This Day In History

  • 1918 With drums beating and colours flying, 1st Loyal North Lancashires cross the German frontier to join the British Army of Occupation in Germany, based around Cologne.
  • 1945 Colours of the 2nd Loyals, recently recovered from Singapore, where they had lain undiscovered in bank vaults since the surrender of the city and the capture of the battalion in 1942, are ceremonially paraded through Preston. Salute is taken by the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier J P D Underwood DSO, who as a young officer had been present when this set of colours was presented in Mauritius in 1909.
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(117) Alexander Wilson
Wed, 8 November 2017 11:55:09 +0000

Hi Colin Just found your text great to hear from you, my number is 01270628267

(116) Colin wainwright
Mon, 30 October 2017 22:49:43 +0000

Hi Alexander Wilson colin wainwright here my phone number is 01928898084 give me a ring if u get this

(115) David C
Sat, 1 July 2017 20:37:58 +0000

I am interested in Peter McKinnes, who enrolled to serve as a volunteer in the 2nd Lancashire Regiment of Militia on 10th March 1857. His service number was 3411.

TIA David
If you wish us to to research this individual, please read the information under the Research tab elsewhere on this site. Please note that all fees received for research go towards the survival and preservation of our Museum.

(114) Paul Seville
Thu, 1 June 2017 12:53:43 +0000

Could Eric Percival please contact me regarding the picture you have from the Sgts Mess in India 1942.
Thanking You
Paul Seville

(113) Paul Seville
Sat, 20 May 2017 14:55:45 +0000

im helping a friend research his relative William Lally and the Sgts Mess at Jubbulpore was somewhere he was,, I notice Eric Percival has a photo from there,, is it possible you could let me have a copy ?
Kind Regards
Paul Seville
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(112) Barry Lister
Mon, 20 February 2017 12:56:44 +0000

My dad was in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in WWII. He was captured at Anzio and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Germany. He was marched through Italy to Germany and he suffered from a problem with his feet right through his life as a result.

He died in August 2010 at the age of 89.

(111) Christine Elmore
Tue, 14 February 2017 20:26:03 +0000

I am wondering if you have any information on where I could search for the members of the 47th Regiment of Foot. I am specifically looking for which regiment had people from the Pemberton/Wigan areas. Thank you so much for your time. I wish I could just hop across the pond and visit your museum!
The 47th Foot would certainly have recruited in the Pemberton/Wigan areas, but so would many other regiments and Corps. We could research our 47th archives if you wish, but there is no guarantee that this information is available. If you wish us to do so, please read the information under the Research tab elsewhere on this site. Please note that all fees received for research go towards the survival and preservation of our Museum.

(110) John T Walker
Fri, 6 January 2017 20:13:40 +0000

Sad news ref your young L/Cpl S Hetherington.

We here at The Final Turn in Oxford will see him pass by at apx 1530 hrs.

John on behalf of us all here. ( I am Former 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon of the three organizers from day one. ).

Their Courage and Sacrifice Will not be Forgotten.

(109) Betty McDonald
Fri, 6 January 2017 01:58:12 +0000

Found the history of the 47th Foot very interesting as my great Grandfather, Michael McMahon joined in 1852 at the age of 17 and served 21 years. It was while he was in Montreal that he met and married Mary Ann Potts. In 1882 he died in Dublin leaving Mary Ann with 4 children, my grandmother Catherine was born that same year and remained there with two of the youngest children until they were reunited in Montreal seven years later.

(108) R. Geleick
Sat, 17 December 2016 16:05:06 +0000

I have today found two historic connections from my family to Fulwood Barracks.

The first was that a distant relative, the 6th Earl of Winton was captured there during the 1715 Battle of Preston, he went to live in Italy after escaping from the Tower of London.

My father ended his WWII service in Italy and was housed in Fulwood Barracks hospital in 1945 for almost a month before going home to Manchester.

A small world.