1793 - 52nd - present at the capture of Pondicherry (India).
1914 - Battle of Mons; 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI present.
1918 - Battle of Albert; 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI present.
1919 –1st Bn, OXF & BUCKS LI – NORTH RUSSIA.
0800 - 60-pdr. Floated off downstream and reached BERESNIK at 1900 hrs.
1500 - Bombarded enemy’s positions with the four 18-pdrs.
23.08.19. CAPT MEADE’S DETACHMENT.
1000 - Disembarked at EMETSKOE and picked up No. 13 platoon.
1944 – 2nd (AB) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – LE PT CASTEL - Normandy:-
1 R.U.R. had no success in their attempts to cross the river during the night, and the Regiment was ordered to move forward to TOURGEVILLE and 'D' Coy were sent forward to occupy the high ground overlooking the river at ST. ARNOULT while the 1 R.U.R. moved further South.
'D' Coy suffered a few casualties from enemy artillery and mortar fire during the day but our own artillery returned the fire with interest and succeeded in silencing two of the hostile batterys.
1944 – 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion (Normandy):-
AM - CO and Adjt visit 5 Kings at LION SUR MER who are in the same state of suspended animation as ourselves.
They still know nothing.
PM - CO and Adjt visit 101 Beach Sub-Area to see if they know anything.
Commander 101 Beach Sub-Area accompanies CO and Adjt to HQ L of C where 'A' branch assume that we have been under command L of C since 1200 hrs 22 Aug.
They also state that we are to have a minimum cadre and after a lot of humming and hawing the information is dragged from them that eventually we are to receive new intakes of 'bomb happy' gentlemen and recruits from England to train as a future garrison.
It was particularly stressed that this was still unofficial as 'officially' we must not be told anything.
This statement produced a certain amount of righteous indignation from the Commanding Officer who asked how we were to know who to retain on the cadre if we did not know our future role. Everyone said they couldn't agree more but 21 Army Group had apparently decreed that we were to be kept completely in the dark, so that was that.
Visited Reforsec and were shown the cadre consisting of 16 Officers and 136 ORs.
This stated that company commanders must go and the QM but we retained a skeleton Support Coy. Reforsec said that these men were urgently required and would be posted almost immediately, once we let them know our draft availability state.
The position regarding stores and vehicles was still not cleared up.