On this day 12th September
1777 – 52nd – Battalion Companies 52nd embarked to capture Newark (North America).
1914 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI –Battle of the AISNE commenced (2nd Bn present) .
1917 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – CAMBRIN.
1917–1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – ROAD CAMP ST JAN TER BIEZEN.
All Companies training according to Programme.
Ration Strength 21 Officers 600 OR
1917 – 6th (S) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – To MALAKOFF FARM (Ypres)
1918 - 2/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - Cpl. W. Wilcox, near Laventie, gained the V.C.
[ London Gazette, 15 November 1918 ], near Laventie, France, 12 September 1918, Lance Corporal Alfred Wilcox, 2/4th Bn, Oxforshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack (near Laventie, France) when his company was held up by heavy and persistent machine-gun fire at close range. On his own initiative, with four men he rushed ahead to the nearest enemy gun, bombed it, killed the gunner, and put the gun out of action.
Being then attacked by an enemy bombing party, Cpl. Wilcox picked up enemy bombs and led his party against the next gun, finally capturing and destroying it. Although left with only one man, he continued bombing and captured a third gun. He again bombed up the trench, captured a fourth gun, and then rejoined his platoon.
Cpl. Wilcox displayed in this series of successful individual enterprises exceptional valour, judgment, and initiative.
Alfred Wilcox was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 26th November 1918.
1918 - 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI engaged Battle of Havrincourt.