This Day In History

  • 1814 Five companies, and some families, of the 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires), sailing under sealed orders from Ireland to the war in America, shipwrecked in the entrance to Bantry Bay. After striking rocks in a storm, by great good fortune their ship drifts onto a sandbar close to the shore and only 5 men are lost.
  • 1917 66th Division, a 2nd-line Lancashire TA formation which includes 2/4th and 2/5th East Lancashires, attack the Passchendaele Ridge at dawn after a nightmare eleven hour approach march. They flounder a few hundred yards into the morass of the aptly-named Waterfields at the cost of almost seven hundred casualties, and in appalling conditions hold their gains against repeated counter-attacks.
  • 1918 2/4th South Lancashires capture Cambrai during the final advance to victory.
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The Museum

The Lancashire Infantry Museum houses one of the largest and most important Infantry Regimental collections in the country.

The Collection
The extensive displays, archive and military history library illustrate the fascinating story of the East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments and their antecedents from earliest foundation in 1689 to the achievements of the ‘Lancashire Lads’ of the 21st Century.

In all no less than 120 separate units are recorded, including the 59 battalions formed by the antecedent regiments during the First World War, and all associated Militia, Rifle Volunteers, Territorials, Home Guard and Cadet units.

Affiliated Museums
The Regimental Collection also has permanent displays in affiliated museums throughout the County Palatine of Lancashire, including:

Museum of Lancashire, Preston
Blackburn Museum
Towneley Hall, Burnley
Warrington Museum