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Cambrai, 10th December 1917

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

“On the 10th a further tour in the front line commenced. This time trenches north-east of Villers Plouich were held. Wiring was strenuously carried out, but save for activity by trench-mortars the enemy lay quiet.”

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Monday 10th December 1917, France, Villers Plouich

The shelling of the village continued. Information was received that No 34105 Pte WARRELL A who was wounded by shellfire yesterday died the same night of his wounds. The Brigade was relieved during the day and night by the 182nd and 183rd Brigades and went into Divisional Reserve in the Eastern part of HAVRINCOURT WOOD. The Battn moved by companies independently starting at 7pm and by 9.30pm all ranks were under shelter and fed. The night was dark and very cold and roads full of transport.

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Havrincourt Wood, 7th December 1917

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

“On December 7 the 183rd Brigade relieved the Battalion, which moved back to tents in Havrincourt Wood. It was bitter! Shells and aeroplane bombs made the wood dangerous as well as cold.”

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Friday 7th December 1917, France, Trenches R8 West of Railway VILLERS-PLOUICH Area.

Readjustment of 61 Div Front took place.

CO visited line and working parties preparatory to handing over to 2/5 GLOSTERS.

Casualties to date

Killed Wounded Wounded Officers
A 4 15 2 Lieut LEGGETT
B 2 12 JANAWAY
C 6 16
D 9 24

21 67

Cambrai, 3rd December 1917

War Diary of the 2/4th Royal Berkshire

Monday 3rd December, 1917, France, Trenches R8 West of Railway VILLERS-PLOUICH Area.

Battn moved into trenches of old British line.

Battn placed under orders of 183 BDE for use as storming or counter attack troops.

Trenches severely shelled.

Enemy attacks in great force taking place all round.

2/5 GLOSTERS ordered to counter attack.

At 1pm dispositions were altered and “C” Coy sent to take up a position facing enemy on E. “D” Coy moved to help “C”.

Battn ordered to occupy CORNER WORK.

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