1809 - The Light Division at Horquerra, on the River Vadillo (Spain).
1915 – 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI -IN TRENCHES AT GIVENCHY.
Artillery bombardment continued. In the late afternoon the Regiments of the 5th Brigade assumed their “battle stations” preparatory to attacking on the following day, the order being as under:
On Right Glasgow Highlanders, then 2/HLI, 1/Queens, 2/Oxf & Bucks Lt Infty, one company 7/KINGS REGT.
The Regiments frontage was between BERKELEY ST (about 100 yards South of the SHRINE) and North end of Northern Group of Craters.
Companies being distributed as follows:
On Right: A Company, Supported by C Company.
On Left: D Company with B Company in Reserve.
Regimental Head Quarters moved to deep shelters close behind the Support trenches.
Brigade Head Quarters moved to FANSHAWE CASTLE between PONT FIXE and WINDY CORNER.
Every man carried 220 rounds of Ammunition. Also 2 sandbags.
Packs, including waterproof coats were stored and the following equipment was worn:
Haversack in middle of back with Waterproof Sheet and cardigan waistcoat rolled on belt below.
In view of the use of smoke helmets of which one tube pattern, one ordinary pattern and one respirator are now carried, everyone had a distinguishing mark sewn on the upper part of the left arm:
In companies the O.C. the Co wore a large letter, Platoon Commanders and Sergeants the number (large) and Other Ranks the number (small) of their platoons. Men (5) carrying Vermoral Sprayers wore V.S. on an armlet.
All orderlies wore a Red and White band on one arm.
The C.O. and the Adjutant wore a small piece of Regimental Ribbon pinned on the shoulder.
The following were kept in Reserve near WINDY CORNER . All Reserve Machine Gunners and Signallers. From companies all NCO’s surplus to an establishment of one Platoon Sergeant and 2 NCO’s per section. The Corps permitted only 20 Officers to be taken into action 2nd Lieut PEPLOE remained in Reserve.
Casualties: Killed 2. Wounded 3.
1915– 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – HEBUTERNE
Battalion in Trenches.
Guns shelled enemy position 2.30pm & 5.30pm – No Reply.