This Day In History

  • 1775 In the early hours a small British force, including the Grenadier and Light Companies of the 47th (later 1st Loyals) and 59th (later 2nd East Lancashires), sets out from Boston, Massachusetts for Concord, some 20 miles away, to destroy a colonial munitions depot. At dawn at Lexington they are confronted by the local militia and the first shots of the American Revolution are fired. A further engagement follows at Concord where about 500 Militiamen defeat three British companies and force the British column to begin its return march to Boston. Reinforced at Lexington by a relief force including the rest of the 47th, the march is carried out under sustained fire from concealed insurgents, and the American War of Independence has begun.
  • 1854 47th Regiment (later the 1st Loyals) disembark at Scutari, opposite Constantinople, to join the 2nd Division, part of the British Army concentrating in preparation for the Crimean War. They are quartered in the huge Turkish barracks there, later to become famous as the British base hospital where Florence Nightingale effected her nursing reforms.
  • 1880 2nd Afghan War. Battle of Ahmed Kel. 59th Regiment (soon to 2nd East Lancashires) is hard-pressed on the right of the British line. Afterwards 1,000 dead lie in front of the British line, with 600 around the 59th's position. 59th's colours are the last to be carried by a British regiment on a victorious field. They are now displayed in the Sergeant's Mess of the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
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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 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. We are also proud to be officially responsible for collecting and collating historical material relating to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment itself.

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)