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

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The Rothschilds as Recruiters for Buckinghamshire in the First World War

The Rothschilds as Recruiters for Buckinghamshire in the First World War by Harold Pollins is a very well researched article on Jewish soldiers recruited into the Buckinghamshire regiments. The following sentence caught my attention:

“Furthermore, with the help of the CD-Rom of Soldiers Died in the Great War I was able to establish that of the deaths in another OBLI bn, 2/4, as many as 24 had enlisted at New Court of whom 22 had previously been in the Royal Bucks Hussars.”

I’m interested in any further research around this transfer of men from the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars in the 2/4th OBLI.

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Private Ernest Walter Sutton

Name: SUTTON, ERNEST WALTER
Initials: E W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 203535
Additional information: Son of William and Charlotte Elizabeth Sutton, of 87, South Eastern Rd., Ramsgate.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Name: Ernest Walter Sutton
Birth Place: Ramsgate, Kent
Residence: New Court, Middx.
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Ramsgate, Kent
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203535
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2777, R. Bucks Hussars.

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 Walter Frederick Stroud

Name: Walter Frederick Stroud
Birth Place: Marlow, Bucks
Residence: Buckingham
Death Date: 3 Jun 1917
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203536
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2817, R. Bucks Hussars.

Private Robert John Stratford

Name: STRATFORD, ROBERT JOHN
Initials: R J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 203434
Additional information: Son of Robert William and Ellen Stratford, of 52, Norfolk Rd., Maidenhead, Berks.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Name: Robert John Stratford
Birth Place: Maidenhead, Berks
Residence: London
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Maidenhead, Berks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203434
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 1794, R. Bucks Hussars.

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 Harry William Southcott

Name: Harry William Southcott
Birth Place: Radcliffe, Lancs
Residence: Buckingham
Death Date: 3 Jun 1917
Enlistment Location: High Wycombe, Bucks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 202525
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2875, R. Bucks Hussars.

Picture and the information below from Buckinghamshire Remembers:

Name Harry William SOUTHCOTT
Rank/Number Private   203525
Regiment Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry   2/4th Battalion
Enlisted Buckingham
Age/Date of death 21      03 Jun 1917
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action   France & Flanders
Residence at death High Wycombe
Cemetery Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France 
Grave or Memorial Reference Bay 6 & 7
Location of memorial Wycombe Marsh
Date/Place of birth 09 Feb 1896      Radcliffe, Lancs
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty apprentice engineer
Parents William (late) & Lucy Southcott
Parent’s occupation paper maker
Parents’ Address (last known) 463 London Rd, High Wycombe
Wife
Wife’s Address (last known)
Notes formerly 2875 R Bucks Hussars. SDGW gives Service Number as 202525

Private John Reading

Name: John Reading
Birth Place: Northampton
Residence: Buckingham
Death Date: 25 Feb 1917
Enlistment Location: Chesham, Bucks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203517
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2744, R. Bucks Hussars.

Private Alfred Percy Plumstead

Name: Alfred Percy Plumstead
Birth Place: Holborn, Middx.
Residence: New Court, Middx.
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: St. Martin’s Lane, Middx.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203511
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2854, R. Bucks Hussars.

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 William John Murphy

Name: MURPHY, WILLIAM JOHN
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 28/04/1917
Service No: 203502
Additional information: Son of William and Caroline Murphy, of 104, Mitcham Rd., East Ham, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Name: William John Murphy
Birth Place: Woolwich, Kent
Residence: New Court, Middx.
Death Date: 28 Apr 1917
Enlistment Location: West Ham, Essex
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203502
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 3015, R. Bucks Hussars.

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

Private Jack Jacobs

Name: Jack Jacobs
Birth Place: Minories, Middx.
Residence: New Court, Middx.
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Bow, Middx.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203493
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 2897, Royal Bucks Hussars.

Name: JACOBS, JACK
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Secondary Regiment: Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars
Secondary Unit Text: formerly
Age: 21
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 203493
Additional information: Son of Harry and Esther Jacobs, of 58, British St., Bow, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. B. 2.
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY

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 Alfred Hyams

Name: Alfred Hyam
Birth Place: Stepney, Middx.
Residence: New Court, Middx.
Death Date: 28 Apr 1917
Enlistment Location: Bow, Middx.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203484
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 3055, Royal Bucks Hussars.

Name: HYAMS, ALFRED
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 28/04/1917
Service No: 203484
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.

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