1776 - 43rd. and 52nd - engaged at White Plains (America).
1918 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – ST. PYTHON.
Training and reorganisation continued.
Orders received to move tomorrow, 29th, in relief of the Support Battalion of 76th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division in the line. This move was subsequently postponed 24 hours but the postponement was cancelled.
1918 –1/1stBuckinghamshire Battalion – IN SUPPORT RIGHT BRIGADE.
Batt moved via S.SISTO Road to Forming Up Positions just South of MIDWAY HOUSE at 0045.
Orders for raid as attached (Appendix “A”)
The forming up went most smoothly & was complete by Zero -20.
In the advance to the enemy line direction was well kept. This was greatly facilitated by the firing of 2 Smoke shells marking the boundaries of the Point of Entry.
The Left & Centre of the attack on arrival at a point about 50yards from enemy front trench came under the fire of our own barrage, which was shooting very short.
This caused 27 casualties.
A & B Coys on arrival at the CLAMA Road again came under fire from our own guns which were shooting very short, especially in the neighbourhood of MADDALENA, another 15 casualties were sustained in this way.
The Objectives were finally reached. The area was found to be completely evacuated by the enemy who had apparently withdrawn to the M. CATZ line at dusk.
One man left behind to fire Verey lights was captured – the only man seen.
On account of the casualties and the disappointment in finding the cupboard bare the show was a great blow.
20 Yugo-Slovaks were attached for propaganda purposes – 3 Italian Officers for instruction.
Total casualties: 2LT L R CORRAM & 2LT G S H SHERWIN Wounded – 7 OR Killed, 47 OR Wounded – 12 OR Wounded (remained at duty).
Ration Strength: 20 Officers 688 OR.