52nd Light Infanrtry/43rd & 52nd Regiments/Ox and Bucks Light Infantry/1st Green Jackets/Royal Green Jacket/The Rifles
Below is some genealogy information on the 52nd Light Infantry, 43rd & 52nd Regiments, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, 1st Green Jackets, Royal Green Jacket and The Rifles of the British army that may help searches for military ancestors.
Description: Formed in 1881 through an amalgamation of the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) and the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry). They saw action in the Boer Wars fighting at Kimberley and Paardenburg. In 1908 they were renamed the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. During the First World War they fought across the Western, Greek, Balkan and Middle-Eastern fronts at battles such as Mons, Marne, Aisne, the 1st battle of Ypres, Festubert, Loos, the Somme (1916), the Hindenburg Line, Arras, Cambrai, Passchendaele, the 1st battle of the Somme (1918), the 2nd battle of the Somme (1918), Selle, Valenciennes, the advance in Flanders, Vittorio Veneto and Doiran. During the Second World War they fought across the Western, African, Italian and Far-Eastern fronts at battles such as the Dunkirk evacuations, D-Day, where they landed on Sword beach, Operation Market Garden and the invasion of Italy. In 1948 they were renamed The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 43rd and 52nd. In 1958 the regiment transferred to the Green Jackets Brigade and were renamed the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd). In 1963 they were re-designated a rifle regiment. In 1966 they amalgamated with the other regiments of the Green Jackets Brigade, forming the Royal Green Jackets. They were disbanded in 1992. Their nickname is The Light Bobs.
- Boer war: Paardenburg
- WWI: Mons
- WWI: Marne
- WWI: Aisne
- WWI: 1st battle of Ypres
- WWI: Festubert
- WWI: Loos
- WWI: Somme (1916)
- WWI: Hindenburg Line
- WWI: Arras
- WWI: Cambrai
- WWI: 3rd battle of Ypres
- WWI: 1st battle of the Somme (1918)
- WWI: 2nd battle of the Somme (1918)
- WWI: Selle
- WWI: Valenciennes
- WWI: Advance in Flanders
- WWI: Vittorio Veneto
- WWI: Doiran
- WWII: Dunkirk evacuations
- WWII: D-Day
- WWII: Arnhem
- WWII: Invasion of Italy
- Edward Charlie Battams. Corporal. Died 19 July 1916. Theatre: France & Flanders.
- Fred Dimmock. Private. Died 25 July 1916. Theatre: France & Flanders.
- Edward William Braisher. Private. 21 March 1918. Theatre: France & Flanders.
- Charles Samuel Hawkes. Private. Died 25 September 1915. Theatre: France & Flanders.
- History of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
- Wikipedia: Ox and Bucks Light Infantry