1884 - 52nd - arrived at Gibraltar on its 3rd visit.
1917 – 2nd Bn OXF & BUCKS LI – LE PREOL.
The regiment again relieved the 2nd Bn Highland Light Infantry as before.
The feature of the six days tour now begun was some very good patrolling, carried out by parties under Lt Neville, 2/Lt Warren and 2/Lt Ames. Of Other Ranks 8665 LCpl J Tilbury, B Coy is most deserving of Mention.
All these parties entered German Lines, in the case of 2/Lt Warren’s twice in broad daylight, on 2 consecutive days in the same place, on the second occasion.
Full details of all patrols are filed with the Regimental Office Copy of the diary.
The attitude of the enemy was extraordinarily quiet and gave an impression of extreme lack of vigilance throughout. There is no doubt however that the various thefts commited by our patrols, e.g. the removal by 2/Lt Warren of a loaded rifle from a German Snipers post made them alive to the necessity for great vigilance.
On 25th and 26th reconnoitering parties and probable Staff Officers being noticeable about their lines especially in the quiet of the early mornings.
1917–1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – DAMBRE CAMP B27d
Coys now made into 2 platoons owing to shortage of men.
MAJOR P A HALL rejoined Battn from HOUTERQUE.
Ration Strength 16 Officers 533 OR
1917 – 2/1st Bucks Bn & 2/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – To trenches POMMERN CASTLE SECTOR (YPRES)
1917 – 5th (S) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – Moved to HALFWAY HOUSE.
1944 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI – GONNEVILLE & MERVILLE.
The Regt was ordered to concentrate at ST RICHER 2069, this was completed by 2130 hrs.
At 2300 hrs the Comd Offr received orders to stand by to move.
1944 – 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion (Normandy):-
0930 - CO and QM go to 1 Corps. On way over are met by agitated off from Airborne who states that General Gale urgently wants to see them. Arrive at HQ Airborne to find that they want all our tpt and carriers for load carrying. CO explains it cannot be done as we have just had another order to hand them all in. CO and QM proceed to 1 Corps, see DDOS and it is there arranged that stores need only be handed in as and when we like and if we like. The following infm is also obtained (i) Our future is likely to be garrison duties (ii) 21 Army Gp are now preparing a minimum cadre for the Bn - nos not yet specified (iii) There will be no further drafts till our future is settled, and the minimum cadre agreed (iv) We will remain in present location until further notice.
1500 - Lt Col Gore, G1 Ops 21 Army Gp arrived to enquire if we had yet withdrawn all our men from Airborne Div. Explained that they had been withdrawn a week ago and since sent on draft. 21 Army Gp it appears knew nothing of this and were extremely surprised as we are apparently directly under 21 Army Gp and not 1 Corps. He hinted that we might be returned to OUISTREHAM in our original role of guarding the docks and that we would become a garrison unit later.
2300 - Started to rain hard and continued raining throughout the night. Enemy AC overhead. AA opened up - no bombs in our area.
1956 - 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks LI (43rd & 52nd) - arrived in Cyprus.