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 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 

Price: £7

 

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battlefields in 1965, has drawn on the extensive archives of The Lancashire Infantry Museum, including many previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs, to create a vivid picture of soldiering in South Africa.

Price: £17.50

   
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.

Price: £7