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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Caring Bank Staff Clean Historic Uniforms

Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber.

Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber.

Three bank staff from Bolton have been pitching in at the Museum. The mission of the three, normally based at the Yorkshire Bank in Bolton, was to take part in a special ‘Give and Gain Day’ and so on Friday 15 May, they reported for duty at the Lancashire Infantry Museum in their own special uniforms with the ‘We Care About Here’ logo. Their mission, set by Museum Curator Jane Davies, was to help with cleaning historic scarlet uniforms from the Museum’s collection from The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, the East Lancashire Regiment and the South Lancashire Regiment, all ancestors of today’s Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. ‘The historic uniforms are too precious to wash – so we use special chemical pads to keep the material clean and ready for display’ said Jane. ‘It is wonderful to have extra hands for task like this, and we are most grateful to the Bolton bank team’.

Andrew Gleave, Commercial Manager at the branch added that the programme was part of the bank’s special business week of giving things back to the community. ‘It’s been a great privilege to work here’, he said ‘– and probably the first time that Yorkshire’s White Rose has cleaned Red Rose uniforms! ‘ Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber. Behind are the colours of the 4th Battalion, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, which are laid-up in the care of the Museum.

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