1824 - 52nd - arrived in Canada on its first tour.
1885 – 2nd Bn Oxf LI – Metal Shoulder Badges, consisting of a brass bugle with “OXFORD” in brass underneath, were taken into wear. These were given by the Officer Commanding, to be kept up by the men, and to be worn on khaki clothing.
1916 –2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI –CAMBLAIN CHETELAIN.
Practice Ceremonial Parade.
1916 – 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – SENLIS
At 1am 18th inst one platoon under 2Lt B C RIGDEN left our trenches & attacked point X.3.D.97 & entered this objective at 2am. Barricades were at once erected & the party commenced consolidating.
Repeated enemy bombing attacks were driven off – the party was withdrawn owing to the other enterprises failing. On the 25th July LT B.C. RIGDEN was awarded an immediate grant of the Military Cross for his good work on this occasion.
2Lt C. HALL with one platoon attacking point X.3.B.1.1 was held up by machine gun fire & was withdrawn & he was wounded severely in the head whilst bringing in casualties – 2Lt R.C. NORWOOD with one platoon attacked point X.3.C.7.9 & was held up by machine gun fire& was seen to fall. The Sergeant in charge was ordered to retire & a further search was made for 2Lt NORWOOD. As a result of this reconnaissance the positions & strength of the German dispositions in the neighbourhood was established & the Battn received the congratulations of the G.O.C 48th Division.
The Battalion marched to billets in BOUZINCOURT during the morning.
During the night of 18/19 July 2LT R.E.M. YOUNG took out a patrol of 1 Sergeant & 12 men of B Coy to reconnoitre the German wire on the Western side of POZIERES on the ALBERT – BAPAUME road in a northerly direction.
Casualties O.R Killed 2 Wounded 34 Missing 18
1916 - 1/4th Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – BOUZINCOURT Huts.
7.10PM -Received orders to attack between OVILLERS and POZIERES 1.30 AM 19th.
8.15PM - 1st Company moved off through ALBERT to Dump on ALBERT – BAPAUME Rd (on USNA hill) where RE Stores, extra SAA etc. issued to Battn.
10.45PM -Coy's moved off up ALBERT – BAPAUME Road to get into position.
B (on left) C (on right) in front line. A Coy in Support D Coy in Reserve.
1940 – 2nd Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI:-The 52nd disembarked at Liverpool, after eighteen years’ service in India and Burma.
1944 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI – CHATEAU ST COME.
Last night was a quiet one, our own patrols confining themselves to making sure that the enemy had not changed his posns during the night. An enemy wiring party was observed on 'A' Coys front, strength about 20 men, but no action was taken owing to necessity of keeping the front quiet during the night. Between 0520 hrs and 0700 hrs we had a magnificent view of hundreds of medium and heavy bombers carrying what is termed "the greatest air assault in history" against the enemy posns EAST and S.E. of CAEN. This was followed be a tremendous arty barrage of over [800?] guns and then we could see our armour going forward until it was out of sight in the dust & smoke caused by this arty fire and bombing. Enemy reactions in our own front were negligible. During the afternoon five of "A" Coy's numbers worked fwd into one of the enemy fwd posns and found it unoccupied, but later in the day the enemy returned and set off one of his own booby traps in the posn. The noise of the big push SOUTHWARDS and WESTWARDS out of our br head EAST of the R. ORNE could be going on all day. From all accounts the day's fighting has been going very successfully. At about 23.00 hrs this evening a small number of enemy bombers flew over dropping about 100 small anti-personnel bombs on A + D Coys, one of which wounded Lt AF White in the back of the head. Other bombs were dropped near D + C Coys Standing Patrols and also some behind the enemy's FDLs. Our own patrols incurred no casualties.
1953 – 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks LI (43rd & 52nd) - The Regiment moved by train to Harwich and embarked for B.A.O.R.