This Day In History

1809 Escaping after the Battle of Corunna, the ship carrying the Headquarters of the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) is hit by a French shore battery and begins to sink. As the soldiers are transferring to another vessel, Sgt Major Perkins remembers the Regimental Colours and rushes back at the last minute, rescuing them moments before the ship goes down.
1900 2nd Boer War. 1st South Lancashires lead the advance across the Tugela River.
1960 After 33 months of operations against Malayan communist terrorists, 1st Loyals embarks on the troopship Nevasa at Penang, under orders for the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany.
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Chapter 2 – THE SEVEN YEARS WAR 1756-63

Louisburg. In 1758 the 40th and 47th won their first battle honours for the reduction of the French fortress of Louisburg, where the 47th gained the nickname “Wolfe’s Own”.

Quebec. On 17th September 1759 the 47th and the Grenadier Company of the 40th earned great distinction in the decisive battle of Quebec. The battle is commemorated annually by the Regiment, who also wear black in memory of General Wolfe’s death at the moment of victory. The 40th took part in the capture of Montreal, 1760.

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