This Day In History

  • 1707 Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell’s flagship, HMS Association, and two other ships wrecked on the Scilly Islands. The disaster is notable because it galvanised the competition to find a way of accurately measuring longitude. Among those lost were an officer and some men of Wills' Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires), serving as Marines.
  • 1879 Captain Euston Sartorius, 59th Regiment, wins the VC by taking an almost-inaccessible and fiercely-defended hilltop during the Battle of Shahjui, Afghanistan
  • 1899 2nd Boer War. Two companies of 1st Loyals, sallying from Kimberley, drive off a Boer commando at Dronfield
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South Lancashire Regiment

The South Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as a result of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army.

With its Regimental Depot at Peninsula Barracks, Warrington, the Regiment initially consisted of two battalions, with the 1st formed from the former 40th Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 82nd (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers).

The Regiment recruited primarily from that area of South Lancashire which is centred on the townships of Warrington and St Helens.

During World War I the Regiment expanded to a total strength of 21 battalions. They served on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, and in Macedonia, Egypt, Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and India. In all, they were awarded a total of 64 Battle Honours. The Regiment suffered a total of 5450 casualties. Four members of the Regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War I, click HERE)

The Regiment was again expanded in World War II, to a total of 9 battalions. They served in North West Europe, Madagascar, India and Burma. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 1st Battalion was in the first wave to land on Sword Beach, Normandy, at the start of the invasion of Europe.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War II, click HERE)

On 1st July 1958 the Regiment amalgamated with the East Lancashire Regiment to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers), which in 1970, in turn amalgamated with The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.