This Day In History

  • 1900 Having volunteered for foreign service, 3rd (Militia) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, embarks for South Africa and the Boer War. Strength 26 officers and 674 other ranks.
  • 1942 After the surrender in Singapore, 2nd Loyals are ordered to lay down their arms and remain in their final positions in Marlborough Camp. This is fortunate, as it was a pre-war RAOC barracks and they are able to collect food, clothing and medical supplies.
  • 1944 Anzio. Germans launch a massive counter-attack, aimed at splitting the beach-head in two and driving the Allies into the sea. 1st Loyals, manning part of the Corps reserve line in an area near a railway fly-over, stand to.
  • 1947 1st Loyals embarks on the troopship Empire Winchester at Haifa, Palestine, under orders for the former Italian colony of Eritrea, Africa.
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Histories of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment – DRAFT

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By Colonel H. C. Wylly CB

First published in 1932, this history of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and its antecedents, the 47th and 81st Regiments of Foot has always been one of the most highly-regarded British regimental histories.

Price: £15 incl. UK p&p

 
  By Colonel H.C. Wylly CB

In this facsimile edition the original text, drawn from the accounts of men who were actors in the actions and events described, has been left unaltered. Some original appendices not connected with the War have been deleted and the following have been added:

  • Additional photographs 
  • A list of honours and awards
  • Exclusively, a summary by battalion of all officers and men of the Regiment who made the supreme sacrifice during WWI.

Price: £15 incl. UK p&p

 
 

By Captain C.G.T. Dean MBE 
with additional material by
Colonel J.A.C. Bird OBE DL
Major A.J. Maher MBE

This is the third volume of the Loyals Regimental history, which, exclusively in this edition, takes the story of the Loyals through World War II and up to 1970, when the Regiment became part of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

In this facsimile edition the original narrative, covering the period from 1919 to 1953 and compiled with the help of the men who were there, is reprinted without change.  It also contains:

  • Six chapters of additional narrative covering the Post WWII period
  • Additional photographs
  • A list of honours and awards
  • Exclusively, a complete listing of all officers and men of the Regiment who made the supreme sacrifice during WWII .

Price: £15 incl. UK p&p

 
By Stephen Bull

The 2nd Battalion of the Loyals, ordered to surrender at Singapore, were among the many thousands of Allied prisoners who fell into the hands of the Japanese.

The story of the PoW is one of resilience and creativity in adversity. Among the many Lancashire men captured were a surprising number of gifted artists, who set out to prove that ‘walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.’

Using many examples of their work, Dr Stephen Bull shows how they created a permanent record of daily life in the camps, revealing just how resourceful and indomitable the human spirit can be.

Price: £3.95 incl. UK p&p