Aug 202013

Oxfordshire FHS has been asked to publicise the following event by “Soldiers of Oxfordshire”. Please note that as this is not a talk organised or promoted by OFHS, we can not answer questions thereon – the organiser’s contact details can be found towards the end of the press release.


On 5 September 2013, Simon Harris will be talking about the 52nd Light Infantry in the first two years of the Great War. In 1914, the 52nd was a most formidable fighting unit and in his talk you will hear about the Retreat from Mons, the Battles of the Aisne, Ypres 1914, Festubert and Loos.

On November 11th 1914, the 52nd, in their most celebrated action of the war at Nonne Bosschen Wood, routed the cream of the Kaiser’s troops, the Prussian Guards. You will be shown images of artefacts taken from the Germans that day and never seen in public before. In 1915, at Richebourg, the 52nd fought courageously in the first British night action of the war.

The talk is an illustrated PowerPoint presentation.

Simon Harris is a retired consultant anaesthetist and has written three books. Whilst researching the life of his great uncle Captain Ralph Kite MC, who was mortally wounded in 1916 whilst serving with the 52nd, he became aware of the absence of a formal history of the battalion in the Great War. His book on the 52nd Light Infantry in France and Belgium is now the authoritative second volume of the regimental history in the Great War.

The talk will be held on Thursday 5 September 2013 at 6.15pm at Edward Brooks Barracks, Cholswell Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6HW.

After the talk we are delighted to offer a glass of wine and some canapes. We would like to invite you to join us at this event. Tickets will be priced at £15.00. All proceeds of this event will support the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum project. Purchasing tickets is easy via phone 01993 813 832 (Kate or Sue) or alternatively though our website

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Kate Burrows

Fundraising Assistant

Soldiers of Oxfordshire

01993 813 832


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