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

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1917, MARCH 31st – REACHED AND BIVOUACED AT CAULAINCOURT CHATEAU

part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" Photograph by: Brooks Ernest (Lt)  1917-04-21 German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Ruins of Caulaincourt Chateau on the River Omignon.

part of “MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION” Photograph by: Brooks Ernest (Lt)
1917-04-21
German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Ruins of Caulaincourt Chateau on the River Omignon.

By G. K. Rose.

By G. K. Rose.

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

and the next night made bivouacs at Caulaincourt Château, formerly German Corps Headquarters, now wrecked past recognition. Amid the rubbish, whose heaps represented buildings of grace and dignity, the eye caught the half of a gigantic Easter egg. During our stay a German High Velocity gun several times shelled the château grounds. Our own artillery was now getting to work and made the nights lively with noise and flashes.

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1917, MARCH 30th – ONWARDS TO TERTRY

By G. K. Rose.

By G. K. Rose.

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 resume the war. On March 30 the Warwicks entered Soyécourt and shortly afterwards the Bucks relieved their outpost line. We ourselves reached Tertry on the 30th,

1917, MARCH 16th – GERMAN RETREAT BEHIND THE SOMME AND THE 2/4th OXFORDS MARCH TO LIHONS

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 March 16, 1917, the Germans left their front line and scuttled back behind the Somme. The news of this threw everything into a miniature ferment. The Berks stopped practising a raid which they were to do on the Brigade’s return to the old trenches. The General rode off apace. After orders and counter-orders the 2/4th marched dramatically to a map reference near Lihons and commenced pulling logs out of old French dug-outs. Much good work was done, but I believe the logs were never used.

DIED OF WOUNDS MARCH 16th 1917

201391 Private Albert Harry Timms

Timms was wounded on the 28th February,

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 aftermath of this fighting proved a trying experience. The dug-out to which I returned to spend the remainder of the tour was a shambles. The stairs were drenched with blood. Of my companions, Thompson, a signaller, Timms, Smith (Hunt’s servant, a fine lad) and Corporal Coles- one of the bravest and most devoted N.C.O.’s the Battalion ever had–were dead or died soon afterwards.

He died in a hospital round Etaples.

From: http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/ww1frenchcemeteries/etaples.htm

During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified.

Name: Albert Harry Timms
Age: 20
Birth Date: abt 1897
Death Date: 16 Mar 1917
Cemetery: Cemetery Fr 40 Etaples Part Vi U K Graves Senior To Zelley
Burial Country: France
Father: Harry Timms
Mother: Emily Timms
Service Number: 201391
Region or Memorial: France

1917, MARCH 14th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Killed in Action 14th March 1917

202827 Private Harry Victor Gardner, M.M.

Private. TF. 202827 2/4th Ox & Bucks Light Infantry 61st Division. Killed in action 14 March 1917. Aged 22. Son of John Henry & Kate Gardener of Mesea Island, Essex. Born in Hove and enlisted in Swansea. Resident of West Mersea, Essex Mersea Island War Memorial. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

1917, MARCH 13th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Died of Wounds 13th March 1917

203759 Private Alfred William Stanton

1917, MARCH 12th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Died of Wounds 12th March 1917

202839 Private Thomas Edward Jones

From the Port Talbot Historical Society 1914 – 1918 Manuscript

JONES, Private, THOMAS EDWARD 202839 2nd/4th Ox & Bucks Light Infantry
12 March 1917
Son of Joseph & Ellen Jones of 30 Arthur Street, Aberavon
Bray Military Cemetery, France 11 B.1

It looks if he had two brothers that also died during the war.

Private 11977 Joseph Jones
8th Bn. The Welsh Regiment
KIA Chunuk Bair,8th August 1915
Age 23
No known grave,Helles memorial panel 140-144.

Private 202839 Thomas Edward Jones
2nd/4th OBLI
Died of wounds,12th March 1917
Buried Bray military cemetary

Gunner 815049 Leonard Jones
Royal Field Artillery
Home death 4th February 1921
Age 22
Buried Goytre cemetary Port Talbot

1917, MARCH 11th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Killed in Action 11th March 1917

202081 Private Alfred Cecil Crapper

In Memory of Private A. C. CRAPPER

Son of William and Elizabeth A. Crapper, of 1, Brooke’s Cottages, Woodstock Rd., Summertown, Oxford.

Age 26.

Commonwealth War DeadGrave/Memorial Reference:II. F. 49.Cemetery: BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY

1917, MARCH 9th – 15th VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES, ABLAINCOURT SECTOR

Ablaincourt 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 Battalion returned to do another tour in the Ablaincourt sector. The line was again held by A on the left (owing to the former three-company system no proper interchange had been possible) and by B on the right. Davenport went to my old headquarters, which the enemy was now busy trench-mortaring, and held half the front previously held by C, which, with D Company, was now in support. To the usual evils were now added rifle-grenades filled with gas, which caused several casualties in A Company. D Company lost a good man in Lance Corporal Tremellen, who was wounded by a bullet through the legs when leading a ration party ‘across the top,’ and other N.C.O.’s went sick with trench fever. During this tour the energy of Corporal Viggers, of my company, was most remarkable. He did the work of ten.

Extracted From The Regimental Chronicles of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

… had one more tour in the line from the 9th to the 15th

1917, MARCH 15th – RELIEVED BY THE WARWICKS AND BACK TO FRAMERVILLE

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 the night of March 15 the Brigade was relieved by the Warwicks. The Battalion moved back to Framerville, where Quartermaster’s Stores and Transport rejoined.

This could have been either the 2/7th or 2/6th Warwickshire Regiment. As both were part of the 182nd Brigade of the 61st (South Midlands) Division.

From the War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment

1917-03-15

Regiment. 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Location France, Denicourt Trenches

Entry Working parties as previous day. Battalion relieved by 2/7th ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGT, and marched to HARBONNIERES relief completed by 10.30pm.

1917, MARCH 10th – VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES

Ablaincourt Sector

From the War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment

Relief complete by 2am on 10th.

DIED OF WOUNDS MARCH 10th 1917

202095 Private Frank Sandford

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