This Day In History

1900 3rd (Militia) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, embodied for the duration of the Boer War
1900 2nd Boer War. Battle of Spion Kop. Two companies of 1st South Lancashires are amongst the 2,000 British troops who suffer through a long and boody day on the exposed, bullet and shell-swept crest of Spion Kop. The searing experience provides a new place-name for sites across Britain, including more than one football spectator stand.
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Chapter 18 – THE POST-WAR YEARS 1945-70

Reductions. In the immediate aftermath of the war Regular Lancashire battalions served in India, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Eritrea, Malta, Italy, Trieste, Austria and Germany, and the 40th and 47th saw active service in Palestine, but peace brought reductions and by 1949 our three County Regiments had been reduced to one Regular battalion each.

 Malaya. Active service in the Canal Zone followed for each battalion and, with the coming of the Cold War, tours with the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). In 1957-59 1st Loyals took part in the successful anti-terrorist campaign in Malaya. Subsequently the Loyals had tours in Germany, Swaziland, Malta and Aden.

 The Lancashire Regiment (PWV). On the 1st July 1958 The East Lancashire Regiment and South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) were Amalgamated and the1st Battalion The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) was formed in Hong Kong. In its short life this battalion worthily upheld the traditions of its predecessors serving in Hong Kong, Germany, Swaziland, Cyprus, Aden and Malta.

 Aden. In 1967 the Lancashires played a distinguished part in the final months of the bitter anti-terrorist campaign in Aden, amassing more operation awards there than any other unit.

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