This Day In History: 1809-01-17

Escaping after the Battle of Corunna, the ship carrying the Headquarters of the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) is hit by a French shore battery and begins to sink. As the soldiers are transferring to another vessel, Sgt Major Perkins remembers the Regimental Colours and rushes back at the last minute, rescuing them moments before the ship goes down.