1814 -Treaty of Paris signed; Napoleon retired to Elba.
1886 – 2nd Bn Oxfordshire LI – arrived at Bombay (India) from Egypt.
1918-SPECIAL ORDER OF THE DAY By FIELD-MARSHAL SIR DOUGLAS HAIG
K.T., G.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.I.E.
Commander-in-Chief, British Armies in France
To ALL RANKS OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS
Three weeks ago to-day the enemy began his terrific attacks against us on a fifty-mile front. His objects are to separate us from the French, to take the Channel Ports and destroy the British Army.
In spite of throwing already 106 Divisions into the battle and enduring the most reckless sacrifice of human life, he has as yet made little progress towards his goals.
We owe this to the determined fighting and self-sacrifice of our troops. Words fail me to express the admiration which I feel for the splendid resistance offered by all ranks of our Army under the most trying circumstances.
Many amongst us now are tired. To those I would say that Victory will belong to the side which holds out the longest. The French Army is moving rapidly and in great force to our support.
There is no other course open to us but to fight it out. Every position must be held to the last man: there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause each one of us must fight on to the end. The safety of our homes and the Freedom of mankind alike depend upon the conduct of each one of us at this critical moment.
(Signed) D. Haig F.M.
Commander-in-Chief British Armies in France
Tuesday, April 11th, 1918
1918 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – LE SOUICH - MONDICOURT.
Commanding Officers Parades.
The 2/52nd Regiment marched over from its billets and took part in the parade. During it, orders were received to march that afternoon to Mondicourt.
March carried out without incident via Lucheux where each company used the baths and Pommera.
(note the 2/7th Bn The Kings, 57th Division (Lt Col C S Barnes DSO, 52nd Light Infantry) occupied the billets the next night after the Regiment had left and located it by chalk marks which had been left on the doors etc.)
1918 –1/1stBuckinghamshire Battalion – S URBANO VIGO MONTE DI SOVIZZO.
Training of “Employed” men continued.
CO CAPTs HALES & FIRMINGER reconnoitred Intermediate Mountain Line (ASTICO - MARE – PONTE)
MAJOR P A HALL rejoined from English leave.
Ration Strength: 27 Officers 219 OR. Casualties: 1 OR to Hospital.
1918 - 2/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - To HANGEST, whence entrained.
1918 - 5th (S) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - By rail and march to HERLY.
March to Fenquieres and entrain.
Arrive at Maresquel at 6 p.m.
Long, dreary march to Herly. Men very tired.
1945 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI - NWE Heitlingen
The Commanding Officer was informed at Brigade that this Division is now to be Corps reserve. Today we were passed by the 15th (S) Division.
Spring sunshine gave us all a chance of cleaning up & maintenance.
67 further reinforcements arrived.