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 Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

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Compiled by Major B.S. Mackenzie QLR

A short history of the four Regiments and their antecedents which made up The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment 

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By  Lieutenant Colonel John Downham MBE DL

Red Roses on the Veldt tells the remarkable story of three regiments of Lancashire infantry in the Boer War  1899-1902. The East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments consistently took every objective they attacked and proved themselves a match for the Boers in marksmanship and mobile warfare. John Downham, who as a young officer first visited the Boer War battlefields in 1965, has drawn on the extensive archives of The Lancashire Infantry Museum, including many previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs, to create a vivid picture of soldiering in South Africa.

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Edited by David Casserly

A tribute to 80 men of Preston, Lancashire, who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.

A marble tablet on the wall of the former St Mary’s Church, now part of the Museum of Lancashire complex in Preston, listed 80 men who died in World War I about whom absolutely nothing was known – not even ranks, regiments, or dates of death.  As part of the “Preston Remembers” project to mark the centenary of the Great War, a team of 17 local volunteers was recruited and trained to uncover their stories. Against expectations, every man was eventually traced. In telling their stories, this book follows the full course of the war from 1914 to the Armistice, including all the major battles. It also illustrates how ordinary men from small and ordinary communities in ordinary towns across the country played their part, at cost of their lives, on the world stage.

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