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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Territorial Army North West Photo Collection

 

 

 

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2000px-lancashire_rose-svg1In the 1970’s and 80’s a large percentage of the Territorial Army was based in the North West of England. Units of all the combat and supporting arms and corps were represented, and every weekend hundreds, sometimes thousands of reservists spread out across the region on military training.

The Lancashire Infantry Museum holds a unique photo archive of several thousand images, put together at the time and all shot by Major Chris Vere, then the District TA Public Information Officer. Many were published in local newspapers and often in the region’s own TA newspaper “North West Territorial.” It is very possibly the only such record of TA activity in a given area over a specific period ever created.

These historical images have now been digitised and, for the first time, are being made available to buy in a series of discs which will eventually cover all aspects of TA life in the region during the period , at a cost of £12 per DVD including post and packing. All proceeds go to the preservation and maintenance of the Museum

Disc 1 – Infantry

The first disc in the series covers the Infantry and, mainly, features

  • 4th Battalion, Kings Own Royal Border Regiment
  • 5/8th Battalion, Kings Regiment
  • 4th Battalion, Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

Discs 2-6 – Artillery

Chris has donated his unique photo-archive covering 20 years in the life of his own regiment. The archive is so large it requires 5 discs, available separately or as a Box Set at the special price of £50

  • 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (Volunteers).

Disc 7 – Yeomanry

Chris and Stephanie Bruntlett have identified 280 images covering Yeomanry life between 1983 and 1987, with particular emphasis on Her Majesty The Queen’s visit to DLOY at Altcar in 1985. Featuring

  • The Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry
  • C (Earl of Chester’s) Squadron, Queen’s Own Yeomanry

To make a purchase, click on ‘Add to Cart.’ When finished, scroll to bottom of the page to check your shopping cart and complete your purchase details. Disks will be dispatched as soon as possible.

 

TA North West Infantry 1978 - 87 720 Images

TA North West
Infantry
1978 – 87
720 Images

103 (AD) Regt RA (V) 1968 - 71 Disc 1 of 5 474 Images

103 (AD) Regt RA (V)
1968 – 71
Disc 1 of 5
474 Images

103 (AD Regt RA (V) 1972-79 Disc 2 of 5 530 Images

103 (AD Regt RA (V)
1972-79
Disc 2 of 5
530 Images

103 (AD) Regt RA(V) 1979-80 Disc 3 of 5 373 images

103 (AD) Regt RA(V)
1979-80
Disc 3 of 5
373 images

 
 
  
  

103 (AD) Regt RA (V) 1981-83 Disc 4 of 5 355 images

103 (AD) Regt RA (V)
1981-83
Disc 4 of 5
355 images

103 (AD) Regt RA(V) 1984-87 (some later) Disc 5of5 362 Images

103 (AD) Regt RA(V)
1984-87 (some later)
Disc 5of5
362 Images

103 (AD) Regt RA(V) SPECIAL OFFER BOX SET All 5 disks for £50

103 (AD) Regt RA(V)
SPECIAL OFFER
BOX SET
All 5 disks for £50

TA North West Yeomanry 1983-87 280 Images

TA North West
Yeomanry
1983-87
312 Images