This Day In History

  • 1900 Having volunteered for foreign service, 3rd (Militia) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, embarks for South Africa and the Boer War. Strength 26 officers and 674 other ranks.
  • 1942 After the surrender in Singapore, 2nd Loyals are ordered to lay down their arms and remain in their final positions in Marlborough Camp. This is fortunate, as it was a pre-war RAOC barracks and they are able to collect food, clothing and medical supplies.
  • 1944 Anzio. Germans launch a massive counter-attack, aimed at splitting the beach-head in two and driving the Allies into the sea. 1st Loyals, manning part of the Corps reserve line in an area near a railway fly-over, stand to.
  • 1947 1st Loyals embarks on the troopship Empire Winchester at Haifa, Palestine, under orders for the former Italian colony of Eritrea, Africa.
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Welcome to the website of the Lancashire Infantry Museum, the largest Regimental archive and the premier centre for military historical research in the North of England.

The Museum is housed in the heart of Lancashire,  in the traditional home of the old county infantry regiments in Fulwood Barracks, Preston.

We preserve for posterity the achievements, records and artefacts of those historic infantry regiments of Central Lancashire which now form part of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, created in 2006 by the amalgamation of The Kings Own Royal Border, Kings and Queen’s Lancashire Regiments. 

In all we cherish the heritage of  120 separate units, including the 59 battalions formed by our antecedent Lancashire regiments during the First World War,  and all associated  Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorials, Home Guard and Cadet units.

 The Antecedent Regiments

The East Lancashire Regiment ( 30th and 59th of Foot) The South Lancashire Regiment ( 40th and 82nd of Foot)  The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (47th and 81st of Foot)

FUTURE OF THE LANCASHIRE INFANTRY MUSEUM

On 7 November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced the closure and disposal of Fulwood Barracks by 2022.

This does NOT mean that Lancashire Infantry Museum, which with its predecessors has been located in the Barracks for the past 90 years, will also close. The Museum Trustees fully intend that the Museum will continue in existence.

We are an independent charitable organisation occupying premises within the Barracks on a lease from the Ministry of Defence. We very much hope that we may continue to be located at the Fulwood Barracks site in whatever future form that may take. However, if this proves not to be possible, then the Ministry of Defence is legally committed to re-locating us in suitable and appropriate accommodation elsewhere, and we have received ministerial confirmation that this obligation will be honoured.

Please be assured that, whatever the future of Fulwood Barracks:

• The Museum is not threatened with closure either now or in the foreseeable future.
• The Trustees will continue to hold and display donated material to at least the present standards of access and security.
• We continue to welcome new donations and financial support .

We are touched and grateful for the great wave of support which the Museum has received since the announcement was made. We are most appreciative, and hope for to your continuing support during the difficult years which lie ahead.