1791 – 52nd – Engaged at Capture of Bangalore Fortress.
1918 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – VALLULART CAMP, YTRES. (France)
Opening day of German Offensive.
Roused by heavy bombardment and ordered about 5AM to stand to arms.
Remained in a state of readiness to move at short notice all day and towards evening it became fairly obvious that a move would be ordered during the night.
Little news, if any.
1918 –1/1stBuckinghamshireBattalion – S GEORGIO DELLPERTICHE. (Italy)
2/LT BATES & ELLWOOD rejoined from leave.
Ration Strength: 34 Officers 801 OR.
Casualties: 3 OR to Hospital Sick.
1918 - Battle of St. Quentin; The great German Spring offensive in France commenced.
2/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI and 5th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI. heavily engaged.
1918 - 2/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - Overwhelmed; very heavy casualties. (France)
2/4th (TF) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI - FAYET
In Forward Zone.
Our positions were subjected to severe enemy bombardment commencing at 4.30 a.m., gas shells being frequently used on our back areas and keeps.
At 9 a.m. under a heavy smoke barrage, a strong hostile attack was launched, penetrating the forward Zone and surrounding ENGHEIN REDOUBT.
The garrison of the latter, D Coy and Battn Headquarters, held out till 4 p.m. at which time owing to casualties they attempted to fight their way out.
The remainder of the Battalion attached themselves to 2/5th GLOSTERS.
Missing (14); = Capt. K.E. BROWN, M.C. Capt. C.E.P. FORESHEW M.C.
Capt. F.J. CAHILL, M.O.R.C., U.S.A.,
2/Lieut’s. R. OSTLER, J. PETT,
C.H. WALLINGTON, M.C. V.C. GRAY, J.C. CUNNINGHAM, J.W. MALLETT,
F.A. NAYLOR, G.SHELLEY, G.V. ROWBOTHAM, M.C. C.H. LEACH, P.J. SIMMS.
Missing believed killed (4): = Lieut. G.E. BASSETT,
2/Lieuts. R.G.H. GOUGH, W.H. FLORY, C.C. HALL.
Wounded and missing (1); = 2/Lieut. E. LITTLE.
OTHER RANKS .
Killed = 5. Wounded =32 Wounded and Missing = 31. Missing = 494.
1918 - 5th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - Heavily engaged and had many casualties. (France)
5th (S) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - MONTESCOURT
ACTION 6.5 a.m.
Battn. moved up to Battle Zone under command of MAJOR LABOUCHERE.
A & D Companies loose very heavily from shell fire.
Enemy reach Battle Zone about 11.30. a.m.
Front post lost, having been obliterated with occupants by shell fire.
Second line held in front of Brigade Headquarters along BENAY- ESSIGNY road.
Some hand to hand fighting, 8 prisoners taken.
Enemy massing in LAMBAY WOOD and ESSIGNY all afternoon.
Line abandoned at night all British Troops retire behind canal at FLAVY.
Casualties; Lt. ANDERSON, 2nd Lt FAWCETT, killed. MAJOR WILLIAMS, 2nd Lt’s. TRAYNOR and BALDWIN wounded. Lt. COOK, 2nd Lt’s. COLLINGE and THEOBALD missing.
About 180 other ranks casualties.