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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Museum Gains National Quality Award


For the third year in succession, the Lancashire Infantry Museum has gained a prestigious national qualification as a top-class visitor attraction.

The Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VQAS) has again accredited the Museum as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

The Lancashire Infantry Museum is located in Preston’s historic Fulwood Barracks and represents the former county infantry regiments of central Lancashire.

The VQAS ensures that visitors and tourists enjoy only the highest standards of interest and presentation at participating venues. The Lancashire Infantry Museum has now received quality endorsement every year since joining the scheme.

“The Museum offers the visitor an overall very good quality experience which fully merits the award of accreditation as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction,” commented the VAQAS inspector, whose report is only compiled following an unannounced visit.

A number of the displays were particularly commended, especially the Afghanistan display which illustrates the recent experiences there of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The Museum’s specially-themed children’s material was especially effective, with plenty of ‘hands on’ opportunities and ‘dress – up’ situations which were “most impressive!”

The Museum website was highlighted as being ‘confident and very useful’ which would become more and more important.

Singled out for particular praise was the Museum’s ‘very special’ use of the Facebook social media site to provide a near-daily digest of significant historical events for the current date. This unique facility was “admirable” and “quite brilliant,” said the inspector in his report.

“We are delighted that our efforts to make this the best military museum in the North West have again been recognised,” said Jane Davies, Curator of the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

“Gaining this award is not easy. The assessment process is rigorous and examines every aspect of the visitor experience. So we are extremely proud that our mainly-volunteer but very dedicated staff has helped to keep us in the top flight of visitor attractions.

“We know from our ever – increasing numbers of visitors that the regiments which we represent – especially the old East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments which fought the two World Wars – mean much to many people.

“As the centenary of World War I approaches, we are planning new developments which will allow us to illustrate the history of Lancashire’s Lads down the centuries even more effectively than we do now.

“Their memory deserves nothing less.”

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