This Day In History

  • 1707 Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell’s flagship, HMS Association, and two other ships wrecked on the Scilly Islands. The disaster is notable because it galvanised the competition to find a way of accurately measuring longitude. Among those lost were an officer and some men of Wills' Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires), serving as Marines.
  • 1879 Captain Euston Sartorius, 59th Regiment, wins the VC by taking an almost-inaccessible and fiercely-defended hilltop during the Battle of Shahjui, Afghanistan
  • 1899 2nd Boer War. Two companies of 1st Loyals, sallying from Kimberley, drive off a Boer commando at Dronfield
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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