1756 – 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.
1815 – 43rd landed at Cat Island, North America
1915 - 2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - RICHEBOURG ST VAAST.
In Brigade Reserve.
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.