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First Name: Sidney Herbert Last Name: LITTLE
Date of Death: 03/10/1914 Lived/Born In: Willesden
Rank: Private Unit: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry2
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Vailly British Cemetery, France


The Battle of the Aisne 13th September -28 September, 1914

After the Germans were defeated on the Marne they fell back to the River Aisne, closely pursued by both the British and the French. The new German line was a very formidable defensive position. To attack it  meant  having to cross the Aisne and then climb up a 500 foot high ridge on top of which was the Chemin des Dames, a road that gave the Germans an easy way to move troops along the top of the hills. On 13th September the Aisne was crossed by both British and French troops but after that progress became slower, until there was no progress at all. Both sides dug in and the fighting settled down into trench warfare. The fighting on the Aisne continued for two weeks at the end of which both sides realised that frontal attacks on entrenched positions were both costly and non-productive, not that this deterred them from continuing with this tactic throughout the war.

On 3rd October, 1914, 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry of 5 Brigade, 2nd Division,  were at La Cour de Soupir, a farm with a stone quarry nearby, a place they had recently returned to having been involved in a lot of fighting there in mid-September. There is no mention of any casualties on this day in the Battalion Diary but 2 men were killed in action on this day, one of them being Private Little. His death was  probably a result of shell fire.

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