Ep279 – The Bucks Battalion in the Great War – Prof Ian Beckett

Professor Ian Beckett, Honorary Professor of Military History at the University of Kent, talks about the 1/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, during the Great War. His talk is based on the ‘Casualty Books’ of the unit which is a unique source as it gives details of 3,000 servicemen who served enlisted and served in the unit. He talks about the discipline, social background and sickness rates of men in the unit during their service on the Western Front from May 1915 to November 1917, and in Italy from November 1917 to February 1918.