This Day In History

  • 1918 With drums beating and colours flying, 1st Loyal North Lancashires cross the German frontier to join the British Army of Occupation in Germany, based around Cologne.
  • 1945 Colours of the 2nd Loyals, recently recovered from Singapore, where they had lain undiscovered in bank vaults since the surrender of the city and the capture of the battalion in 1942, are ceremonially paraded through Preston. Salute is taken by the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier J P D Underwood DSO, who as a young officer had been present when this set of colours was presented in Mauritius in 1909.
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The 1914 Christmas Truces

The unofficial truces which broke out all along the Western Front at Christmas 1914, the first Christmas of the war, have grown in myth and legend in the 100 years since, no doubt because people desperately seek any signs of grace and compassion in that most terrible of wars.

It has been estimated that over 100,000 men from both sides took part in the spontaneous events. Three of our antecedent battalions were on the Western Front at the time –  the 1st and 2nd East Lancashires, and the 1st Loyal North Lancashires – with the 1st East Lancashires being most directly involved.

On the 100th anniversary, our good friends at the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper told their story. Please click on the pictures below to get the full articles, reproduced here by kind permission of the Editor.

 

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