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

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

Lieutenant Henry Raveley Guest, M.C.

From the London Gazette, 18 October 1915

Henry Raveley Guest to be Second Lieutenant, and seconded for duty with a Provisional Battalion. Dated 19th October, 1915.

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

“Guest, another new officer, before he went into the line showed that he was made of the right stuff; he was commander of No. 16 Platoon.”

22nd/23rd August 1917
“Ground to which the advance had been carried with cost would not be lightly given up. Moberly, Company Sergeant-Major Cairns, and Guest – the latter by volunteering in daylight to run the gauntlet of the German snipers back to Headquarters greatly distinguished themselves in the task of maintaining this exposed position during the night of August 22 and throughout August 23.”

September 1917
“So ended the attack on Hill 35. Upon its slopes were added our dead to the dead of many regiments. But our casualties were few considering that the attack had been brought to a standstill by machine-gun fire. Of D Company officers Guest was wounded (he had behaved with gallantry in the attack) and Copinger missing.”5

The description of his MC award in the London Gazette Issue 30561 published on the 5 March 1918. Page 23 of 60: 2nd Lt. Henry Raveley Guest, Ox. & Bucks L.I. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In an advance against the enemy positions, when his company officers became casualties. he sited and consolidated a position on reaching the objective, arranging a defensive flank. He organised a resistance to counter-attack, and by his example and courage he inspired his men to hold the position.”

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