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

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Private Alfred Fred Taylor

From the Wendover Roll-of-Honour:

Private 203811 2nd/4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Husband of Mary Taylor of Cold Harbour. Enlisted at Aylesbury. Killed in action 22nd August 1917 near St. Julien.

On the 19th of August the battalion was in camp at Watou. The company commanders reconnoitred the line about St. Julien. In the afternoon of the 20th they relieved the 2nd/6th Gloucestershire Regiment in the support line. After nightfall they moved up to the front line, relieving the 2nd/4th Gloucestershire Regiment. The 21st was spent in making preparations for the attack, planned for dawn on the 22nd. There was considerable artillery activity on both sides and the battalion lost one officer and 4 other ranks killed and 31 other ranks wounded. The battalion’s objective was Gunpit No. 36 in C 13 b (Martha House) to the road junction at D 7 c 25 55. This was a front of 750 yards, 900 yards from the British position. They assembled on the tape laid in front of their position without any difficulties. A, D and C Companies formed the assault wave, numbering, from left to right. B Company was in reserve and 3 platoons of the Royal Berkshire Regiment were to act as moppers-up. The battalion advanced under an artillery barrage at 4.45am. A and D Companies, closely followed by two platoons of B, reached their objectives and consolidated. C Company, on the right with one platoon of B, was held up owing to the failure of the rnoppers-up to take Pond Farm. Both flanks were unsupported but it was decided to hold on. At 4pm with the support of two platoons from the 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment, Pond Farm was taken. The battalion’s casualties were three officers and 26 other ranks killed, 5 officers and 74 other ranks wounded and 44 other ranks missing. Three of the missing men were later reported to be prisoners. Commemorated, on the Tyne Cot Memorial; Panel 97 to 98.

Name: Alfred Fred Taylor
Birth Place: Wendover, Bucks
Residence: Aylesbury, Bucks
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Wendover, Bucks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203811
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Initials: A F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 203811
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.

Please see:

The Attack on Pond Farm, 22nd August, 1917

The Attack On Pond Farm and Other Strong Posts, 21st -24th August 1917

Attack on Strongpoints, South East of St. Julian, 22nd August 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)


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One thought on “Private Alfred Fred Taylor

  1. Simon Williams on said:

    Looking for more information on my great uncle. Williams,John Thomas, SN 203762. Date of death April 28/1917

    Thank you in advance
    Simon Williams

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