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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The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment was inaugurated at Connaught Barracks, Dover on the 25 March 1970 and only six weeks later the 1st Battalion was on active service in Northern Ireland. Further Operational tours in the Province followed in1971-72, 1972-73, 1975-76 (resident), 1977, 1980-81, 1987, 1990-92 and 1997-99 (resident), in the course of which eight soldiers killed were in action.

The Regiment’s contribution towards wining the Cold War comprised two BAOR tours by the 1st Battalion in the mechanized role, Osnabruck 1970-74 and Paderborn 1984-90, and the 4th(Volunteer) Battalion’s commitment to NATO. To set the Seal on this period following the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact the 1st Battalion had the honour of being the last British battalion in Berlin 1992-94.

Out of area operations took the 1st Battalion to Cyprus 1978-1980 and 1983, where they saw service with the United Nations, a Company to the Falklands in the aftermath of the 1982 war, and the Battalion went to Bosnia in1996 for the NATO operation.

Overseas exercise deployment were frequent and for the 1st Battalion included training in Canada, the Gambia, Belize, Kenya and the Oman. In 1983 and again in 1995 the Battalion had the honour of providing the Royal Guard in London.

In 2006, the inexorable process of contraction of Britain’s armed forces saw The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment amalgamate with the Kings Own Royal Border and Kings Regiments to form the new Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which inherits the proud traditions of all the old county regiments of the North West of England.

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