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 South Lancashire Regiment

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By Colonel B.R. Mullaly

First published  1952, this edition 1958. From the formation of Phillipp’s Regiment in 1717, and world travels as the 40th and 82nd Regiments, through to final amalgamation in 1958 with the East Lancashire Regiment to form the Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers), the South Lancashire Regiment has an incredible history. Whether against the French at Quebec or in the Peninsular Wars, the Americans at Chew House or Eutaw Springs,  or storming the Normandy beaches on D-day, the South Lancashire Regiment has fought with bravery, courage and professionalism, living up to their motto ‘Ich Dien – I Serve’. 

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By Captain H. Whalley-Kelly

First published in 1935, this highly-regarded Regimental history deals with many episodes famous in military annals

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Edited by David Risley

The War Diary of the 11th (Service) Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment, which demonstrates the extraordinary service of what was in many ways a typical Pioneer battalion

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Edited by David Risley 

Alan Treweeke Champion was one of three brothers who followed ‘Uncle Fred’ to St. Helens and joined the 11th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, the St. Helens Pals. From being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in October 1914, through commanding ‘A’ Company during the Battle of the Somme, until his demobilisation as a Lieutenant-Colonel in command of a West Yorkshire Regiment battalion in June 1919, he kept a daily diary. This is his story.

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