This Day In History

  • 1812 Peninsular War. 30th and 40th Regiments (later 1st East Lancashires and 1st South Lancashires respectively) fully engaged in Wellington's brilliant victory at Salamanca. Imperial Eagle of the 22eme Regiment de Ligne captured by Ensign John Pratt of the 30th's Light Company. The Eagle is now the Museum's most prized exhibit.
  • 1918 2nd Loyals, newly arrived from the Middle East, committed to battle on the Aisne. Over the next 10 days they advance against fierce opposition near Soissons, suffering 443 casualties
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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