This Day In History

  • 1799 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) disembarks at Gravesend on return from Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic). The strength was just 24 "sergeants and drummers." When it sailed outbound from Gibraltar just 3 years and 7 months earlier it had 844 officers and men. The Regiment's total loss in Santo Domingo was 22 officers (the exact number which had embarked at Gibraltar) and 1000 men. Such was the murderous effect of fever and disease in the Caribbean islands, which accounted for far more casualties than the French ever did.
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Museum At The Shires 2017

Every year, hundreds of veterans of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment  get together for their annual Shires Reunion near Blackpool. In 2017 well over 400 veterans and their families attended, with most of them camping for up to four days on-site. Once again, the Museum was there to support them. Serious question: Can there be any other regiment which can inspire this level of support from its veterans on a regular annual basis?

John Downham and a fellow veteran recalling old times.

The Museum’s Stand. 

Everyone gathers for the annual Group Photograph

 

Shaun Taylor and Jeff ‘Jack’ Horner re-united with their 20-something year-old selves via the front cover of a 1985 Lancashire Lad from our stand

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