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 Pit Stop For Vintage Cars

Over 60 veteran, vintage and classic motor cars rolled into Fulwood Barracks on Sunday for a lunchtime pit-stop at the Lancashire Infantry Museum. They were taking part in the Lancashire Automobile Club’s 54th annual Manchester to Blackpool car run.

There was more than enough gorgeous machinery on display to make a grown man weak at the knees

Museum Friends members Tim and Barbara Dickson with their 1934-vintage Bentley. The car has been in the family since new

Museum Friends members Tim and Barbara Dickson with their 1934-vintage Bentley. The car has been in the family since new.

Morgan sports car puts its brolly up

Morgan sports car puts its brolly up

 

This delightful little Austin 7 has its own special history. In WWII it was owned by six successive Spitfire pilots, each of whom passed it on to the next. It has never been restored and its 700 cc engine recently passed the 400,000-mile mark

This delightful little Austin 7 has its own special history. In WWII it was owned by six successive Spitfire pilots, each of whom passed it on to the next. It has never been restored and its 700 cc engine recently passed the 400,000-mile mark.

 

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