This Day In History

  • 1775 In the early hours a small British force, including the Grenadier and Light Companies of the 47th (later 1st Loyals) and 59th (later 2nd East Lancashires), sets out from Boston, Massachusetts for Concord, some 20 miles away, to destroy a colonial munitions depot. At dawn at Lexington they are confronted by the local militia and the first shots of the American Revolution are fired. A further engagement follows at Concord where about 500 Militiamen defeat three British companies and force the British column to begin its return march to Boston. Reinforced at Lexington by a relief force including the rest of the 47th, the march is carried out under sustained fire from concealed insurgents, and the American War of Independence has begun.
  • 1854 47th Regiment (later the 1st Loyals) disembark at Scutari, opposite Constantinople, to join the 2nd Division, part of the British Army concentrating in preparation for the Crimean War. They are quartered in the huge Turkish barracks there, later to become famous as the British base hospital where Florence Nightingale effected her nursing reforms.
  • 1880 2nd Afghan War. Battle of Ahmed Kel. 59th Regiment (soon to 2nd East Lancashires) is hard-pressed on the right of the British line.  The Regiment forms square around its colours. It is the last occasion on which colours are carried by a British regiment on a victorious field. Afterwards 1,000 dead lie in front of the British line, with 600 around the 59th's position. The shell-torn colours are now displayed in the Sergeant's Mess of the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
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Histories of The East Lancashire Regiment

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By Lieutenant Colonel Neil Bannatyne

First published in 1923.  A century and a half of successful service in every quarter of the globe presents a glorious history in itself, and the high character gained in Egypt, in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, has been maintained on the bloody fields of Alma and Inkerman. This is the history of the 30th regiment, from its early beginnings in 1689 all the way to its amalgamation in 1881 with the 59th foot to form the East Lancashire Regiment. The Old Three Tens travelled widely and saw action on many bloody fields, particularly during three significant European wars: the War of Spanish Succession, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the Crimean War.

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By Major General Sir Lothian Nicholson KCB CMG

This History, first published in 1936 and compiled by the then Colonel of the Regiment, draws its strength and authenticity from the unvarnished first-hand accounts of the men who were themselves involved.

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First published in 1953.

“Every battle recorded in this History is described by one who took part in it; what the narrative thereby loses in continuity of style and treatment it gains in truth and vividness” – Brigadier J W Pendlebury DSO MC, Colonel of the Regiment 1953

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By H.L Kirby and R.R. Walsh

The story of  ‘Joe’ Bent of the East Lancashire Regiment, who won the VC as a young drummer, went on to become RSM, and remained a popular  and familiar legend in his Regiment throughout his long life.

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By Henry L. Kirby

‘Jock’ Young rescued his Sergeant from No-Man’s Land, then walked half a mile to the dressing station with a shattered jaw and a bullet in his chest. Tragically, he was to die under anaesthetic while they tried to fix his face, thus becoming the only VC winner to die and be buried in Britain during the WWI. This is his story.

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