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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The Friends of The Lancashire Infantry Museum

(Registered Charity No 1120003)

The Friends is an active organisation which provides a focus and a forum for all those with an interest in military history in general, and that of Central Lancashire’s historic infantry regiments in particular.

By doing so, the group helps the Museum to preserve and promote the most important regimental heritage collection in the North West of England, and one of the most important in the country.

Founded in 2001, the Friends became an independent charity registered with the Charity Commissioners in 2007.

The Friends:

  • Raise funds to support the Museum, which receives only minimal public funding.
  • Organise a busy annual programme of study days and evening events. These offer opportunities for in-depth examination of specific aspects of Regimental history. Drawing on the Museum’s extensive and often unique archives; sometimes featuring Regimental veterans of the campaign being studied; and often led by nationally-recognised experts, these Study Days are designed not only to be academically and educationally valid for the serious student of military history; but also entertaining and enjoyable for those with a more general interest. Recent study days have included the Regiment’s campaigns in Afghanistan, Arnhem, Aden, Iraq, Malaya, Northern Ireland, and The Somme.
  • Run annual Battlefield Tours to areas of historical Regimental interest – which, given that ours is the only Regiment in world history which has fought on every inhabited continent, provides an inexhaustible range to choose from. Since 2001 the Friends have visited Belgium (The Siege of Namur 1695 and the Battle of Waterloo 1815), France (the Retreat from Mons 1914, The Somme 1915, Ypres 1915-18,Normandy 1944, ), Turkey (Gallipoli 1915), Italy (Anzio and Cassino 1944), Spain and Portugal (The Peninsular War 1808-1814), and the Netherlands (Operation Market Garden 1944).

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE – JOIN THE FRIENDS TODAYand help to sustain one of the most important Regimental heritage collections in the country.Benefits include:- Privileged access to the collection’s library & archives- Free research and assistance- Reduced Entry Fees for Museum-organised events and social occasions- Members’ Privileges on special events and social occasions, including annual Battlefield Tours

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