This Day In History

  • 1916 Temporary Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson, 7th Loyals, earns posthumous VC at La Boiselle, France, during the Battle of the Somme. During an attack he uses an abandoned machine gun to hold up the enemy until relieved. Shortly afterwards he is killed while attempting to bring in a wounded man.
  • 1921 As the violence increases in Ireland, 1st Loyals land at Dublin as additional troops are sent from Great Britain.
  • 1922 1st Loyals take over as the Chanak Garrison - modern day Canakkale, on the Dardanelles opposite Gallipoli. The town is the centre of a 150 x 50-mile Allied International Neutral Zone established as the war between Turkey and Greece rages around it.
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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