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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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battlefields in 1965, has drawn on the extensive archives of The Lancashire Infantry Museum, including many previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs, to create a vivid picture of soldiering in South Africa.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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