4981/201746 Pte Christopher Green, 1/4th Oxford and Bucks Light Inf.

This project is a result of research into my Family history. During this research I found out that my Grandfather Christopher Green, born 9th November 1880 at 14 Wood Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford, died of wounds on August 8th 1917, at Dozinghem Casualty Clearing Station near Ypres.

Further research showed that his Service papers were one of the many destroyed in the Blitz during the Second World War.

With much difficulty, but with great help from members of the Great War Forum, I was able to place an approximate date of his enlistment (May 1915), and when he may of embarked to the Western Front (March 1916). With these facts in mind, I purchased the War Diary for the 1/4th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, in the hope of finding out more information.

All the War Diaries have now been added, in most cases operation orders have been included where they exist. The majority need proof reading for typo errors, also some words still need to be recognised.

A searchable database of the Roll of Honour, and others who served in the 1/4th Oxford and Bucks during the Great War is also available.

The original (mostly hand written) War Diaries (WO95) are kept at the National Archive at Kew.

Additional material from the War Diary of 145 Infantry Brigade (WO95/2760 and 2761), where it applies to 1/4th Oxford and Bucks is being added in blue. The Brigade War Diary contains many of the Operation Orders and some maps which are missing from the 1/4th Oxford and Bucks War Diary.

The reference nos. at Kew for the War Diaries of the 1/4th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry are as follows:-

WO95/2764 France & Belgium. 01 April 1915 - 31 October 1917
WO95/4251 Italy. 01 November 1917 - 31 March 1919

Most images are Crown Copyright.

Battalion's Great War Timeline

   France and Belgium

   August 1914, in Oxford. Part of South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division.

   25th August 1914, Battalion arrived at Writtle, Essex, made up to War Establishment.

   29th March 1915, Battalion embarked from Folkstone on SS Onward at 11pm.

   30th March 1915, Disembarked, 02.50 am at Bolougne.

   April 17th to June 1915, Ploegsteert, Belgium.

   15 May 1915, became part of the 145th Infantry Brigade in 48th (South Midland) Division.

   July 1915 to July 1916, Hebuterne Area.

   July and August 1916, The Somme.

   November & December 1916, Le Sars.

   January & March 1917, Maisonette.

   March & April 1917, Peronne - Ronssoy.

   May & June 1917, Hermies & Demicourt.

   August to October 14th 1917, Third Battle of Ypres.

   Mid October 1917, Vimy.


   Arrived in Genoa 27th November 1917.

   27th February 1918, Montello.

   30th April, moved to Asiago Plateau.

   June 1918, The fighting on the Asiago Plateau

   Nov 1918, The Battle of the Vittoria Veneto but in the Val d'Assa rather than the Vittoria Veneto

Last updated 10th August 2015.

War Diary Transcipts

1/4 Oxford  and Bucks

1/4 oxford and bucks light infantry

4981 / 201746 Christopher Green France 1916.

Died of Wounds 8th August 1917.