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

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

Relieved by the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment, Moated Grange, 27th July 1916

The following details are extracted from 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.

“On the 27th after an inspection by the CO they moved off to Moated Grange to take over trenches from the 2nd/4th Ox and Bucks with 50 men from D Coy attached to the Royal Engineers on fatigue duty.”

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

“It was a fine autumn. The French civilians were getting in their crops within a mile or two of the trenches, while we did a series of tours in the Moated Grange sector, with rest billets at the little
village of Riez Bailleul.”

The picture and short description of Moated Grange below is from World War One Battlefields. This is an essential Web site for anyone interested in in First World War.

“The Moated Grange. This site (properly the Ferme Vanbesien) had already been involved in action in November and December 1914, and in fact had largely been destroyed on the 27th of November 1914 to remove the threat of German snipers. This was the extreme left of the British attack frontage in March 1915, and the Moated Grange was at that time mainly in No Mans Land between the British and German lines (although some of the German trenches passed through the southern edges of the remains of the buildings). The current building is not the original as that was destroyed during the War, but the remains of the moat can still be seen on both sides of the building.”


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