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4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

   4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry was a unit of the Territorial Force with its HQ in Oxford. It was part of the South Midland Infantry Brigade, South Midland Division. They had just departed for their annual summer camp when war broke out in August 1914 and they were at once recalled. They mobilised for war service on 5th of August and moved to concentrate in the Chelmsford area by the second week of August and commenced training. They proceeded to France from Folkestone, landing at Bologne on the 31st of March 1915. The Division had concentrated near Cassel. On the 15th of May the formation was renamed 145th Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. In 1916 They were in action in the Battle of the Somme, suffering hevy casualties on the 1st of July in assaulting the Quadrilateral (Heidenkopf). They were also in action at The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, capturing Ovillers, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 the Division occupied Peronne during the The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were in action in the Third Battles of Ypres. On the 21st of November 1917 they entrained for Italy. In 1918 they were involved in The fighting on the Asiago Plateau and The Battle of the Vittoria Veneto in the Val d'Assa area. At the Armistice the Division had withdrawn and was at Granezza. Demobilisation began in early 1919.

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Those known to have served with  4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Cooper James. Pte. (d.15th Jun 1918)
  • Pratley Ernest Walter. Pte. (d.12th Jan 1916)
  • Prior Frank Hershel James. Pte.

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Pte. Ernest Walter Pratley 1st/4th Btn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (d.12th Jan 1916)

Ernest Pratley was my Great Uncle. He was killed in Pas de Calais and is buried at Hebuterne War Cemetary. He was married to Margaret Louisa for less than a year when he died. Apparently (though I cannot source it) he was sheltering in a church waiting to come home when the church was bombed. He was about 23 years old

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