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5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

   5th (Service) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was raised at Oxford in August 1914 as part of Kitchener's First New Army and joined 42nd Brigade, 14th (Light) Division. After training they proceeded to France, landing at Bologne on the 21st of May 1915. They fought in the The Action of Hooge, being the first division to be attacked by flamethrowers. They were in action in The Second Attack on Bellewaarde. In 1916 they were on the Somme seeing action in The Battle of Delville Wood and The Battle of Flers-Courcelette. In 1917 they fought in The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The First and Third Battle of the Scarpe at Arras, The Battle of Langemark and The First and Second Battle of Passchendaele. In 1918 they returned to the Somme and were in action during The Battle of St Quentin and The Battle of the Avre, suffering very heavy casualties with almost 6,000 men of the Division killed or injured The Division was withdrawn from the front line and were engaged building a new defensive line to the rear. On the 27th of April, the battalion was reduced to a cadre and on the 16th of June thet transferred to 16th (Irish) Division and returned to England. On the 20th of June 1918 they were absorbed by the 18th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.

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Those known to have served with  5th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Brooks Edwin Henry. Pte (d.23 March 1918)
  • Clifton John. Pte. (d.14th Jan 1916)
  • Cozier Henry John. Pte. (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Dodd Ernest. Cpl. (d.16th Oct 1915)
  • Freeman Henry. L/Cpl. (d.24th Aug 1916)
  • James Walter. Pte. (d.20th Aug 1916)
  • Kitchen Aubrey Wilfred. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Pargeter James Henry. L/Cpl. (d.15th January 1916)
  • Sparrow Frederick. Pte. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • West William. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • White Robert James. Pte. (d.23rd March 1918)

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Cpl. Ernest Dodd 5th Btn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (d.16th Oct 1915)

Ernest Dodd was killed in action in France & Flanders died aged 36. He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, panels 37 and 39

Les Robottom


Pte. Walter James 5th Battalion Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.20th Aug 1916)

Great Great Uncle Walter James died at the age of 46. His name is on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and the Bletchley War Memorial. The 5th (Service) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was raised at Oxford In 1916 they were on the Somme seeing action in The Battle of Delville Wood and The Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

Dawn Richardson


Pte. William West 5th Btn. Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.9th Apr 1917)

Billy West, was my great uncle who was killed in action at the Battle of Arras aged 20. There is little else known about him other than he was in the 5th Battalion, Oxford and Bucks and is buried in the Tolloy Cemetery.

J Biddle


L/Cpl. Henry Freeman 5th Battalion Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.24th Aug 1916)

Henry Freeman served with the 5th Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Dorothy McBride


Pte. Frederick Sparrow 5th Btn. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.25th Sep 1915)

Frederick Sparrow died on the first day of the Battle of Loos, a young man cut down in his prime, like so many others of his generation on both sides in the Great War.

Rita Sparrow

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