The Museum welcomes research enquiries and requests for information, including family history requests concerning individual soldiers. The fee required for this research is the primary source of funding the Archives and the Archive Research Service. However, before requesting a search, it is very important to note the following:
We only have a limited ability to carry out research on individual officers or soldiers as we do not hold the personal records of those who served. These are the property of the State. Those wishing to research personal records are advised in the first place to contact either the National Archives or the appropriate Armed Forces Personnel Centre. Those looking for an individual who was killed in either the 1st or 2nd World Wars should also check the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), where details of every British and Commonwealth soldier killed in action can be easily accessed.
FOR THE DETAILS OF THESE AND OTHER USEFUL RESEARCH SOURCES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Nevertheless information on many individuals can be provided if they were mentioned in Regimental Journals, battalion war diaries (WWI only) or other regimental documentation now lodged in the Archive. In addition, if the battalion is known, information can be provided on the movements, locations and activities of an individual’s unit at a given time, or even on a specific date. However, these details are not indexed and a search may take some time.
We are really only able to answer questions on soldiers who have served with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, Lancashire Regiment (PWV), East Lancashire, South Lancashire, or Loyal North Lancashire Regiments, and of course the former Regiments of Foot, 30th, 40th, 47th, 59th, 81st and 82nd. Some archives of local militia and volunteer regiments have also survived.
Enquirers may carry out personal research in the Archives, and will be assisted by one of our dedicated but small team of Volunteers (See details below). However most requests are received by post. These are then also researched by a Volunteer. In either case, a research inquiry can take several hours to complete. If the search is for details of an individual soldier, IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT NO INFORMATION WILL BE FOUND. Nevertheless, because of the time which has inevitably been taken, the research fee will still be required. Please bear in mind that the fee does go directly to help fund the Archive.
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We are not always able to answer all questions asked of us. Although we do hold perhaps the most substantial Regimental Archives in the country, we have never received all material relating to our constituent Regiments or to the soldiers who have served in them – but we will do our very best.
We are dependent on our small team of Volunteers to carry out postal request searches. As indicated above, each can take several hours to complete. At times there can be a heavy backload of requests, which are dealt with in strict order of receipt. Please therefore allow at least 12 WEEKS for a request to be completed. Although we would normally hope to complete a request more quickly, there will be occasions when, due to particularly heavy demand, it will take longer.
The Regimental Archive and the Archive Research Service is funded through donations and research fees. Cheques should be made payable to Lancashire Infantry Museum Account. Fees required:
a. Postal Search: (up to 1 hour) £30 + £20 for each subsequent hour or part thereof
b. Assisted Personal Search: for 1 day – £30 to include 1 hour of assistance, + £20 for each subsequent hour of assistance or part thereof
c. Additional Charges: Photocopying – invoiced when search complete.
A5 – 10p per copy
A4 – 10p per copy
A3 – 50p per copy
Please complete the Gift Aid Declaration (CLICK HERE) and return it with your donation.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PERSONAL RESEARCHES ARE VERY STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
The Archive is open for assisted personal researches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, from 1000 to 1600 hours.
The Museum regrets that space limitations and the availability of volunteer assistance limits the number of personal researchers who can be accommodated. Of necessity therefore, personal researches must be very strictly by appointment only.
Please note that the Archive may have to close for lunch between 1230 and 1400 hours, please enquire on arrival.
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