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Durham Light Infantry.

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Janice Report 18 Jan 2021 18:27

My Brother who has just passed away was in the Durham Light Infantry, he went into the Army as a Boy and was there until about 1959 or 1960 when he was discharged on medical grounds. I think it would be around 1951 when he went into the army
He did play with the band at Kneller Hall and I know he was stationed in Germany at some stage before actually being medically discharged.
He was called Peter Hepworth when born in 1936, but had his name changed to Peter Avinou by Deed Poll when his Mother remarried and had two younger children, wishing them all to have the same surname. I can find no record of My BROTHER Peter under either name? Any Suggestions anyone?.


Janice Report 18 Jan 2021 18:29

Please Notify me


ArgyllGran Report 18 Jan 2021 19:46

Such recent army records are with the MOD, and not available online.

As you have posted on the Military Chat board, I assume that's what you're looking for?

You can apply for a copy of his record.
Instructions here:

It will cost £30, and the records can take months to arrive.


ErikaH Report 19 Jan 2021 10:49

As his death is so recent, you will almost certainly be expected to provide a copy of the death cert, and probably be asked to prove your entitlement.


KathleenBell Report 19 Jan 2021 13:01

Was your brother born in Dewsbury? If so, his birth is in the indexes, but perhaps you meant that you couldn't find his name in military records.

Kath. x


Doreima Report 10 Feb 2022 01:29

Hello Janice,
I may be able to look up a few names of men in DLI band as there are retired servicemen in my area who served in that regiment. I'll get back to you when I've made enquiries. I do know that they served in Germany and UK.


ErikaH Report 10 Feb 2022 14:16

Janice hasn't returned to her thread so is unlikely to see your kind offer

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 11 Feb 2022 07:42

So when did he get a name change

Name: Peter Avinou
Year: 1960
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Sowerby
Place of Abode: 4
Reference Number: SOW:18/1

Witt James Grieg Avinou and Nellie


ArgyllGran Report 11 Feb 2022 10:13

His mother is still Hepworth in 1939, listed as married:

Willie Hepworth
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: Willie Hepworth [Willie Avinou] [Nellie Avinou]
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 27 Jun 1915
Residence Date: 1939
Address: 2
Residence Place: Heckmondwike, Yorkshire (West Riding), England
Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties
Line Number: 30
Schedule Number: 301
Sub Schedule Number: 1
Enumeration District: KNEB
Borough: Heckmondwike
Registration district: 502/5
Household Members Age
Willie Hepworth 24
[plus 2 closed records ]

She didn't marry James G Avinou until 1980, but had been known by his surname before that - since at least 1947.

Marriages Sep 1980 (>99%)

Nellie Avinou
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Nellie Avinou
[Nellie Jagger]
Death Age: 84
Birth Date: 27 Jun 1915
Registration Date: Sep 1999
Registration District: Huddersfield
Inferred County: West Yorkshire
Register Number: B57D
District and Subdistrict: 0891D
Entry Number: 82

James Greig Avinou
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: James Greig Avinou
Death Age: 74
Birth Date: 26 Mar 1920
Registration Date: May 1994
Registration District: Halifax
Inferred County: West Yorkshire
Register Number: B11C
District and Subdistrict: 0841B
Entry Number: 163

Nellie Avinou [ and James G Avinou ]
in the West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962
Name: Nellie Avinou
Year: 1947
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Spen Valley
Place of Abode: 28 Chapel Avenue
Reference Number: SPEN:13/4

There's one Avinou/Jagger birth - 1949. It's also registered as Hepworth/Jagger.

Another Hepworth/Jagger birth in 1953. That one's not registered as Avinou.

So Peter's name change presumably some time after 1949 ?


ErikaH Report 11 Feb 2022 13:00

There is no query about the name change
the poster merely wants her brother’s service record, but unless she looks at the replies on here, she’ll never know how to get them