This Day In History

  • 1691 Castleton’s Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires) embarks at Portsmouth for active service in Flanders as part of the largest English Army sent abroad since the days of Henry the Eighth.
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(18) Martin Jones
Fri, 4 May 2012 13:04:40 +0000

Hello, can anyone help me trace my grandfather's Service record, he was severely wounded during WW1 but survived minus the use of am arm. Info I have is : William Ivor Jones b.11 May 1899, Bedwelty, S. Wales, believed to have enlisted in Newport into South Wales Borderers, his induction card shows Corps : L.N. Lan R. registration# 41151, Rank: P W? Medal Section: H-2-10-big? page :2852 and roll call :H-2872-2. He sadly passed away in 1963, all we know is he served and was wounded in France/Flanders and told family he served with the "Loyal Regiment". he was awarded the Victory British Star and served in the Home Guard during WW2. Any help greatly appreciated. with respect, Martin Jones (grandson).

From the information you hold, it would appear that your grandfather served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, full details of which can be found elsewhere on this site. It is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that we may be able to find further information about him in our archives. If you wish us to carry out this research, please read the information under the Research tab elsewhere on this site. complete the application form and return by post with the appropriate fee.

(17) Mrs. S. Barry
Sun, 29 April 2012 18:36:22 +0000

The house we live in was requisitioned by the army during WW2. It has been suggested (by our local history group) it was used by the Lancashire Regiment. Do you have any records of the regiment using any properties on The Webb Estate, Purley, Croydon, London.
Kind Regards

The problem is, there was no single Lancashire Regiment during World War II. Many Regiments had Lancashire in their title, and literally tens of battalions of those regiments, each also with Lancashire in their name.

We represent the East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments. Our records are not complete. Often local history groups such as the one you mention have more information than we do. However, if you are able to identify the regiment as one of ours, we will happily have a look for you

(16) Richard Clegg
Thu, 26 April 2012 12:05:52 +0000

I am the grandson of Edward Terrence Burke and the grand nephew of John and Robert Henry Burke, all of whom were stationed at Fulwood Barracks between approx. 1890 and 1930.
Any information would be welcome.

A full history of Fulwood Barracks is available elsewhere on this website. The Barracks was home to a number of different units, including but not exclusively the Regimental Depots of our antecedent regiments the East Lancashire, South Lancashire and Loyal Lancashire Regiments.If your relatives served in either of these it is possible, but not guaranteed,that we may be able to trace information about them. If you wish us to carry out this research, please read the information under the Research tab elsewhere on this site. complete the application form and return by post with the appropriate fee.

(15) SPI Blackpool
Thu, 22 March 2012 11:30:59 +0000

We are new paranormal investigation group from Blackpool. We are looking for places to investigate any ghostly entities. Our group makes donations from every investigation for charity organisation called Donna's Dream House.
Is there any way i could contact someone about that case. please contact me on my personal account or this

Please contact the Curator, for details please see under the Contact tab elsewhere on the web-site

(14) james derham-reid
Thu, 8 March 2012 19:04:29 +0000

Do you have a n/letter or journal? my uncle Maj. Donald Derham-Reid died last week at 92. He served Manchesters 2nd Bn with the BEF 1938-40 then 1st Bn Singapore! (3 yrs on the 'railroad') Post war he moved around to avoid being 'bowler-hatted' and served Germany, Sudan, Kenya (Mau Mau time) and West Africa. He was in last years of service with the East Lancs but we don't know when or where.

Thank you for your comments. Our Friends organisation publishes an occasional newsletter for members, "The Lancashire Lad." For details please see the Friends page.

(13) George D'Arcy
Mon, 5 March 2012 20:36:29 +0000

It was very interesting to read the history of the 2nd Bn South Lancashire Regiment (PWV) in the Burma campaign which my father fought in.
He enlisted as a regular soldier at 16 years of age in 1936 and served for 10 years. We are all very proud of what he and his comrades achieved.

(12) Keith David Churchward
Wed, 22 February 2012 19:21:32 +0000

Spent a very interesting morning visiting your Museum and unexpectedly found reference to my own family name (itself very unusual) amonst the Officer's listed for the South African Campaign - prompting further research!

(11) Wendy Foster Leigh
Sat, 18 February 2012 03:09:33 +0000

I spent a wonderful afternoon with the curator of the museum when we contributed the war journal of Mr. John Foster. I would like to get in touch with the curator before the Guild and arrange to meet her again. Would you share this request with her? I want to find out about the records of my father, Harry Douglas Foster, during WWI. Thank you for any help that you can give me. Wendy Foster Leigh

Thank you for your kind comments. Your request will be passed on to our curator, Jane, who I know will be delighted to see you

(10) 25044938 lcpl harris
Mon, 13 February 2012 15:45:33 +0000

thanks for an interesting and thought provoking website,really enjoyed looking back at my old regiment,all the best.
25044938 lcpl harris 1st bn queens lancashire regiment 1995-2001

(9) Webmaster
Thu, 26 January 2012 15:19:40 +0000

Dear Ged

That would be most kind. We always welcome additional material on any of our antecedent regiments. Please forward to

Many thanks again