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

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Regimental Serjeant-Major William Francis Douglas

“Few battalions of the British Army could boast a finer feat of arms than the holding of the Enghien Redoubt by Captain Rowbotham, 2nd Lieutenant Cunningham, Regimental Sergeant -Major Douglas and some 150 men of D Company and Battalion Headquarters. From 10.30 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. on March 21st, 1918, these brave soldiers, enormously outnumbered and completely surrounded, stemmed the great tide of the German attack and by their devoted self-sacrifice enabled their comrades to withdraw in good order.”

Name: DOUGLAS, WILLIAM FRANCIS
Initials: W F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Regimental Serjeant Major
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 44
Date of Death: 21/03/1918
Service No: 201022
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Father of James Douglas, of 58, Corn Market St., Oxford. Native of Oxford. Served in the South African Campaign.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. F. 14.
Cemetery: GOMIECOURT SOUTH CEMETERY

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