1915 - 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – RAIMBERT
Route Marching and Training (chiefly in Woods) carried out.
1915 – 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – PLOEGSTEERT WOOD
Relieved by 5/GLOSTERS at 7pm.
Back in billets in ROMARIN by 9.45pm.
1916 – 2/4th Oxf & Bucks LI and 2/1st Bucks Bn arrived Havre from England.
1940 - 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion - HAZEBROUCK
Very little of note was reported during Sunday, the 26th May. A Company sent a patrol along the railway to Morbecque to ascertain if any ammunition trucks were on the line. The patrol did not find any trucks, but reported that the line had been cut in two places. Other A Company patrols went out in search of food, which was now very short; emergency rations were already being used. The carrier platoon patrolled along the road to Morbecque and made contact with an enemy outpost
During the day nearly two hundred men straggled into the town in an exhausted state. These included forty men from a battalion of the Cheshire Regiment with three Vickers guns and three trucks of ammunition. All these men were attached to A Company, where they formed one machine-gun and three rifle platoons. Most of the men were without rifles and ammunition; those who had rifles were issued with ammunition, the remainder being given hand grenades and axes.
In the afternoon Brigadier Somerset visited Battalion headquarters. At 2000 hrs. a warning order was received to be at half an hour’s notice to move.
During the day a few enemy tanks were seen in the distance, but well out of range. There was slight enemy artillery activity in the afternoon, no material damage being caused. A large number of enemy reconnaissance aircraft flew over the town. In the early evening a report was issued that six enemy tanks had been seen approaching towards Hondeghem, a mile or so to the north. Two companies and a section of carriers were ordered there; the carriers went, but the move of the companies was postponed.
By this time it was realised that the enemy was in the area and that some form of evacuation was taking place at Dunkirk. Again the night was quiet.
1944 – 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion
Confined to Petworth Camp in preparation of the move to the marshalling camps ready for the D Day invasion of Normandy.