This Day In History

  • 1814 82nd Foot (later 2nd South Lancashires) suffer 31 casualties at the Battle of Orthez, their final fight as the French retreat into France in the last stages of the Peninsular War
  • 1863 88th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps (LRVC) forms at Haslingden.
  • 1900 Battle of Pieters Hill. With his battle-cry "Remember men, the eyes of Lancashire are watching you today," Lt Col MacCarthy O'Leary leads the 1st South Lancashires into the main assault. The Colonel dies with 5 of his men, but at last the road to besieged Ladysmith is finally open.
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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!
Comment:
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 Guards....one 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.

(107) Catherine
Tue, 15 November 2016 19:20:50 +0000

I am currently researching my great uncle Thomas Duffy who was a private in the 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment during WW2. Sadly 'Tommy', who was my grandmothers twin brother, died on 21st July 1944 and is buried in the Ranville Cemetery. Aged just 22.
I am going through the process of applying for his war records, but i was wondering if anyone knows any information or stories about him?

Comment:
We may be able to assist you with information about your ancestor. If you wish us to carry out this research, 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.



(106) Alexander Wilson
Fri, 11 November 2016 18:33:34 +0000

Hi Colin i was in the 1st bn Lancashire (PWV) with you even in Plymouth. get in touch would like to meet you






(105) Alexander Wilson
Tue, 8 November 2016 22:23:41 +0000

Hi Colin Alex Wilson here. I was in Hong Kong Germany i also met you in palacefields Runcorn about 25 or 30 yrs ago in a pub while i was visiting a friend. I live in Nantwich. Hope you get this

(104) Tony Foster
Sun, 6 November 2016 15:08:01 +0000

I would like to contact Pat Connor who posted a message regarding Martin Connor on 16 Feb 2014.

I am researching the WW1 dead of Darwen and I have information on Martin which I am happy to pass on to Pat. Please pass on my contact details.

Tony Foster

(103) Kel Davey
Tue, 16 August 2016 09:26:40 +0000

My GGGgrandfather Robert Davey, born 1781 at Kirby, Essex, joined the 47th Regiment of Foot, 2nd Battalion in Colchester, Essex in 1803 and discharging in 1811 after serving in Ireland. I am seeking more information about him for my family tree but cannot find any history of the 2nd Battalion's exploits during that time. He was supposed to have been a Sergeant when he discharged in Chelmsford Essex from hospital.

Comment:
We may be able to assist you with information about your ancestor. If you wish us to carry out this research, please read the information under the Research tab elsewhere on this site. Please note that all fees received for research go to the preservation of our Museum.
Alternatively, you may purchase a history of the 47th Foot, available via Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Loyal-North-Lancashire-Regiment-1741-1914/dp/1530575249/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1471339400&sr=8-16&keywords=Loyal+Regiment



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