This Day In History

  • 1943 British and American force, including 1st Loyals, lands at Anzio, Italy with no opposition. Unfortunately the Allied command fails to exploit their initial advantage. Within days the Germans have deployed substantial reinforcements and the Allies are on the defensive.
  • 1957 Under orders for Malaya, 1st Loyals embarks, with families, on the troopship Empire Orwell at Southampton for passage to Singapore.
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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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