This Day In History

  • 1900 Having volunteered for foreign service, 3rd (Militia) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, embarks for South Africa and the Boer War. Strength 26 officers and 674 other ranks.
  • 1942 After the surrender in Singapore, 2nd Loyals are ordered to lay down their arms and remain in their final positions in Marlborough Camp. This is fortunate, as it was a pre-war RAOC barracks and they are able to collect food, clothing and medical supplies.
  • 1944 Anzio. Germans launch a massive counter-attack, aimed at splitting the beach-head in two and driving the Allies into the sea. 1st Loyals, manning part of the Corps reserve line in an area near a railway fly-over, stand to.
  • 1947 1st Loyals embarks on the troopship Empire Winchester at Haifa, Palestine, under orders for the former Italian colony of Eritrea, Africa.
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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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