This Day In History

1719 The Grenadier company of Wills' Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires), part of an expedition sent to capture the French-held Fort Annapolis, Nova Scotia, provide cover for the landing of the Marines. The French are allowing Annapolis to be used as a base for privateers attacking British settlements in New England.
1915 Battle of Loos. The final British offensive of 1915 begins. 1st Loyal North Lancashires make a gallant but unsuccessful assault in the face of uncut German wire, machine guns and gas. When, after a second attempt, the survivors rally in the trenches, only 3 officers and 159 other ranks remain on their feet, 16 officers and 489 men having fallen. It is in the aftermath of this attack that Private Henry Kenny earns the Victoria Cross. Also on this day 2nd South Lancashires make a brave but costly attack on the Bellewarde Ridge, but lose heavily to the lethal combination of machine guns and barbed wire.
1915 Private Henry Kenny, 1st Loyals, wins the VC near Loos, France, by going into No Man's Land on six separate occasions, and under heavy fire each time, to bring in wounded men
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Future Battlefield Tours

To assist with long-term planning, the Friends of the Museum have announced details of their future annual Battlefield Tours. Please note that all dates are PROVISIONAL at this stage and may change once detailed planning  begins.

2012 – “Jacobite Rose” – Scotland and “The 45” – For full details see Forecast of Events – bookings now being taken

2013 – “Spanish Rose II” – Wellington in the Pyrenees 1813 –  A return to Spain to study the later stages of the Peninsular War – September 11-19 (provisional).

2014 – “Flanders Rose” – Mons to Ypres 1914 – On the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I, it is fitting that the Friends should once again return to Flanders to study the early stages of the Great War – September 10-18 (provisional).

2015 – “Waterloo Rose” – Waterloo 1815 – On the bicentennial of the iconic battle, where else could we go but back to the hallowed ground where the future of Europe was changed forever? – May 30 – June 6 (provisional)

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