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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FUTURE OF THE LANCASHIRE INFANTRY MUSEUM – STATEMENT BY THE TRUSTEES

On 7 November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced the closure and disposal of Fulwood Barracks by 2022.

This does NOT mean that Lancashire Infantry Museum, which with its predecessors has been located in the Barracks for the past 90 years, will also close. The Museum Trustees fully intend that the Museum will continue in existence.

We are an independent charitable organisation occupying premises within the Barracks on a lease from the Ministry of Defence. We very much hope that we may continue to be located at the Fulwood Barracks site in whatever future form that may take. However, if this proves not to be possible, then the Ministry of Defence is legally committed to re-locating us in suitable and appropriate accommodation elsewhere, and we have received ministerial confirmation that this obligation will be honoured.

Please be assured that, whatever the future of Fulwood Barracks:

• The Museum is not threatened with closure either now or in the foreseeable future.
• The Trustees will continue to hold and display donated material to at least the present standards of access and security.
• We continue to welcome new donations and financial support .

We are touched and grateful for the great wave of support which the Museum has received since the announcement was made. We are most appreciative, and hope for to your continuing support during the difficult years which lie ahead.

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