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Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Territorial Force:

  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1st Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 3rd Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 4th Btn.
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 10th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2/1st Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2/4th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 3/1st Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 3/4th Btn

    Kitchener's New Army:

  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 5th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 6th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 7th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 8th (Pioneers) Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 9th Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1st Garrison Btn
  • Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd Garrison Btn


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    Those known to have served with

    Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Bennett James. 2nd Btn.
    • Betts Richard Member. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.40 Myatt Rd, Offenham, Evesham)
    • Blackwell Albert Christie. 2nd Battalion
    • Bowen Alfred William. Pte.
    • Bradshaw Harold. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.9th May 1917)
    • Brooke Richard Reginald Maude. Capt. (d.31st May 1915)
    • Brooks Ernest. Capt. 6th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
    • Brooks Victor Tom. Pte. Att. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry
    • Carpenter Harry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
    • Chant Frederick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th February 1917)
    • Clack Thomas. Pte. (d.13th Apr 1917)
    • Clifton John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.14th Jan 1916)
    • Cooper James. Pte. 4th Btn (d.15th Jun 1918)
    • Cozier Henry John. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.25th Sept 1915)
    • Cross Horatio Nelson. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.14th Mar 1915)
    • Davidson John. Pte.
    • Dodd Ernest. Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)
    • Dunbrill Harry. Pte.
    • Freeman Henry. L/Cpl. 5th Battalion (d.24th Aug 1916)
    • Hammick Stephen Frederick. Capt. (d.18th April 1916)
    • Harding George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
    • Harrison Harry. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.19th Nov 1918)
    • Harrison Harry. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.19th Nov 1918)
    • James Walter. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.20th Aug 1916)
    • Jones Arthur Thomas. Sgt. 6th Btn.
    • King William George. Cpl. 6th Btn.
    • Kitchen Aubrey Wilfred. 5th Batallion (d.3rd May 1917)
    • Lyman James Jesse. Pte. 2nd Btn. B Company, 8th Platoon (d.11th Sep 1918)
    • Lyman James Jesse. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.111th Sep 1918)
    • Matthews Frank. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.21st Oct 1914)
    • McKellar Quinten. Pte. 20th Battallion
    • Measey Frank. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.22nd June 1918)
    • Measey George. Pte. 2/4th Battalion (d.5th Oct 1918)
    • Pargeter James Henry. L/Cpl. 5th Battalion (d.15th January 1916)
    • Pill Albert. Pte.
    • Pratley Ernest Walter. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.12th Jan 1916)
    • Pritchard Edgar Joseph. Pte.
    • Sherwood Charles Edward. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1917)
    • Sherwood Charles Edward. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1917)
    • Sparrow Frederick. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
    • Toohey Frederick Thomas. Cpl (d.1914)
    • Turner Frank Edward. Pte. (d.26th Nov 1914)
    • Welch John William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
    • West William. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1917)
    • White Robert James. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.23rd March 1918)
    • Willis George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.6th Oct 1915)

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    1206158

    Pte. James Jesse Lyman MM. 2nd Btn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (d.111th Sep 1918)

    James Lyman was killed in action on the 11th of September 1918, aged 24 and is buried in the Hermies Hill British Cemetery in France. He was a resident of Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire

    s flynn




    230918

    Pte. Victor Tom Brooks Att. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry Royal Army Medical Corps

    My great uncle Victor Brooks enlisted in the RAMC on 7th August 1915 in Leeds, West Yorkshire (formally West Riding of Yorkshire). He was attached to the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry and deployed with them in October 1915 to Salonika where the British Army objective was to assist the Serbs in their fight against Bulgarian aggression.

    He was wounded on 10th April 1917 and the following is the transcript of a letter sent to his mother from the Chaplin L. Whitcombe, dated 11th April 1917.

    Dear Madam,

    You will have heard from the War Office that your son Pte. Brooks R.A.M.C. attached to the O.B.L.I. has been wounded. He came through this ambulance A.D.S. 80th field ambulance, Salonika Army, last night and though badly wounded in several places he never once murmured. He asked me to write and let you know that he was being sent down to a general hospital at the Base.

    You will be glad to hear that I gave him his Easter Holy Communion while he was waiting to go on after his wounds had been dressed.

    He was hit by a shell which burst near his boys camp. He is seriously wounded and has lost much blood, but I think if we pray for him he will recover and be home before he otherwise would have been. His bones I believe are not broken.

    He is a good boy and wonderfully patient.

    God bless both him and you.

    Yours Faithfully

    L. Whitcombe c-f

    C of E.

    Subsequently my great uncle was transferred to a hospital in Malta and returned to England in early 1918. The accompanying hospital ship was sunk as they sailed home. He was discharged from the army on the 2nd May 1918 as surplus to military requirements. He had received gun shot wounds to both thighs and lower legs as well as his right shoulder and left arm. I recall him having to wear a built-up boot on his left leg because of his injuries. He received a War Pension assessed at 40% for the rest of his life. Despite his resultant disabilities he was able to continue as a painter and decorator during his working life and was happily married and a father to two children.

    Elizabeth Hill




    228924

    James Bennett 2nd Btn. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

    My great grandfather, Bugler James Bennett, served with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry between 1892 and 1919. He was appointed bugler on 5th May 1904 when he was with the 2nd Btn. I would like to trace a photo of him. Can anyone help?

    Joanna Haycroft




    226385

    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




    226079

    2nd Lt. Charles Edward Sherwood 3rd Btn. Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.22nd Oct 1917)

    Charles Sherwood served with the 3rd Btn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

    John Snaith




    225799

    2nd Lt. Charles Edward Sherwood 3rd Btn. Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.22nd Oct 1917)

    2nd Lt. Charles Sherwood served with the 3rd Btn. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

    John Snaith




    225208

    Sgt. Harold Bradshaw 7th Btn. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.9th May 1917)

    Harold Bradshaw was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire on the 5th June 1891. He later went to work as a coal miner in Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire). On the 9th of May 1917 he was reported as missing in Salonica, Greece and was later reported as killed in action same day. Having no known grave he is remembered on the Doiran Memorial. At home he is remembered on the World War 1 Memorial Plaque inside Ardsley Christ Church, Barnsley.

    Valerie Parkinson




    224694

    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




    223746

    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




    223351

    Sgt. Harry Harrison 8th Btn. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire L.I. (d.19th Nov 1918)

    Harry Harrisondied of pneumonia on the 19th of November 1918, aged 28. He is buried in the Plovdiv Central Cemetery in Bulgaria.

    s flynn




    222968

    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




    222564

    Pte. Frank Matthews 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.21st Oct 1914)

    Unfortunately no details known about Frank Matthews service with the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry.

    Nicholas Crampton




    222020

    Pte. John Davidson Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry

    My grandfather, John Davidson, was enlisted 19 Feb 1917 as a 'motor driver'. Needless to say, he saw little driving and a lot of battle. His two brothers were also enlisted. Amazingly, at one point, they all met up on the front completely by chance. Even more amazing, they all survived the war, although all suffered injuries. I am still uncertain of his actual regiment within the Ox and Bucks.

    William Brown




    219476

    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




    219161

    Capt. Stephen Frederick Hammick Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.18th April 1916)

    Capt. Hammick died on 18 April 1916 at the age 45, from wounds received in action. He is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.

    S Flynn




    218490

    Sgt. Harry Harrison 8th Btn. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.19th Nov 1918)

    Harry Harrison served with the 8th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WW1 and died of pneumonia on the 19th November 1918, aged 28. He is buried in the Plovdiv Central Cemetery in Bulgaria. He was the husband of Emma Harrison, of 14, Mitella St., Burnley

    S Flynn




    217330

    Capt. Richard Reginald Maude Brooke Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (d.31st May 1915)

    Richard Brooke served with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and was killed in action in Mesopotamia in May 1915.

    s flynn




    216912

    Pte. Edgar Joseph Pritchard Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

    Edgar Joseph Pritchard, my Grandfather, fought in World War 1 with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, enlisting on the 30th March 1915). He married Daisy Eva Harris, my Grandmother in September 1916. She was born in January 1900 in Tilehurst near Reading, Berkshire, (although her marriage certificate says she was aged 18). At the time she was living at 11 Picton Villas, Langley New Town (Langley Marish as it was then) near Slough. I believe there was an army base at Langley during World War 1.

    Josie Llewelyn




    212895

    Pte. George Willis 7th Btn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (d.6th Oct 1915)

    George Willis of the 7th Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry died 6th October 1915 age 26. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial.

    Marilyn Hammond




    212514

    Pte. James Jesse Lyman MM. 2nd Btn. B Company, 8th Platoon Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.11th Sep 1918)

    James J. Lyman MM

    Before enlistment James Lyman worked at Coxís Dairy Farm in Gayhurst,Buckinghamshire. He was one of seven brothers to serve in the war and was the only one to die. Most of his brothers joined up within a year after war had broken out, but his eldest brother Harry was below the required height for recruitment. James enlisted at Bletchley on the 18th March 1916 and then proceeded to France in the following July. James was moved to the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry were he got his first taste of battle in Bethune.

    On the evening of 11 September 1918 the men of 8th Platoon, 2nd Ox and Bucks LI were advised that they were going to go over the top after the artillery barrage had finished. The weather was terrible and the floor was thick with mud. The companies were to attack with a frontage of 1,500 Yards and 100 Yards between each wave. B company (8th Platoon) went too far to the left during the attack resulting in a considerable gap between B and D Company and therefore the Germans were able to hold off the two companies in the gap. Communication was very difficult and all signal lines gave at once.

    Jim Lyman was heavily wounded during the push for Lock 7 on the evening of the 11th, He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. It was unknown what he did but from what we know from the war diaries and a letter received from the Brigade Chaplin it seemed he could have volunteered to be a runner and was injured doing so. James was brought back to the advanced field hospital where he was unconscious and beyond all human help. He died a few minutes later. The brigade Chaplin, Rev. George Galbraith, buried James in a shallow grave behind the lines where he then read a short personal service at Jamesí graveside.

    In November 1918, the ribbon of the Military Medal was awarded posthumously to Private Lyman and would be sent to his mother by the Colonel, who wrote; "I knew him well. He was a good soldier, a credit to his regiment and to himself." Major General C. Pereira, C.B., C.M.G., Commanding the 2nd Division, also wrote, congratulating Mrs. Lyman on the bravery of her son.

    Thomas James




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