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SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 JUNE, 1917. 6265 and 6266 RELATED TO THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 JUNE, 1917. 6265 and 6266 RELATED TO THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY

War Office, 23rd June, 1917.

TEEKITORIAL FORCE. INFANTRY.

Oxford, and Bucks. L.I.—

Maj. (temp.) G. P. R. Beaman to be Maj., with precedence as from 27th Sept. 1914. 24th June 1917.

Maj. (temp.) A. K. Slessor to be Maj., with precedence as from 29th Sept. 1914. 24th June 1917.

Capt. (temp. Maj.) D. M. Rose to relinquish the temp, rank of Maj. 24th June 1917.

Capt. (temp. Maj.) E. C. Fortescue to relinquish the temp, rank of Maj. 24th June 1917.

Capt. (temp.) E. G- Coleman to be Capt., with precedence as from 5th Aug. 1914. 24th June 1917.

Capt. R. L. Abraham to have precedence as from 1st June 1916.

Lt. (temp.) (temp. Capt.) A. H. Brucker to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 14th Sept. 1914. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. H. Brucker to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) (temp .Capt.) W. T. Gray to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 14th Sept. 1914, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) W. T. Gray to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) (acting Maj.) H. J. Bennett to be Lt. (actg. Maj.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (actg. Maj.) H. J. Bennett to be Capt. (actg. Maj.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916, next below Capt. A. K. Gibson. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) (temp. Capt.) H. N. Daven-port to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) H. N. Davenport to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, next below Capt. H. J. Bennett. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) (temp. Capt.) R. F. Cuthbert to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain Adjt. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) R. F. Cuthbert to be Capt., with precedence as from let June 1916, next below Capt. H. N. Davenport, and to remain Adjt. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) H. J. Deacon to be Capt., with; precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. J. G. Stockton to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) W. A. Wayman to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) G. A. H. Robinson to be Lt., with precedence as from 4th Nov. 1915, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. K. Gibson to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) R. F. R. P. Boyle to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June- 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. C. S. W. Marcon to be Capt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) H. T. T. Harris to be Capt., with precedence as from 11th June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp.) H. J. Inder to be Lt., with precedence as from 26th Nov. 1916, next below Lt. R. N. C. Hunt. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) E. E. Bridges to have precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain Adjt. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) E. E. Bridges to relin- quish temp, rank of Capt. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (acting Capt.) K. E. Brown to be Lt. (acting Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.} G. H. Greenwell to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) G. H. Greenwell to relinquish temp, rank of Capt. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. N. Andrews to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. N. Andrews to relinquish temp, rank of Capt. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) W. D. Scott to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th; June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) M. C. Cooper to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. C. R. Parsons to be Lt., with pre- cedence as from let June 1916. 24th June- 1917.

2nd Lt. M. Strang to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) T. R. Fortescue to be- Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) J. L. Etty to beLt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. A. W. Proctor to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. J. G. Mitchell to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) C. C. Craig to be L t., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. S. L. Judson to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain- seconded. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp.Lt.) C.R.Mason to be Lt., with precedence as from fst June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd L.t. J. C. Coombes to be L t., with precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain seconded. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) G. R. Wood to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) G. R. Wood to relinquish temp, rank of Capt. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. S. Hunt to be Lt. (temp. Capt.), with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. S. Hunt to relinquish temp, rank of Capt. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) H. O. Stockton to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) J. C. B. Gamlen to be Lt., with precedence as from 1st June 1916. •24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) G. H. Stevenson to be Lt., with precedence as from 14th July 1916. -24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) C. L. Stainer to be L t., with precedence as from 23rd July 1916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) G. H. G. Shepherd to be Lt., with precedence as from 14th Aug. T916. 24th June 1917.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) R. N. C. Hunt to be Lt., with precedence as from 26th Nov. 1916. 24th June 1917

The undermentioned officers relinquish their temp rank. 24th June 1917: —

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) W . J. L. Wallace.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) J. G. R. Miller, and to remain seconded.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) E. E. Smith.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) W. H. Enoch.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) H. H. Wrong.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) it. R. Searby.

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) W. T. Loveday.

2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) J. G. Eldridge.

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1917, JUNE 9th – RELIEVED FROM THE FRONT LINE TRENCHES SOUTH EAST OF MONCHY-LE-PREUX

The Battalion, less C Company, was relieved, and returned to reserve-line trenches

KILLED IN ACTION JUNE 9th 1917

201275 Private Arthur James Hobbs

1917, JUNE 10th – BIVOUACED AT TILLOY

part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION"  Photograph by: Brooks Ernest (Lt)  British troops at a well in Tilloy (Arras Area)  26 May 1917

part of “MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION”
Photograph by: Brooks Ernest (Lt)
British troops at a well in Tilloy (Arras Area)
26 May 1917

On relief, the Battalion marched to bivouacs at Tilloy. One man killed, 2 men 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)

The night of our relief was spent in bivouacs near Tilloy. A violent thunderstorm, which was the expected sequel to the fortnight’s intensely warm weather we had been experiencing, drenched our surroundings and gave the hard earth, trampled by summer tracks, a surface slippery as winter mud.

1917, JUNE 23rd – MOVED TO BILLETS AT NOEUX

Noeux Church, 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view down a village lane towards the tower of Noeux Church, with a few graves in the churchyard before it.

Noeux Church, 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view down a village lane towards the tower of Noeux Church, with a few graves in the churchyard before it.

Marched to Gouy-en-Artois and entrained. Detrained at Auxi-le-Chateau, and marched to billets at Noeux, where the remainder of the month was spent.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

At Noeux, near Auxi-le-Château, whither we moved on June 23, the Battalion’s midsummer respite was continued; we were in G.H.Q. reserve.

1917, JUNE 11th – MARCHED TO BILLETS AT BERNAVILLE

Bernaville,  June 21 1917, 10pm Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view along a country lane, with trees and hedges on either side.

Bernaville,
June 21 1917, 10pm
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view along a country lane, with trees and hedges on either side.

Marched to billets at Berneville and remained there, resting and training, until the 23rd.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

On June 11 the Battalion was back in billets at Bernaville, a village four miles west of Arras, and it appeared that the Division (of which the 184th Brigade alone had been into the line) had completed its tour in the Arras sector.

1917, JUNE 22nd – BILLETS AT BERNAVILLE, RESTING AND TRAINING

Bernaville,  June 22 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of a few buildings and trees in a village behind a stone wall.

Bernaville,
June 22 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of a few buildings and trees in a village behind a stone wall.

Bernaville near Arras, June 22 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of the buildings of a village set amongst trees.

Bernaville near Arras,
June 22 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of the buildings of a village set amongst trees.

1917, JUNE 21st – BILLETS AT BERNAVILLE, RESTING AND TRAINING

Bernaville,  June 21 1917, 10pm Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view along a country lane, with trees and hedges on either side.

Bernaville,
June 21 1917, 10pm
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view along a country lane, with trees and hedges on either side.

1917, JUNE 12th – BILLETS AT BERNAVILLE, RESTING AND TRAINING

Bernaville near Arras, June 22 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of the buildings of a village set amongst trees.

Bernaville near Arras,
June 22 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of the buildings of a village set amongst trees.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

I rejoice that the few pleasant phases of the Battalion’s experiences in France elapsed less rapidly than I describe them. At Bernaville the weather continued fine and warm; in fact, some of the hottest weather of the year occurred. A busy training programme was in swing. To escape the heat, companies paraded at 7 a.m. and worked till 11, and again in the evening at 5 and worked till 7. This training must not be judged by readers according to style and methods possibly seen by them on English training grounds during the war. At home, after the last divisions of Kitchener’s Army went abroad, no officers trained their own men whom they would lead in battle. The men were usually the rawest drafts, while the officers in home battalions were too often those who had never gone and never would go to the front. A totally different spirit characterised training in France. Colonel Wetherall was a master of the art of teaching. His emphatic direction and enthusiasm earned early reward in the increased efficiency of all ranks.

1917, JUNE 1st – RELIEVED THE 13th KING’S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS FROM RESERVE LINE TRENHES NEAR IN THE MONCHY-LE-PREUX

Arras Map April 1917. This gives a general overview of the area.

Arras Map April 1917.
This gives a general overview of the area.

Relieved the 13th The King’s Royal Rifle Corps in reserve line trenches, Monchy sector.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

The Division’s share in the Arras Battle, 1917, was small. Already at the time of our arrival the later stages of the fighting had been reached. The British advance astride the River Scarpe had stopped on its north side beneath the low ridge spoken of as Greenland Hill and on its south before a wood known as the Bois du Vert. As on the Somme in November, 1916, local actions were continuing.

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment

1917-06-01
Regiment. 2/4th Royal Berkshire
Location France, Bois de Boeuf
Entry The Battalion relieved the13th Rifle Brigade in the front line of the Cambrai Rd Sector on the night of the 1st/2nd, relief complete by 1am. C Coy (2/Lt Knott) on right, D Coy (Capt Reeves) centre, A Coy (Capt Willink) on left, B Coy (Capt Allen) carrying party in Support.

1917, JUNE 6th – RELIEVED THE 2/4th ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT IN THE FRONT LINE TRENCHES SOUTH EAST OF MONCHY-LE-PREUX

The outskirts of Monchy-le-Preux, 30th May 1917. (Captured 11th April 1917, by 37th Division).

The outskirts of Monchy-le-Preux, 30th May 1917. (Captured 11th April 1917, by 37th Division).Relieved 2/4th R. Berks in the front-line trenches (Monchy); A Company, left front; C, right front; B and D, in support; 3 men wounded.

Relieved 2/4th R. Berks in the front-line trenches (Monchy); A Company, left front; C, right front; B and D, in support; 3 men 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)

To prepare for an attack on Infantry Hill, a position held by the enemy south-east of Monchy-le-Preux, the 2/4th Oxfords went into the front line on June 6. Orders were received to advance across No-Man’s-Land and link up a line of shell-holes as a ‘jumping-off place’ for the subsequent attack. A Company successfully accomplished the task, and the Battalion earned a message of thanks from the Division which a few days afterwards made the designed attack.

Apart from this achievement, the confused network of old and new trenches occupied during this period offered few features of special interest. C and A Companies and part of D were in the front line, which ran through chalk and was unsavoury by reason of the dead Germans lying all about. The enemy’s fire was of that harassing kind which began now to mark the conduct of the war. In the old days conventional targets such as roads, trenches, and villages within a mile or two of our front were generally shelled at times which could be guessed and when such places could be avoided. These methods changed. Wherever Infantry or transport were bound to go at special times during the night, the German shells, reserved by day, were fired. Roads, tracks, and approaches, where in daylight English nursemaids could almost have wheeled perambulators with confidence, by night became hated avenues of danger for our Infantrymen moving up the line or ration-carrying to their forward companies. The fire to which they went exposed was the enemy’s ‘harassing fire,’ and we, in our turn, very naturally ‘harassed’ the Germans. At this time a crater on the Arras-Cambrai road which must needs be passed and a shallow trench leading therefrom, known as Gordon Alley, were the most evil spots. Monchy, the hill-village which had cost us so many lives to capture, was heavily shelled by German howitzers both day and night; below its slopes lay several derelict tanks. Our gun positions, in proportion to the new increase in counter-battery work, were also often shelled.

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment

1917-06-06
Regiment. 2/4th Royal Berkshire
Location France, Trenches
Entry [In trenches at MONCHY LE PREUX] The Battalion was relieved in the front line by the 2/4th Oxfords on the night of 6/7th and companies marched independently to Reserve Trenches in the WANCOURT-FEUCHY line. 2 OR killed, 1 OR wounded, 1 OR shell shock.

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