80011974
Ronald Sherlaw MC: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80017375
Lawrence Stringer: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80017280
Douglas Tiffin: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80011992
Arthur Vizard http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80016069

Also Dr H M Jones deposited his 20 page typescript account of serving as a frontline doctor with the 16 DLI in 1943-44 with the Imperial War Museum. This IWM page has a summary of its contents:

16th DLI Officers, April 1944