This Day In History

1809 Escaping after the Battle of Corunna, the ship carrying the Headquarters of the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) is hit by a French shore battery and begins to sink. As the soldiers are transferring to another vessel, Sgt Major Perkins remembers the Regimental Colours and rushes back at the last minute, rescuing them moments before the ship goes down.
1900 2nd Boer War. 1st South Lancashires lead the advance across the Tugela River.
1960 After 33 months of operations against Malayan communist terrorists, 1st Loyals embarks on the troopship Nevasa at Penang, under orders for the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany.
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Regimental Journals

The richest research sources in the Museum’s possession are the more than 1100 copies of the Regimental Journals of our antecedent regiments.

Starting in 1877, when the Adjutant of the old 59th Foot (soon to become the 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment), sitting in his office in Dagshai, India, put together the first edition of what was initially called  “The Sentinel”,  all of our antecedent regiments, with the exception of the two World Wars,  published regular journals throughout most of their existence – a tradition which continues to this day.

For over 100 years they detailed not only the major events in which the battalions found themselves involved, but also the minutiae of regimental life – the sports days, parades, Christmas parties and competitions, the promotions and the postings,  and who took part in what, when. For researchers seeking traces of individual officers and men, there are no finer sources of information.

The post – World War 2 journals cover the mergers of the East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments to eventually form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in March 1970.

This treasure trove of information has now been digitally recorded, and therefore searchable at the press of a button.

The journals have been recorded onto six separate DVD’s,  copies of which are available for purchase from the Museum priced at £15 each, £40 for three or £75 for the full set of six.

To order, please write to the Curator, Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston, PR2 8AA, United Kingdom, specifying the DVD’s you wish to purchase, and enclosing the appropriate payment.

DVD Regiment Period
 1  East Lancashire  1878 – WWI
 2  East Lancashire  WWI – start WWII
 3  South Lancashire  WWI – start WWII
 4  East, South & Lancashire  WWII – 1970
 5  Loyal N Lancashire  1885 – start WWII
 6  Loyal N Lancashire  WWII – 1970