1811 – 43rd & 52nd - Combat of Redinha.(Peninsula)
1918 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – METZ-EN-COUTURE. (France)
Regimental Headquarters was reconnoitred by OC Support Battalion of Centre Brigade and later in the day this battalion effected an entry, under an “arrangement” whereby the dugout should be shared as a double Battalion Headquarters; a most inconvenient and unworkable arrangement which lasted for some 48 hours, at the end of which we re-occupied the accommodation lost.
During the nights (12th, 13th & 14th) the enemy used mustard gas by means of bombardment in the front and support areas, which caused very great inconvenience and casualties, in particular to ration convoys and parties – The regimental Transport suffered very much in personnel especially in coming through Villiers Plouich which became impassable by reason of gas fumes. The Gas Casualties most of which declared themselves at once, amounted to close on 100. Many of whom were transferred to England almost at once.
QuarterMaster & Hon Lt F Barnes MC was badly affected but refused to go sick until he was literally blind – This Officer very happily rejoined on 20.3.18.
Casualties: Wounded = 46.
The most thorough precautions had to be taken, e.g. men who had been in the affected area, even brake men of limbers of ration convoy passing through who by wearing box respirators were not affected at the time were found to be subsequently made ill by sleeping in their clothes to which the gas had clung, consequently clothing had to be removed outside billets, and sleeping in close proximity to other men became unsafe.
A Platoon of C Coy in Wood Trench was transferred almost complete to Hospital.
1918 –1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion - IL MONTELLO (NERVESA). (Italy)
In the Line.
Considerable Artillery activity by both sides during the day.
NERVESA TRACK A and LOWER CLIFF RD shelled intermittently.
RIVER PIAVE still too deep for crossing.
Ration Strength: 36 Officers 802 OR.
To Hospital Sick: 1 OR.