This Day In History

  • 1707 War of the Spanish Succession. After two months of siege, to avoid further pointless bloodshed,  the garrison of the fortress of Lerida (now Lleida) in Spain beats the chamade as the French are about to make their final assault. 600 emaciated survivors of the original garrison of 1800, who had been reduced to living on oatmeal, rice and water, march out under arms and with the full honours of war. They are followed by a similar number of sick and wounded in carts supplied by the victors. Amongst them are several much-reduced companies of Wills' Marines (later 30th Foot, and then 1st East Lancashires), led by the by-then Major General Wills. All are complimented by the enemy commander, the Duc d'Orleans, on their gallant defence
  • 1857 Indian Mutiny. Relief of Lucknow. 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) engage in desperate fighting in the advance to the Martiniere College. The silver-chased "Rajah's Bed Post" staff which is now one of the Museum's most treasured exhibits was captured on this day.
  • 1945 Battleship HMS Nelson reaches Portsmouth carrying 2nd Loyals colours, colour belts and some mess plate. They had been found 2 months earlier in bank vaults in Singapore, where they had remained undiscovered by the Japanese since the capitulation in 1942. They are carried to Preston, where one month later they are ceremonially paraded through the town
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History of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

Chapter 1 THE EARLIEST DAYS 1689-1755
30th Foot
40th Foot
47th Foot
59th Foot
Chapter 2 SEVEN YEARS WAR 1756-63
Louisburg
Quebec
Chapter 3 AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE 1755-83
Chapter 4 FIRST COUNTY TITLES 1782
30th (The Cambridgeshire Regiment)
40th (2nd Somersetshire Regiment)
47th (The Lancashire Regiment)
59th (2nd Nottinghamshire Regiment)
Chapter 5 THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WAR 1793-1802
81st and 82nd Regiments
The Mediterranean and Egypt
The West Indies
Holland
Chapter 6 THE NAPOLEONIC WARS 1803-15
Chapter 7 THE PENINSULA WAR 1808-14
Antwerp
The East Indies
Chapter 8 WATERLOO 1815
Chapter 9 WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES 1812-1814
Chapter 10 OUTPOSTS OF EMPIRE 1815 1854
3rd Mahratta War1817-18 t
Persian Gulf 1819
1st Burmese War 1825-26
Bhurtpore 1826.
1st Afghan War 1839-42
Maharajpore 1843
Australia 1854
Chapter 11 CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55
Chapter 12 SOLDIERS OF THE QUEEN 1856-81
China 1857
The Indian Mutiny 1857
The Maori Wars 1860-66
The Fenian Raid 1866
2nd Afghan War  1878-80
Chapter 13 ARMY REORGANISATION 1873 & 1881
Chapter 14 SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899-1902
Chapter 15 FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-18
France and Flanders 1914-18
East Africa 1914-16
Gallipoli 1915
Egypt and Palestine 1915-18
Mesopotamia
Macedonia
Chapter 16 BETWEEN THE WARS 1918-1939
Chapter 17 SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-45
Dunkirk 1940
Singapore1942
Madagascar 1942
Tunisia 1943
Italy 1944
Normandy 1944
Holland and Germany 1944-45
Burma 1944-4
Chapter 18 THE POST-WAR YEARS 1945-70
Reductions 1945-49
Malaya 1950’s
The Lancashire Regiment (PWV) 1958
Aden 1967
Chapter 19 THE QUEEN’S LANCASHIRE REGIMENT 1970
Chapter 20 AMALGAMATION 2006