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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(98) JOHN KEATING
Wed, 20 January 2016 15:59:38 +0000

I enjoyed the recap on the battle understanding it was mostly a British affair. However, I understand that the French had an important part in "pulling " the British thru the fight at Inkerman on 11/5/ 1854 . My great great Grandfather, a Frenchman , fought that day and was also awarded a medal from Queen Victoria for their heroism. In his obituary in the 1900's, it referred to this event...the medal is a family treasure.
Thank you,
John Keating

(97) William Dobson
Sat, 19 December 2015 17:52:16 +0000

While metal detecting in Cameron County Pennsylvania on December 16, I found a partial belt buckle with the words Lancasiire Rife Volunteers. I was told by a Canadian resident that it
might be from a brigade or unit that came from Ontario Canada that came to help the North in the civil war.
Can you prodide any other information on this, such as the unit number as this part of the buckle is missing?.Any other information on the history would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
William L Dobson
Comment:
The Lancashire Rifle Volunteers was a corps of unpaid civilian part-time volunteers who came together in 1859/60 to train to defend their towns and cities, in response to a war scare with France. They were never mobilised and never served outside Lancashire except for training. They certainly never served abroad and we can think of no reason why any item belonging to them should be found in Pennsylvania.You can find a full section devoted to the Lancashire Rifle Volunteers elsewhere on this site



(96) Eric Percival
Sun, 22 November 2015 02:26:35 +0000

Hello
Keep up the good work.
I have been in contact before and following leads to my Grand Fathers military career (George William Garnett Percival).

I have a photo of my Father Eric George Percival outside the Sgts Mess in Jubbulpore ,India December 1942.Photo was taken with lots of other military persons and includes all the names-I don't know if this is of interest to you (you may already have it).

Keep up the good work

Eric Percival
Comment:
Thanks for your kind comments. If you have all the names of the persons on the photograph, then we would very much like to have it. Thank you.



(95) Leslie Connolly
Fri, 20 November 2015 06:16:58 +0000

Hi, I have a pewter tankard presented to my father, Francis Connolly (SPELT CONOLLY), on 18/04/1964 on the Presentation Of The Honorary freedom of the Borough on the 18th day of April 1964. I also have the official Itinerary booklet, printed by Bensons the Printers, Haslingden, Lancs.

Do you have any other information about this Great Occassion?
Comment:
It is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that we may be able to provide the information you require. 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 maintenance and development of the collection.



(94) JOHN GREGORY
Tue, 22 September 2015 14:35:02 +0000

Following on from (93) below: We were able to visit the Museum on Wednesday 9 Sept and want to thank your volunteers David Rogan? and his colleague for explaining the information I had on my late father Harold Gregory. They kindly gave us a copy of the page showing my father's entry into the Regiment in 1939 and I was happy to give copies of the various correspondence I had from the War Office who would not say where he was or what work he was involved in. I was also able to give them a copy of his French ID card which had been issued in Tulle, which is in the Limousin region - considered to be "deep France"!
We have applied to the personnel centre for his army records and hope that they are not all white spaces!!!
Regards to all.


(93) JOHN GREGORY
Wed, 2 September 2015 12:08:25 +0000

Hi, strange request: My late father, Harold Gregory from Wigan, was in the Loyal Reg. during WW2 and served in Tulle, Correze, I believe as a "combattant de l'ombre" (shadow fighter). I hope to come down to Preston from Perthshire next week. In the meantime, can you advise the name of the duck farm at Preston where he went after the war, to be trained as a dispatch rider?? We are trying to complete some of the family history along with my 93 year old mother, who was also stationed at Preston as a cook and member of the ATS. She was from Fife Scotland.
Comment:
It is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that we may be able to provide the information you require. 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 maintenance and development of the collection.



(92) Simon Lamen
Tue, 14 July 2015 11:42:42 +0000

Hello,

Ref: 2867 Sgt John Lamen 2Bn South Lancashire Regiment

I have tried without success to locate a Great War Memorial in the UK upon which my Great Grandfather is recorded, do you have a database that has that information?

Secondly, with the 100th anniversary of the Somme battles next year are there any planned activities in commemoration of the event in France?

Thank you for any assistance that you can provide.
Simon Lamen
(24863088 WO2 REME 1989-2015)

Comment:
It is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that we may be able to provide information about your relative from our archives. 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 maintenance and development of the collection.



(91) Ian Martyn
Wed, 10 June 2015 20:40:25 +0000

Hello All,
I am seeking the assistance of anyone willing to trace the descendants of 6356 Pte Arthur Devlin, 1st Bn E. Lancs, Boer War service - i have his medal i would like to retun to nearest descendant.
'Fidelitas Prae Ipso'
Ian
Maj. Rtd - NZ Army

(90) Sheena young
Sat, 23 May 2015 22:45:29 +0000

Does any one remember the Youngs, my father was in this regiment and we travelled with him, his name was Les, wife Jenny, three children, Sheena,Jacqueline and Gail,love to hear from anyone who knew us

(89) Gus Brennan
Wed, 13 May 2015 00:04:08 +0000

As a former mamber of the 4th Battalion "A" coy, I would like to congratulate you on this fine web site.
Comment:
Thank you for your very kind comments.