Today, August 22nd, evokes mixed emotions, being the anniversary of the death of Will Scott on the one hand, and on the other hand, the occasion when Walter Moberly won his DSO.
They both took part in an attack made by the Ox & Bucks as a small part of the third battle at Ypres, along with Gifford Turrell, whilst another Old Dragon, Geoffrey Rose, recorded events for posterity.
Whilst Walter’s conduct earned him the DSO, Will Scott was killed leading his company into the attack and Gifford Turrell suffered such severe wounds that he died of them nearly three months later. Thus, tragedy outweighed any pleasure one might have derived from Walter’s triumph.
We are very proud that the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry has included no fewer than 22 Old Dragons in their ranks:
Capt. LWH Bailie – mentioned in despatches; wounded
2nd Lieut. OC Blencowe – killed on the Somme (1916)
Major JJ Conybeare – MC
Lieut. LS Dowson – wounded
Lieut. JTS Hoey – Croix de Guerre; wounded
2nd Lieut. FH Holt – attached to Tank Corps
2nd Lieut. H Jefferson – killed near Ypres (1917)
Capt. WH Moberly – DSO, thrice wounded; twice mentioned in despatches
Lieut. JE Pogson Smith
Major DM Rose – wounded
Major GK Rose – MC & Bar; mentioned in despatches
Major RRS Rowell
Lieut. WD Scott – killed near Ypres (1917)
2nd Lieut. HA Smith – wounded
Lieut. HEF Smyth
Capt. RF Symonds – Croix de Guerre; twice wounded
2nd Lieut. HG Turrell – died of his wounds (November 1917)
Capt. WJL Wallace – disabled & invalided from the Service
Lieut. CL Wicks