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 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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Regret not currently available due to Museum closure because of the Corona Virus

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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Regret not currently available due to Museum closure because of the Corona Virus  

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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