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1917, APRIL 4th – FRONT-LINE EAST OF SOYECOURT

By G. K. Rose.

By G. K. Rose.

 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

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1917, APRIL 3rd – RELIEVED 2/1st BUCKS EAST OF SOYECOURT

By G. K. Rose.

By G. K. Rose.

Moved up to the line and relieved the 2/1st Bucks in the sector east of Soyecourt;

D Company in front-line posts;

C in close support;

B at railway embankment at Montolu Wood;

A and Battalion H.Q. at Soyecourt.

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 midnight, April 3/4, the Battalion relieved the Bucks. B, C, and D Companies shared the new outpost line. Headquarters and A Company went to Soyécourt. The relief, the first of its kind, was difficult. In my own front a small brushwood copse was reputed to contain a sentry post. The ground was dotted with small copses which the darkness made indistinguishable, and no report of this post’s relief was ever made. When dawn was breaking in the sky, Sergeant Watkins, accompanied by the Bucks guides, returned to say that no sentry group nor post in any copse could be found. The most likely copse was then garrisoned and the night’s mystery and labour ceased.

Further advance was evidently in store. The smoke of burning villages still mounted the sky. At night a glow showed where a great fire in St. Quentin was ablaze. The weather now changed for the worse. Hail, rain and snow prevailed alternately. A fierce wind blew. Winter conditions were repeated in the outpost line, where no shelter other than tarpaulins rigged across the shallow trenches existed. Nor was the artillery inactive. As the enemy’s resistance stiffened, shells commenced to fall on fields yet unscarred by trench or shell-hole. Better ammunition seemed to be in use–or was it a month’s holiday from shells that made it seem so?–and more subtlety was shown by German gunners in their choice of targets. Our casualties, though not numerous, proved that the war, in most of its old incidents, had been resumed.

1917, APRIL 4th – FRONT-LINE EAST OF SOYECOURT

Advance St. Quentin

Snowing all day. The front posts were heavily shelled during the morning; 1 killed, 2 wounded.

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

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. On the next night a battalion of Sherwood Foresters relieved D Company, which returned to its wood, but B and C Companies remained holding the line. John Stockton, who now commanded B, was ill, but refused to leave the trenches and carried on in a most determined manner under shocking weather conditions. A new officer, Allden, in my company also proved his worth about this time. Events of some sort were of hourly occurrence.

The 2/5th Gloucesters held the line on the Battalion’s right, near the Omignon river. One night, after a heavy bombardment with 4.2s, the Germans rushed one of their posts. It had recently been evacuated, and the enemy spent his trouble in vain.

KILLED IN ACTION APRIL 4th 1917

201985 Private George Loveridge (Likely to have been D Company)

DIED OF WOUNDS APRIL 4th 1917

201448 Private Creswick Franklin

Private George Loveridge

Name: George Loveridge
Birth Place: Wolvercote, Oxon
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 4 Apr 1917
Enlistment Location: Wolvercote, Oxon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 201985
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Name: LOVERIDGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 04/04/1917
Service No: 201985
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. K. 1.
Cemetery: ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

# Birth: 14 MAY 1897 in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, England
# _APID: 8912::19661400 1
# Name: George Loveridge
# _APID: 8912::19661400 1
# Death: of https://www.military-genealogy.com/nameShow?war=1&sid=216233 04 APR 1917 in Flanders, Belgium
# Sex: M
# _APID: 1030 2
# _APID: 7814::8044084 3

HintsAncestry Hints for George Loveridge

2 possible matches found on Ancestry.com Ancestry.com

Father: Absolom Loveridge b: abt 1853 in Red Morley, Gloucestershire, England
Mother: Elizabeth Waine b: 1 Oct 1855 in Burford, Oxfordshire, England

Sources:

1. Title: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Author: FreeBMD
Publication: Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data – General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Cont
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Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=freebmdbirth&h=19661400&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt
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Text: Birth date: Jun 1897Birth place: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
2. Title: Public Member Trees
Author: Ancestry.com
Publication: Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data – Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.
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This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.
Page: Ancestry Family Trees
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Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=48810&pid=-1666544776
3. Title: 1901 England Census
Author: Ancestry.com
Publication: Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data – Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1901. Data imaged from the National
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Page: Class: RG13; Piece: 1391; Folio: 111; Page: 18.
Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=uki1901&h=8044084&ti=0&indiv=try
Note: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1901&h=8044084&ti=0&indiv=try
Text: Name: George LoveridgeBirth: abt 1898 in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, EnglandDeath:

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