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6th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

   6th (Service) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was raised at Oxford in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Second New Army and joined 60th Brigade, 20th (Light) Division. After initial training the in the Oxford area with little equipment, they moved to Deepcut In February 1915 they moved to Godalming and then to Salisbury Plain in April for final training and proceeded to France on the 22nd of July, landing at Bologne and the division concentrating in the Saint-Omer area. They moved to the Fleurbaix area for trench familiarisation. In 1916 they were in action at the The Battle of Mount Sorrel, in which the Division, along with the Canadians, recaptured the heights. They were in action on the Somme in The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Guillemont, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval and The Battle of Le Transloy. In 1917 they were in action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood and The Cambrai Operations. In early 1918 the army was reorganised and on the 15th of February th e6th Ox & Bucks were disbanded in France, with troops transferring to the 2/4th and 5th Ox & Bucks and the 14th Entrenching Battalion.

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Those known to have served with  6th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Betts Richard Member. Sgt. (d.40 Myatt Rd, Offenham, Evesham)
  • Brooks Ernest. Capt. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Chant Frederick. Pte. (d.20th February 1917)
  • Jones Arthur Thomas. Sgt.
  • King William George. Cpl.

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Cpl. William George King 6th Btn. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

My Dad, William King, joined up in Wolverton on 14 November 1914, aged almost 21. He first went to France in April 1915 as, having previously been in Wolverton TA, he was classed as an experienced soldier. I believe he was involved in the battle of Festubert south of Vimy Ridge in the Bethune area. I am currently trying to find out where else he was whilst in Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He left them in 1917 after being recommended for a commission.

He did his officer's training at Bristol University. He was commissioned in April 1918 & joined the Rifle Brigade. A war diary entry for September 1918 shows he was among a group of 2nd Lieutenants who joined the regiment at a village in Northern France called Frevillers. The diarist described this village as "quite the nicest billet we have been in for many a long time, we have organised a sports day for the local children who run for pennies we throw to them". I, my husband and son have been privileged to have walked along the road running through this village where my father walked in September 1918 when he was just 24 years old.

He was injured some weeks later and demobbed in 1919 from Chiseldon in Wiltshire, only a few miles from where he would eventually spend the rest of his life.

Jean Berwick


Sgt. Arthur Thomas "Jo" Jones MM & Bar. 6th Btn. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry

Born in Oxen 1896, my Father, Arthur Jones was badly wounded in the last period of 1917 possibly winning the bar for his MM (gazetted 9/12/1916)& 12/11/1917) and was hospitalized. He was given a silver shoulder blade, and once fit enough, returned to light duties as a prisoner of war guard. We know at the end of the war (or sooner) he joined the Labour Corps as a Sergeant with the Army number 443711. He ended his service as a Quarter Master Sergeant in 1921.

We are trying to find out more details of which hospital, where and with what type of wounds? where he went next, When he joined the Corps and where did he serve, plus the date of de-mob.

To end the story he re-enlisted in the RAF in 1922 as a Sergeant 351512 and served through-out the Second World War & was awarded the MBE in 1942, retiring in 1951 as a Wing Commander. He died on 12th of July 1972

Colin Arthur Jones


Sgt. Richard Member "John" Betts DCM. 6th Btn. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.40 Myatt Rd, Offenham, Evesham)

Richard Betts was my great granddad. He took part in the Battle of Guillemont where he won the DCM for galantry charging down an enemy machine gun post and was shot in both arms during the act.

John Betts

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