This Day In History

  • 1695 Siege of Namur. French-held fortress finally surrenders. It has been a baptism of blood for the 6-year-old Saunderson's Regiment (later 1st East Lancashiries), earliest of our antecedent regiments. 3 Officers and 80 NCO's and men have been killed or died of wounds, and a further 6 officers and 112 other ranks have been wounded.
  • 1914 Battle of Le Cateau. 2nd South Lancashires and 1st East Lancashires stand until ordered to withdraw as the Retreat from Mons continues.
  • 1916 Battle of the Somme. 8th Loyals suffer second repulse in 2 days attacking the Thiepval Spur, highest and most strongly fortified point of the German defences.
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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)