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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(88) R Harriss
Wed, 15 April 2015 08:42:08 +0000

Hi,
I am interested in finding any information that may be available about my Grandfather, Fairburn Alderson.

He joined the Australian Imperial Force, 15 Battalion, on 22 Jan 1915, and subsequently served at Gallipoli.

He was 38 years old when he joined the AIF. That would put his year of birth being 1877

According to his Australian records, Fairburn Alderson served for 3 years in the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment. I would surmise that his service in the 2nd East Lancashire as some time between 1895 and 1900.

If you have any information on him, I would appreciate you sharing it. I have a particular interest, given the Centenary of Gallipoli.

By way of background I served with the Australian Army in Vietnam. I am keen on gathering as much information as I can for my grandchildren.

If there no information, perhaps you could recommend an Authority that would have such archived information.

Many thanks for your assistance in anticipation.

Yours sincerely

Robert Harriss

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.




(87) William Massey
Tue, 20 January 2015 14:48:21 +0000

Your website is one of the finest I've ever seen. It's very professionally done. I particularly enjoyed reading your piece on the Battle of Germantown (October, 1777) and the efforts of Lt. Col. Thomas Musgrave.

Thank you for your hard work. It causes me to be proud of my British heritage.

Sincerely,
Bill Massey
Lewisburg, Tennessee
USA

Comment:
Thank you for your very kind comments, which are much appreciated.

Our website, like our Museum, is created and maintained almost exclusively by volunteers, and we all take much pride in helping to preserve the memory of the great deeds performed by our forebears.

It is particularly satisfying to receive such gracious comments from one who might reasonably be expected on this particular occasion to have greater sympathy for the "other side" !

Thank you again, and please come and visit us if you ever find yourself on this side of "the pond." You will be very welcome



(86) Leslie Warburton
Sun, 11 January 2015 11:48:44 +0000

Just like to say as a ex QLR.your site is very interesting I was stationed at Fulwood on the recruiting team but as a young lad did not take much notice of regimental history its so interesting now thanks for the good work

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(85) Helen Wyatt
Sat, 3 January 2015 10:13:53 +0000

My Grandfather, Samuel Kewley served with the 6th South Lancs during WWI. His official number was 16361. His brother William joined at the same time and was issued the official number 16362. They were two of six Kewley brothers who served their country during WWI.

Samuel was discharged in late 1917 due to sickness and unfortunately, his service record did not survive. However, I am fortunate to be in possession of his diary which I am in the process of transcribing. What would be the chance of the museum holding any information on individual soldiers?

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, complete the application form and return by post with the appropriate fee. Please note that all fees received for research go to the maintenance and development of the collection.


(84) John Burns
Thu, 27 November 2014 20:39:20 +0000

My wife,s great uncle pte Christopher Durie 17853
Was in the 8th Batt. Some where along the line
his name was changed to Drury. He went to live Crich Derbyshire
And his name is on the memorial of St Mary,s church. Could you by chance
Any more information about him.
Yours Truly
John Burns
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, complete the application form and return by post with the appropriate fee. Please note that the Museum receives very limited official funding and all fees received for research go to the maintenance and development of the collection.
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(83) FEMAN
Tue, 18 November 2014 17:51:49 +0000

Hello,
I'm Belgian, I search the progenitor of my mother born in November 1919, the problem is that his name is unknown to me, I know only that he was a British officer and received as a housing officer Madame Arnould to Rebaix (village near Ath in Belgium) in early 1919. Do you think that with this little information, it is possible to find its identity? A big thank you for your reply.
Daniel Feman
Comment:
I'm afraid that with so little information it would be impossible for us to help you, at the very least we would need to know which regiment he served in and even then without a name it would be very unlikely that we could identify an individual officer. You might try the Imperial War Museum in London, but I regret I cannot hold out much hope.


(82) Barbara Hodgson
Tue, 11 November 2014 23:56:12 +0000

My GG uncle, William Knowles number 21565, served in the 1st 5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment but unfortunately died 8th October 1918. His death on the Commonwealth Grave site is given as Flanders, France. He was 32 years old. I am not sure where he would have been for the last battle as his battalion was merged with the 170th 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division on 4th June 1918. I have searched this web site and read a lot of valuable interesting information, for which I am grateful. Have also visited the Museum a few years ago and found that a wonderful and humbling experience and would recommend it to everyone. Will have to visit again to see the new exhibits. Best wishes.

(81) Larry Ritchie
Tue, 11 November 2014 14:33:37 +0000

Remembering Iassc James Ritson service no. 203172 of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 2nd/4th Battalion. 10 Aug. 1917 KIA

(80) Bob and Joyce Smith
Sun, 9 November 2014 19:12:41 +0000

My wife and I arrived at the museum on 6th November just as you were closing. However you kindly remained open for half an hour for us .....maybe as we had come from London!! We spent a very interesting time looking around, particularly at the display regarding the Loyal North Lancs regiment. We had previously done some research concerning our relative Frederick Coupe. You also kindly prepared a CD for us with a lot of information concerning the regiment in battle, including mention of Private Coupe. We found it very interesting and are most grateful for your assistance and evident dedication.

(79) Chris Gregory
Sun, 24 August 2014 09:07:30 +0000

Thank you for a wonderful and informative and most friendly guided tour yesterday -very memorable - Chris
Comment:
Our pleasure Chris. It was good to see you. If you enjoyed your visit, it would help us greatly if you would tell Trip Advisor at http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187062-d3726530-Reviews-Lancashire_Infantry_Museum-Preston_Lancashire_England.html