The story of a very personal Beer

Our Head Brewer, Kevin Carr, had the idea for brewing DLIPA at his grandpa's 100th birthday in 2018

George Sydney (Syd) Elliott served with the 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry in WWII at Tobruk, the siege of Malta and then Greece, where he was captured on Leros and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Syd sadly died at Falstone Manor Care Home, Sunderland, shortly after his 100th birthday, however, the memory of that day and the kindness shown by members of the DLI Association stayed with him to the end

Born and raised in Norham, Syd married his wife Elizabeth after the war and lived for many years in Grindon, Sunderland. Elizabeth, a widow, already had a daughter, Eileen, from her first marriage to William Pigg. William and Elizabeth had been next door neighbours and childhood sweethearts in Millfield, Sunderland. 


William, a keen footballer who had played with Sunderland Boys, was recruited into the DLI at Brancepeth Castle at the same time as Syd. They were good friends and when on leave Syd would often visit William and his family - his wife Elizabeth and young daughter Eileen (Kevin's mother).


William contracted TB whilst on active service in the Middle East and was sent back to England where he sadly died about a year after the war ended. He was 29 years old; Eileen was only 2. 

Syd kept in touch with Elizabeth and continued to visit. Eventually romance blossomed and he married Elizabeth and had another daughter Moira (Kevin's Aunty).  Although Eileen loved Syd very much, she often feels sad that she never really knew her father William, as he died so young while Syd reached the ripe old age of 100. 

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DLIPA is a tribute to William and Syd and the thousands of other young men and women who either served with the DLI or lost loved ones who did and also to the DLI Association who brought so much joy to Syd on his 100th birthday. 

The bottle label incorporates the regimental cap badge in gold. The green and red reflect to colours used on the regimental tie. We’ve also included an image of the statue in Durham Market Place, a copy of which was presented to Syd by the DLI Association on the occasion of his 100th birthday.


If you look very closely around the outer part of the rectangular portion of the label, you will see a reference to the two former soldiers:


   4459805 Private William Pigg (13 Sept 1917 - 17 Sept 1946)                                          4459588 Private George Sydney Elliott (23 Jan 1918 - 21 Jun 2018)















We hope you enjoy DLIPA. Raise your glass to the "Faithful Durhams"! 


Read more about about the Durham Light Infantry and the work of the Association