My main interest is the history of the Regiment and I do not hold any individual soldiers service records Anyone wishing to research a soldier please click here to go to my Soldier Research page.
Why have I chosen these two battalions? – here is a little bit about me, perhaps this will explain.
I have had an interest in military history ever since my Grandfather gave me the cap badges of the Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Artillery as a very young lad; this led to the start of my cap badge collecting obsession which has lasted to the present day, the results of some of which will be found in the following pages.
As a youngster growing up in the Buckinghamshire railway town of Wolverton during the 1960’s and 70’s my grandfather would take me round to some of his workmates many of them first world war veterans who would sort out their old badges for me along with other bits and pieces such as bits of shrapnel that had been removed from them! They would also tell me a bit about what they had done and some of them had served alongside my Great Grandfather who had been a pre world war one territorial with G Company of the Buckinghamshire Battalion and served with them in Belgium and France. I now regret not taking more of an interest in what they told me as I cannot now remember much of what they said and now their generation has passed forever.
I spent a lot of my young life with my granddad and one of my lasting memories is of helping him polish his medals when he needed them for parades and remembrance Sunday. When I was in the Scouts I went for my “Collectors” badge with my badge collection and also the first world war medals of my great Grandfather who served in the RNAS which had been given to me by my Grandmother and to which my grandfather added his fathers Bucks Battalion medals and badges on the condition that I kept them as he had left them and looked after them, this I have done to this day. In more recent years on the passing of my grandfather his medals have joined those of his father and father in law and together with my own medals, three generations now reside together and which hopefully one day my own grandsons will take an interest in.
Christmas 1974 was a turning point for me. I was given the book“A Bridge Too Far” which I read avidly from cover to cover with this and the book “A Bridge at Arnhem” I decided that “The Airborne” was for me and I joined the army straight from school as a Junior (B)Leader with the Parachute Regiment. Later swapping the “Maroon Machine” for the “Green Machine” of the Royal Green Jackets and later joined the Territorials of the 4th (V) Royal Green Jackets the successor unit to my great grandfathers Buckinghamshire Battalion. This was the start of almost thirty years with the Reserve and Cadet forces during which the majority of the time I would be wearing the cap badge of the Royal Green Jackets and finally ending up badged to The Rifles.
I have always been a keen military historian and the history of the Royal Green Jackets really interested me and in particular the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, my county regiment.
Around 2000 I also became involved in Living History or re-enactment and the obvious choice of unit for me with my airborne and green jacket background was the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Living History Group who portrayed the 2nd (Airborne) Battalion 1942-45 and at that time were based at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes. Unfortunately in the mid 2000’s Bletchley Park ceased to hold its high profile living history events but the group was reformed in the late 2000’s.
During those years I have been privileged to meet and talk too many of the survivors of the Pegasus Bridge coup de main party who were very pleased with our interest and portrayal of their exploits.
This new interest gave me the chance to use some of my collection in an educational and beneficial way:-
Educational – “show and tell” displays for Regimental Associations, soldiers, Cadet and school groups as well as the general public.
Fundraising –displays for the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and Project65.