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Cambrai, 2nd December 1917

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

“On the following morning the enemy delivered a heavy attack upon the village, from which, after severe losses in killed and prisoners, troops of the 182nd Brigade were driven back. To assist them C Company was detached from the Battalion. The trenches our front was now the Hindenburg Line were frozen, there was snow on the ground, and the temporary supremacy of the enemy in guns and sniping produced a toll of casualties. It was an anxious time, but the Battalion was involved in no actual fighting; the German counter-attack, for the time-being, was at an end. ”

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Sunday 2nd December 1917, France, Fins

FINS and GOUZEAUCOURT.

At about 1am a GSO of the GUARDS DIV came to see Lt Col J H S Dimmer and explained the situation:-

It appeared that the GUARDS DIV had re-captured GOUZEAUCOURT from the enemy. Prisoners had reported that the enemy was going to attack in force this morning. The Battn was to be attached to 2nd GUARDS BDE as counter attack troops.

The Battn was marched to GOUZEAUCOURT at once. The CO was taken by car to this place, and guided to HQ 3rd Gren Gds. Lt Col A THORNE DSO, 3rd Gren Gds, conducted Lt Col J H S Dimmer over area occupied by 2nd GUARDS BDE around GOUZEAUCOURT, and arrangements for disposition of Battn along a railway were made.

Battn was in position by 5.30am.

Operation Orders were issued.

Battn dug itself in.

Forenoon was spent in reconnoitring and entrenching.
Mess Sergt (Sgt BURTON) came up to Battn with food for officers but was killed on his way back to Mess Cart.

Enemy activity was reported.

Reconnoitring patrols were again sent out and a scheme of attack arranged.

Battn was also ordered to be ready to assist SECUNDERABAD Cavalry Brigade if required.

Orders were received to rejoin own Brigade and necessary action taken.
Capt FIELD was sent ahead to obtain information.

Battn marched at midnight.

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Lance Sergeant Arthur Lunn

Name: LUNN, ARTHUR
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 19/07/1916
Service No: 3560
Additional information: Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Lunn, of Basingstoke, Hants.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:II. D. 8.
Cemetery: LAVENTIE MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE

Name: Arthur Lunn
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 19 Jul 1916
Enlistment Location: Basingstoke, Hants
Rank: L/Sergeant
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 3560
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Private Henry Hayward

Name: HAYWARD, HENRY GEORGE
Initials: H G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Service No: 200546
Additional information: Son of Harry and Mara Celia Hayward, of Bodicot, Banbury, Oxon.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 83 to 85.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Name: Henry Hayward
Birth Place: Bodicote, Oxon
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 1 Jul 1916
Enlistment Location: Bodicote, Oxon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 200546
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Private William James Crabbe

Name: CRABBE, WILLIAM JAMES
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 02/12/1916
Service No: 4489
Additional information: Nephew of Mrs. Bessie Joyce, of 13, Lower Fisher Rd., Park End St., Oxford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. C. 14.
Cemetery: CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY

Name: William James Crabbe
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 2 Dec 1916
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 4498
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theater of War: Aldershot

Private Joseph Clements

Name: CLEMENTS
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service:Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 22/07/1916
Service No: 5342
Additional information: Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Clements, of Stokefield Cottages, Pyrton, Watlington, Wallingford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. A. 13.
Cemetery: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY

“It was a considerable hospital centre, more especially in 1918; the 4th, 10th, 7th Canadian, 9th Canadian and New Zealand Stationary Hospitals, the 7th, 58th (Scottish) and 59th (Northern) General Hospitals, and the 17th, 18th and 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were all, at some time during the war, quartered in St. Omer.”

Joseph Clements probably died at the 7th General Hospital, which was in St Omer from June 1915 to May 1918.

Name: Joseph Clements
Birth Place: Littleworth, Berks
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 22 Jul 1916
Enlistment Location: Lewknow, Berks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 5392
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theater of War: Aldershot

Private Henry Impey

Name: Henry Impey
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Banbury, Oxon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 201864
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Name: IMPEY, HENRY
Initials: H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 201864
Additional information: Son of the late Alfred Impey.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

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)

Private John Henry Shepherd

The details below are from the Cowley Road Methodist Church Centre

“John Henry Shepherd was the second son of Henry and Ada Shepherd and the brother of Albert Shepherd. He was baptised at St Clements Church on 31 July 1898.

The Oxford Times recorded that John Shepherd was away at his first camp when war broke out in August 1914. He volunteered for overseas duties in May 1916 and was a Private in C Company, 2nd/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He was wounded and reported missing on the Somme on 28 April 1917, when his Company were involved on a raid near St Quentin, but his death was not officially confirmed until January 1918. He was just 18 years old.

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces, who died on the Somme before March 1918 and have no known grave.

Henry and Ada Shepherd remembered their sons in the ‘in memoriam’ column of the Oxford Times on 20 April 1918 with this verse:

One year has passed and still we miss them.
Sleep on, dear ones, in far-off graves,
Graves we shall never see.
But as long as life and memory last
You’ll still remembered be.

Name: SHEPHERD, JOHN HENRY
Initials: J H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 28/04/1917
Service No: 200361
Additional information: Son of the late Henry Walter and Ada Louisa Shepherd, of 20, Caroline St., St. Clements, Oxford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Please see: Raid Fayet, Near St Quentin, 28th April 1917.

Company Sergeant Major Francis John Liddell

The details below are from the Cowley Road Methodist Church Centre

Francis John Liddell was born on 13 August 1874, the son of Samson and Eliza Liddell of Temple Street. He was baptised on 11 November that year at Wesley Memorial Church. The 1901 census records that he was a wholesale clothes cutter. He lived in Bullingdon Road with his wife Sarah.

He became a Company Serjeant Major with C Company, 2nd/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and was killed in action in France on 20 April 1918* at the age of 43. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial on the Somme. The memorial commemorates over 14000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. He is also commemorated on the war memorial plaque at Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford.

The databases below suggest the date of death was 31st March 1918.

From the CWGC:

Name: LIDDELL, FRANCIS JOHN
Initials: F J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Company Serjeant Major
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: “C” Coy. 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 43
Date of Death: 31/03/1918
Service No: 201015
Additional information: Husband of Sarah A. Liddell, of 65, Bullingdon Rd., Oxford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 50 and 51.
Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL

From Ancestry.com

Name: Francis John Liddell
Birth Place: Oxford
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 31 Mar 1918
Rank: C.S.M.
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/1st Bucks Battalion.
Number: 201015
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot

Captain Charles Ernest Philip Foreshew, M.C.

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

“Early in March some reinforcements from the 6th Oxfords, who had been disbanded, arrived; they numbered two hundred. Among the new officers who joined were Foreshew, Rowbotham, and Cunningham. Foreshew received command of C Company, whose commander Matthews went to England for a six months’ rest.”

UK, British Officer Prisoners of War, 1914-1918 

Name: C E P Foreshew
Rank: Capt.
Regiment: 4th Battalion. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Lig
Date Missing: 21 Mar 1918
Repatriation Date: 14 Dec 1918
Record Number: 2906
Section: Western Theatre of Operations.

 

Captain Albert Henry Brucker

London Gazette: Promoted to a Lieutenant 14th September 1914, then part of the 4th Battalion.

Captain A. H. Brucker was the Commanding Officer of C Company when the battalion went to France.

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

August 1916
“Major R. Bellamy, D.S.O., came from the Royal Sussex Regiment and assumed command early in August. Robinson, an officer from the Middlesex and one of the best the Battalion ever had, Callender and Barton also joined about this time. Brucker, of C Company, became Adjutant of the 61st Divisional School.”

November 1916
“At Albert, Bennett was taken from A Company to act as Second in Command of the Berks. Brown assumed command of his company and Robinson about this time of C Company, Brucker having returned to the 61st Divisional School, which was set up at St. Riquier.”

August 1917
“C Company possessed two Captains, Brucker and Harris, and had as platoon commanders, Hawkes, Matthews, and Jones.”

“On the Battalion’s right the failure of C Company, in which Brucker had been wounded, to pass Pond Farm left the flank of D
Company exposed and unsupported.”

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