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

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

Resources on the 184th (2nd South Midland) Brigade

The Battalions that made up the 184th are listed below, with the resources I’ve found for each Battalion:

2/5th Bn Gloucestershire Regt.
Feb 1915 – 11 Nov 1918.
September 1914: Formed at Gloucester as a home service (“second line”) unit.
January 1915: attached to 2nd South Midland Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division, at Northampton.
April 1915: Moved to Chelmsford
August 1915: formation became 184th Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division
Park House Camp (Tidworth) in February 1916.
23 May 1916: Landed in France
August 1915: formation became 184th Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

Story of the 2/5th Battalion the Gloucester Regiment 1914-1918
ed by A.F.Barnes
ISBN: 9781843427582
Format: 2003 N&M Press reprint (original pub 1930) 192pp with 39 b/w photos and 12 maps.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in the 2/5th Gloucester Regiment and the other battalions that made up the 184th (2nd South Midland) Brigade

Gloucestershire Regiment in the War 1914-1918
Everard Wyrall
ISBN: 9781843425724
Format: 2003 N & M Press reprint (original pub 1931). SB. ix + 357pp with one b/w portrait picture frontispiece and 20 maps

Severn & Somme
Ivor Gurney
Publisher: London : Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd.
Published 1917

Ivor Gurney is one of the most well known poets of World War One. He served with the 2nd/5th Gloucesters. The book is freely available at www.archive.org

Key Web Site:
Soldiers of Gloucestershire

2/4th Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Jan 1915 – 11 Nov 1918.
September 1914: Formed at Oxford as a second line unit.
January 1915:moved to Northampton and attached to 184th Brigade in 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. April 1915: Moved to Writtle and quickly on to Broomfield (Essex)
January 1916: moved to Parkhouse Camp, Salisbury Plain.
24 May 1916: landed in France.
March 1919: sailed for Egypt and was still there by the end of that year.

The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
G. K. Rose
Publisher: Oxford : B. H. Blackwell
1920

This book is a fantastic first hand account of the 2/4th Oxfords during WW1, although the “great adventure” tone at time plays down the horrors and failures. The content is freely available from www.archive.org

Key Web Sites:
http://www.lightinfantry.org.uk/regiments/obli/ox_tl.htm
The Museum For The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust

2/1st Buckinghamshire Bn (Oxs and Bucks LI).
Jan 1915 – 22 Feb 1918. Disbanded.
September 1914: Formed at Aylesbury as a second line unit. Record same as 2/4th Bn.
22 February 1918: disbanded at Germaine, troops going to 25th Entrenching Battalion.

2/4th Bn Royal Berkshire Regt.
Feb 1915 – 11 Nov 1918.
6th November 1914: Formed at Reading as a second line unit.
Moved to Maidenhead.
February 1915: Attached to 2nd South Midland Brigade in 2nd South Midland Division, at Northampton.
April 1915: Moved to Chelmsford
August 1915: Formation became 184th Brigade in 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.
March 1916: Moved to Salisbury Plain
27 May 1916: landed at Le Havre.

Key Web Sites:
The Wardrobe The War Diaries for the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment are found online and available for purchase in a printed form. A great resource.

A great Web site: http://www.purley.eu/H142.htm. The site details the operations of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment, but within it is contained a wide range of information on the 184th Brigade and the Battalions that made up the Brigade.

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