The Society's seal and three photographs

African Lives in Northern England

Jimmy Durham

Picture credits; reproduced by permission of the DLI archives and Durham County Record Office, D/Lo/C 113

In 1886, a small baby was found on the banks of the Nile by Captain Beauvoir de Lisle of the Durham Light Infantry, and more or less adopted by the regiment. He enlisted as a boy soldier in 1899, and later married a woman from Bishop Auckland. Sadly, he died serving in Ireland in 1910.

His story was told on a BBC web-page in 2014, at the same time as a small exhibition was mounted in the foyer of Durham Light Infantry Museum. John Hughes, grandfather of our contributor Barbara Kentish, is in the group photo reproduced in the calendar, and must have known Jimmy Durham well.


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