This Day In History

  • 1794 HMS Swiftsure takes the French frigate Atalante after an hour's gun duel off Cork. Her Marines, under Captain Ralph Smythe, are drawn from a company of the 30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires)
  • 1942 British force including 2nd East Lancashires and 2nd South Lancashires capture Vichy French naval base of Diego Garcia, Madagascar.
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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