2ND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE BATTALION.(TF) 1914-1918 Extracted from : A short history of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1741-1922 for the young soldiers of the Regiment By R.B. Crosse. Ypres, 1917. Langemarck, 1917. Cambrai, 1917. Rosieres. Somme, 1918.
The Battalion was recognised as a separate unit on September 26th, 1914, and after training and garrison duty at home proceeded to France, as part of the 184th Infantry Brigade, 61st Division, in May, 1916.
On July 19th, near Laventie, the Battalion made a gallant attack, and suffered heavy casualties, moving later to the areas of the Somme and Ancre. In 1917, having relieved the French at Ablaincourt, the Battalion distinguished itself before St. Quentin when the German retreat took place, and later, after holding the line near Arras, moved north for the Third Battle of Ypres. On August 22nd, in the attack on Somme Farm, Aisne Farm, and Kansas Cross Roads, it again distinguished itself. Moving in November to the Cambrai area, the Battalion held the line in front of Villers Plouich during the German counter-attack, and later went into the line near St. Quentin, but in February 1918, was withdrawn to be disbanded.
As the 25th Entrenching Battalion, it was heavily engaged in the fighting following the German advance, until on April 7th amalgamated with the 2/4th Battalion of the Regiment.
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