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  • 1807 82nd Foot (later 2nd South Lancashires) lands at Warbeck, north of Copenhagen, as part of a British force sent to force the Danes not to allow their fleet to be used by Napoleon
  • 1944 148 Regt RAC (formerly 9th Loyals ) ordered to disband, due to a severe shortage of manpower in the British Army in France. Its men and its Sherman tanks are redeployed to other units.
  • 1944 1st Loyals occupy Florence, Italy
  • 1945 V-J - Victory Over Japan - Day. Japan surrenders, finally bringing World War II to an end. It was the most destructive war in human history, with between 50 and 70 million people dead.
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The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921.

The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day.

The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan.

During World War I the Regiment expanded to a total strength of 21 battalions. They served on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, and in Macedonia, Palestine, East Africa, and Mesopotamia. They were awarded a total of 80 Battle Honours. The Regiment suffered a total of 7590 casualties. Three members of the Regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War I, click HERE)

The Regiment was again expanded in World War II, to a total of 10 battalions. They served in North West Europe, Malaya, North Africa and Italy. One member of the Regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War II, click HERE)

On 25th March 1970 the Regiment amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers), to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.