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  • 1815 Battle of Waterloo. The 30th and 40th Regiments (later the 1st Battalions of the East Lancashire and South Lancashire Regiments respectively) gain glory on the field of one of the most decisive battles in history.
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Chapter 14 – SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899-1902

The 1st East Lancashire’s, 1st South Lancashires, and 1st Loyals were all engaged in the South African War, as were the 3rd (Militia) Battalion The South Lancashire and detachments from the Volunteer Battalions of all three County Regiments.

The 47th were part of the pre-war garrison at Capetown and just before the outbreak of hostilities half the Battalion was sent to defend Kimberley. The town was soon besieged by the Boers but held out until relieved by a force which include the remaining companies of the Regiment, which was awarded the unique battle honour Defence of Kimberley.

The 30th was with Lord Roberts’s army which marched on Pretoria. They fought at Jacobsdaal, Karee and the Zand River, 1900, and earned high praise for their part in these actions.

The 40th took part in the battle of Spion Kop and the actions of the Tugela Heights during the fighting to relieve Ladysmith, 1900. They particularly distinguished themselves at the battle of Pieter’s Hill, the final action before the relief, when the Commanding Officer was killed leading the charge that finally broke the Boer position. The Regiment was awarded the battle honour Relief of Ladysmith.

Subsequently all three Regiments were involved in the arduous guerrilla campaign which lasted until 1902 and fought many minor engagements both on foot and as mounted infantry. For their services they were awarded the battle honour South Africa 1899-1902

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