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

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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

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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 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

1917, MARCH 9th – RELIEVED THE 2/4th ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT IN THE VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES

Ablaincourt Sector

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

1917-03-09

Regiment. 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Location France, Denicourt Trenches

Entry Relieved by 2/4 OXFORDS. Battalion went into Brigade Support. A Coy at Poplar Copse, B Coy BOURGEAT Trench, C Coy BOVENT COPSE, D Coy LETHE Trench. Battn HQ’rs near DENICOURT. Relief complete by 2am on 10th.

1917, MARCH 2nd – RELIEVED BY THE 2/4th ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT IN THE VALET SUB-SECTION OF DENICOURT TRENCHES

Ablaincourt Sector

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

 On the night of March 2 the Battalion was relieved by the Berks, now under the command of Colonel Beaman, and moved back about 2,000 yards to some support trenches near Bovent Copse.

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

1917-03-02

Regiment. 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Location France, Denicourt Trenches

Entry Battalion relieved 2/4 OXFORDS in “VALET” Sub-Section 50th Div on left of Battn front 2/5 GLOUCESTERS on RIGHT. A, B and C Coys in front line, D in support.

 DIED OF WOUNDS MARCH 2nd 1917

200333 Lance Corporal Albert White

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