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

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Captain W. G. Murray, (Quarter Master)

From G. K. Rose, The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Early March 1918
“Early in March some reinforcements from the 6th Oxfords, who had been disbanded, arrived; they numbered two hundred. Among the new officers who joined were Foreshew, Rowbotham, and Cunningham. Foreshew received command of C Company, whose commander Matthews went to England for a six months’ rest. To Hobbs also, our worthy quartermaster, it was necessary to bid a reluctant farewell. His successor, Murray, a very able officer from the 4th Gloucesters, arrived in time to check the table of stores before the opening of the great offensive.”

After 21st March 1918
“Transport and stores, for extricating which credit was due to Abraham and Murray, alone came out complete.”

7th April 1918
“It was a goodly force, unhampered by passengers. With Abraham, Murray, and Regimental Sergeant-Major Hedley (from the Bucks) those departments of the Battalion not purely tactical were sure to be well managed. I felt quite confident in the command of this force of men, and General Pagan, the new Brigadier, was kind enough to express his confidence in my ability.”

THOUGH used to being told that our army was the best fed of any in the war, few English people have any idea how rations reached the line. They came up every day from the Base by train as far as Railhead which meant a convenient station as far forward as possible while still being outside the range of ordinary German guns and were thence conveyed, normally in lorries, by the A.S.C. to the various ‘ refilling points ‘ assigned to Infantry Brigades. From the refilling point, which was only a stretch of the roadside, the Transport collected the Battalion’s rations and delivered them to the Quartermaster’s stores ; and by means of the Transport the Quartermaster, after their necessary division between companies, fowarded rations to the front line. Latterly it was rarely possible to cook in the trenches and it never was during active operations, so to Murray, our Quartermaster, and his staff fell the duty of sending up cooked food. It is impossible for me here to explain the system practised; but by means of food-containers, specially improvised from petrol tins and rammed into packs stuffed with hay, we were able to supply the men with hot food in the front line. Murray’s organisation was excellent, and the four Company Quartermaster-Sergeants Holder, Freudemacher, Taylor, and Beechey and the Company Cooks earned equal credit in the performance of these important duties, which never miscarried.”

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