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The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry
6 October 1959 - 10 July 1968

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Brief History of the SCLI

by Brigadier A.I.H. Fyfe DL

SCLI in Osnabruck... More
SCLI in Gibraltar... More
SCLI in Tobruk...
SCLI in Berlin... More
SCLI in Gravesend...
SCLI in Aden... More
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Should any ex SCLI wish to trace old pals Email site curator (Keith) .. with full name (not nicknames) and area last known, I will see what I can do.

Northern Ireland
Special Notice

The Northern Ireland page remains but will probably not been updated. As the Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI) became the Light Infantry (LI) on the 10 July 1968 just before doing a tour in Northern Ireland.

But for the information it already contains it was decided not to totally remove the content from this site. As it was felt that it may useful for people doing research on the Light Infantry in Northern Ireland.


"One and All" by Hugo White

Review by Richard Holmes

The real merit of the British infantry across the centuries has been to preserve qualities when organisations change, for change they must in a world where few things are constant. But none of this stopped me having to blink rather hard when I saw the photograph of Colonel Williams leading his troops out of the depot at Bodmin for the last time.


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This website will not have any new material added to it other than what you see.

This website was founded by Keith Petvin-Scudamore in 2002 - to pay tribute to the men who served in the regiment. The site is now in the care of David & Kathy Blacklock.

Please see Obituary Pages .

The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry

(A 9 Year Regiment)

Webmaster estimates that during those 9 years 3000 soldiers served with the regiment, 242 are recorded in Obituary pages..



This pic was taken at Pontefract Barracks in 1960 - it is Gib Platoon 'the smallest Pln to post out in LI history' standing are, from left to right: Back Row - Pte Tweddel DLI - Pte Denmeade SCLI - Pte Conlin SCLI - Pte Edyvean SCLI Pte Sullivan SCLI - Pte Wake DLI - Pte Hains SCLI

Front Row: - Pte Phipps KSLI - Cpl Sweatman - Sgt Pascoe - Lt. Saunt - Cpl Vague KSLI - Pte Ellis KSLI.

(Image supplied by Jane Hains, widow of David Hains)

Should you have any information, could you please email me




New picture of A Coy - Jan. 1960

Pic supplied by Rex Brain - click to enlarge and read all the names.

B Company (Osnabruck 1961) - Lieut Angus Drew (Military Police) is on the left, he was on secondment to SCLI



This site is devoted to the history of the regiment from 1959 to 1968.

The Parent Regiments

The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

The Somerset Light Infantry


The 1st Battalion The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry served at Osnabruck until June 1961, when it moved, by way of Plymouth to Gibraltar.It is interesting to note that as Barrymore's (13th) Foot and Fox's Marines, the two parent regiments first met (and shared the same battle honour) at Gibraltar. Gibraltar Day is now celebrated annually on 6th October as the Regimental Day of Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry. The old Regimental Days of Jellalabad, Lucknow and Paardeburg are still remembered, with short histories published in Battalion Orders.

Among the distinctions brought from its parent regiments, the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry has the Royal Blue Facings and Royal Bugle Cords of the Somerset Light Infantry, the red patch commemorating the red feathers of the Light Company of the 46th Foot (later the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) and the privilege of wearing the sash knotted on the right side ,a unique distinction usually associated with the gallantry of the 13th Foot at Culloden.The green head-dress, whistle cord and No 1 Dress Uniform are common to all Light Infantry Regiments.The parent Regiments were raised: in 1685 as Huntingdon's Foot (now The Somerset Light Infantry), in 1702, as Fox's Marines, and in 1740 as the 57th (later renumbered 46th)(1st and 2nd Battalions The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry). Their names remain the names of the two Territorial Army Battalions.

The 1st Battalion received Colours in May 1962 whilst stationed in Gibraltar, the Colours being presented on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen by Field Marshal The Lord Harding of Petherton. The 1st Battalion served in West Berlin, Gravesend and Aden before becoming part of the new Regiment in 1968..

In 1968.07.10 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry redesignated upon formation of "large" regiment from Light Infantry Brigade.


Taunton Branch

The Rifles & Light Infantry Association (Somerset Division)

We meet at Jellalabad House, 14 Mount Street, Taunton. Meetings are now held on the last Tuesday morning each month throughout the year ( Apart from December ) at 1100hrs.

Contact Lawrie Hodges on Taunton 01823-279109. Click HERE for more information

LI Assoc. (Bristol Branch). We meet at the TA centre in Whiteladies Rd. Bristol on the third Thursday of every month except August and December.
There are lots of ex LI men in and around Bristol we could do with your support. Tel: 0117 9861674

LI Assoc. (Bodmin). Meetings Quarterly Contact the Secretary

Mr S Rowland 01208 75392.

LI Assoc. (Bath) Secretary Mr J Watson 01225 426689. Meeting 1st Friday of each month at Army Reserve Centre, Bath.

LI Assoc. (Norton/Radstock) Secretary Mr R Collins JP 01749 675495. Meeting last Friday of each month at RBL Club, Midsomer Norton.


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The SCLI Colours that were presented at Europa Gibraltar 1962 (Photo supplied by Stephen Taylor)

3D SCLI Screen Saver
[14th Sept 2005]



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