Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

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The “Sixty-worst”

I found the following Web page about the 1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders that mentioned that men of the 61st Division called themselves the “Sixty-worst” after the fiasco at Fromelles. Are there any other references about men calling themselves the “Sixty-worst”?


“On 2nd February 1918 three battalions from the 51st Division – the 1/5th Gordon Highlanders, 1/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and 1/9th Royal Scots, were transferred to the second-line Territorial 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, part of General Gough’s Fifth Army.

The 61st had not so far done well in any of its engagements and its own members called themselves the ‘Sixty-worst’, a name no-doubt echoed by many Australians who had served next to them during the fiasco at Fromelles during the Somme campaign. It was possibly hoped that the Highlanders would strengthen the Division.

The Gordons were not happy about the move to the second-line division. The following extract is from The Life of a Regiment:

The 5th Battalion had always belonged to the Highland Division. It had not even been temporararily separated from it like the 4th and 6th, which had come out in advance of the division. On January 31st 1918 the 5th Battalion was inspected by Major General Harper, who expressed his deep regret at its departure . . .The battalion gave him three rousing cheers before marching off the parade ground. On February 2nd, when it left the divisional area, the 6th and 7th Black Watch and the 7th Gordons lined the route with bands playing and cheered it as it passed. It joined the 183rd Brigade of the 61st Division on a front not long taken over from the French, a short way north of St Quentin.”


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