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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Histories of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

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By Colonel H. C. Wylly CB

First published in 1932, this history of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and its antecedents, the 47th and 81st Regiments of Foot has always been one of the most highly-regarded British regimental histories.

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By Colonel H.C. Wylly CB

In this facsimile edition the original text, drawn from the accounts of men who were actors in the actions and events described, has been left unaltered. 

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By Captain C.G.T. Dean MBE 
with additional material by
Colonel J.A.C. Bird OBE DL
Major A.J. Maher MBEThis is the third volume of the Loyals Regimental history, which, exclusively in this edition, takes the story of the Loyals through World War II and up to 1970, when the Regiment became part of The Queen’s Lancashire RegimentIn this facsimile edition the original narrative, covering the period from 1919 to 1953 and compiled with the help of the men who were there, is reprinted without change.  It also contains:

  • Six chapters of additional narrative covering the Post WWII period
  • Additional photographs
  • A list of honours and awards
  • Exclusively, a complete listing of all officers and men of the Regiment who made the supreme sacrifice during WWII .

By Stephen Bull

The 2nd Battalion of the Loyals, ordered to surrender at Singapore, were among the many thousands of Allied prisoners who fell into the hands of the Japanese.

The story of the PoW is one of resilience and creativity in adversity. Among the many Lancashire men captured were a surprising number of gifted artists, who set out to prove that ‘walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.’

Using many examples of their work, Dr Stephen Bull shows how they created a permanent record of daily life in the camps, revealing just how resourceful and indomitable the human spirit can be.

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