This Day In History

  • 1707 War of the Spanish Succession. After two months of siege, to avoid further pointless bloodshed,  the garrison of the fortress of Lerida (now Lleida) in Spain beats the chamade as the French are about to make their final assault. 600 emaciated survivors of the original garrison of 1800, who had been reduced to living on oatmeal, rice and water, march out under arms and with the full honours of war. They are followed by a similar number of sick and wounded in carts supplied by the victors. Amongst them are several much-reduced companies of Wills' Marines (later 30th Foot, and then 1st East Lancashires), led by the by-then Major General Wills. All are complimented by the enemy commander, the Duc d'Orleans, on their gallant defence
  • 1857 Indian Mutiny. Relief of Lucknow. 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) engage in desperate fighting in the advance to the Martiniere College. The silver-chased "Rajah's Bed Post" staff which is now one of the Museum's most treasured exhibits was captured on this day.
  • 1945 Battleship HMS Nelson reaches Portsmouth carrying 2nd Loyals colours, colour belts and some mess plate. They had been found 2 months earlier in bank vaults in Singapore, where they had remained undiscovered by the Japanese since the capitulation in 1942. They are carried to Preston, where one month later they are ceremonially paraded through the town
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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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