1/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry
From G. K. Rose, The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
“We go first along a broad-gauge railway line (forbidden to be used for foot traffic) and afterwards through Aveluy and past Crucifix Corner to near Mouquet Farm. After a trivial delay of perhaps 40 minutes, the D.C.L.I. or 479 have observed out arrival and tools are counted out and issued, the homeIy pick and shovel.”
“The British advance having reached a standstill, the enemy’s artillery was now firing from more forward positions and paid much attention to places like Mouquet Farm, “Fullock’s Corner, Zollern Redoubt and Field Trench. Parties of D.C.L.I. were daily at work upon the latter, duckboarding and revetting, and completed a fine pioneers’ job right up to Hessian. Field Trench ranked among the best performances of the Cornwalls, whose work altogether at this time deserved high praise.”
“Except for Howitt there was no staff officer upon the spot, and we found after passing St. Venant towards Robecq that it was evervman for himself in the task of stemming the German attack. Parts of the Division, notably the 5th D.C.L.I. and the 2/6th Warwicks, which had been detrained earlier than ourselves to join in the battle, had been roughly handled in fighting south of Merville during the night of April 11/12.”
More Details on the 1/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry
Part of Devon and Cornwall Brigade in Wessex Division. Moved on mobilisation to Falmouth but by end of August 1914 was at Salisbury Plain. Foreign service volunteers were moved to the 1/4th Bn; the 1/5th was now understrength and was replaced in the Brigade by the 1/6th Bn, the Devonshire Regiment. Moved to Newquay and then Falmouth. Moved in April 1916 to Perham Down. April 1916 : moved to Tidworth and converted into a Pioneer Battalion, attached to 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. Landed at Le Havre 22 May 1916.”