1756 – 52nd - The 54th Regiment Of Foot or Colonel Lambton’s Regiment was formed. Later this regiment became the 52nd Regiment of Foot.
Interestingly both the 43rd and 52nd were both initially raised as the 54th Regiment.
Happy Birthday to the 52nd.
THE ROYAL WARRANT
The following order for raising the Regiment was addressed to Colonel Hedworth Lambton, who had been promoted from the Coldstream Guards to the colonelcy of the 52nd Regiment by commission, dated 20 December, 1755:-
“These are to authorise you, by beat of drum or otherwise, to raise men in any county or part of our kingdom of Great Britain for a Regiment of Foot under your command, which is to consist of Ten Companies, of three Serjeants, three Corporals, two Drummers, and seventy effective Private Men in each Company, besides Commission Officers. And all Magistrates, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and other our Civil Officers whom it may concern, are hereby required to be assisting with you in providing quarters, impressing carriages, and otherwise, as shall be occasion.
“Given at our Court at St James’s, this 7th day of January 1756, in the twenty-ninth year of our reign.
“By his Majesty’s Command
“To our trusty and well-beloved Hedworth Lambton Esq., Colonel of our Fifty-fourth Regiment of Foot, to be forthwith raised, or to the Officers appointed to raise men for our said Regiment.”
Most of the Officers were commissioned in December 1755 and the cadre of the Regiment was formed at the same time.
1815 – 43rd - landed at Cat Island, North America. Took part in the Battle of New Orleans, losing 3 Officers & 13 men killed, 1 Officer & 21 men wounded and 17 men taken prisoner.
1919—2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - STOMMELN to ZONS GERMANY.
On the 7th the Battalion moved to Zons, and took up billets fair, but capable of improvement. Educational Training (with a definite weekly programme) was then resumed and continued until the end of the month, the remainder of the time being devoted to Military Training, sports, and recreation.
1919 –1/1stBuckinghamshire Battalion – MAGLIO.
Ration Strength: 19 Officers 578 OR. Casualties: NIL.
1919 - 1/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – MAGLIO.
Lecture by Lieut. J.C.B. GAMLEN to Brigade in Cinema Hall. Subject: “Relations of France & England between 1789 and 1914. Well attended & very interesting.
Inspection of Transport by Corps Horse-master.
Not very successful as during inspection one horse died in lines, presumable of fright.
1945 – 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - North West Europe
On the 7th the Regiment took part in a further attack designed to cover the right flank of the Americans driving southwards on the east bank of the River Ourthe (3986).
C Company, with two platoons from D Company, the carrier platoon, a pioneer section, three Weasels and a Wasp flame-throwing carrier, were to carry out the attack aimed down the south edge of the two woods already captured.
Crest-clearance problems made close support by the gunners impossible, but the 3-inch mortar platoon put down a thousand bombs in thirty minutes.
Within an hour the objective was taken.
The D Company platoon had a fierce but short fight and one platoon from C Company met sixty Germans who had been pinned in by the mortar bombardment. They fought hard for a few minutes, but then surrendered.
Altogether eighty-three prisoners were taken and between thirty and forty dead counted—all from the 116th Panzer Division.
Captain G. R. Seers, who had come up to visit his two platoons, was hit by an isolated concentration of mortar fire and died a few minutes later.
1945 – 2nd (AB) Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - North West Europe
Defensive positions were prepared
1950 – 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks LI (43rd & 52nd) – Embarked (from Greece) in M.V. Westralia for Cyprus.
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