great extract. Please could you tell me what same book tells of the events of july 21 attack from same start line involving 1/1 OBLI. My great grand father was a plt commander in I think d coy , KIA 21 july. Chapman JP.
I hope the following of of interest to you.
The following is extracted from:
"Citizen Soldiers of Buckinghamshire 1795-1926" by Major General J C Swann
"On the night of the 20th/21st July the Battalion was ordered to carry out an attack in conjunction with the 1/5th Gloucesters and 1/4th Oxfords against the enemy positions between Ovillers and Pozieres. “A,” “B,”and “C” were detailed for the attack, with “D” Company in reserve. The German trench was about 325 yards distant from our front line. A tape line had been laid down by the R.E. 100 yards in front of Sickle Trench, due east of Ovillers, on which the formation of the units for the attack could be made. The formation consisted of two Companies in the front line, each in line of platoons in column of sections, two sections in the first, one in the second, and one in the third line. The third Company was in immediate support in one line. The advance to the attack was therefore in four lines, with ten yards distance between lines. At 2.15 a.m. our troops left their trench to form up. The attack was to be delivered at 2.45 a.m. At 2.35 a.m. the enemy opened very heavy machine-gun fire, and this, coupled with the fact that our barrage started two minutes too soon, and had no apparent effect on the machine-gun fire of the enemy, resulted in the failure of the attack. There is little doubt that owing to the bright moonlight the enemy had become aware of our intentions. A few officers and men succeeded in reaching the objective, but of these hardly any got back.
The want of success in this attack was keenly felt by all ranks, as it was the first serious attack in which the Battalion had been engaged. But they had not long to wait for their next chance, when a successful issue more than compensated for their present disappointment, though it could not make up for the heavy losses in this fruitless enterprise. Amongst the officers Captain L. W. Crouch, Second Lieutenants J. P. Chapman, C. G. Abrey, and C. W. Trimmer were killed,. and Second Lieutenants H. C. E. Mason, B. C. Rigden, H. V. Shepperd, and A. P. Godfrey were wounded, whilst of other ranks 8 were killed 96 wounded, and 41 missing. Captain G. G. Jackson was wounded and taken prisoner."
Captain P L Wright's "First Buckinghamshire Battalion 1914-1919" has in appendix V the following information:-
2nd Lieutenant John Percy Chapman joined the battalion as a Platoon Commander in C Company in France on 18.3.16 and was killed on 21.7.16 .
"We will remember them."