1917, APRIL 4th – FRONT-LINE EAST OF SOYECOURT
Snowing all day. The front posts were heavily shelled during the morning; 1 killed, 2 wounded.
From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)
In the early morning of April 4 the 59th Division, which was operating on the Battalion’s left, attacked Le Vergier. Fighting continued till noon, but the village was not taken. The 59th lost heavily. As they formed up for their advance–which was for some 1,000 yards across the open and exposed to view–behind the line the Battalion was holding, considerable enemy fire was brought down upon us and I lost Sergeant Watkins, wounded in the arm, and several other casualties. It snowed nearly all day. In the shallow trenches, which were ill-sited both for drainage and concealment from the enemy, life was miserable.
Killed in Action 4th April 1917
201985 Private George Loveridge (Likely to have been D Company)
Died of Wounds 4th April 1917
201448 Private Creswick Franklin