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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The 52nd Regiment of Foot

American War of Independence

Twenty years after its founding, the 52nd Regiment of Foot saw active service in the American War of Independence, from 1774 to 1778. The 52nd Regiment of Foot was shipped to America from Canada, arriving in Boston, and fought in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill in 1775. Major-General William Howe led the main assault at Bunker Hill with Brigadier Robert Pigot leading the 52nd Regiment of Foot and 43rd  Regiment of Foot in support. This was the first occasion that the 52nd Regiment of Foot fought alongside the 43rd Regiment of Foot. They suffered heavy casualties at Bunker Hill, and in their grenadier company, only 8 men were left unwounded. In August, 1778, the men were drafted into other regiments and the officers returned to England. The regiment obtained new recruits and in 1782 the introduction of county titles for regiments resulted in the 52nd  Regiment of Foot adding "Oxfordshire" to their name.

The 52nd Regiment of Foot picture 1

The 52nd Regiment of Foot picture 2

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