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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(78) Sandie Hobley
Tue, 12 August 2014 00:33:21 +0000

Thank you for your accounts of the various ways in which the South Lancs were deployed - my grandfather fought with them (latecomer who joined after his brother died on Hill 60 in April 1915). My late mother said he had a whiff of mustard gas and was taken prisoner soon after arriving at the Front; not sure we can say exactly when or where. He may have only been a New Army man and not from Lancs at all but he was our hero nevertheless!

(77) Alexander Prowse
Tue, 5 August 2014 09:35:51 +0000

Relative of Alexander Prowse Uncle
3769046, 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn., The Parachute Regiment,

(76) Noel Stone
Mon, 14 July 2014 17:42:34 +0000

My late father was Private 3386274 Frank Stone of The East Lancashire Regiment. I know that he enlisted in Preston in 1936 and stationed at Palace Barracks, Northern Ireland, he was born in Belfast on 1st February 1915, he was taken P.O.W, at Dunkirk and spent most of the war in a POW camp, he was demobbed in 1945. I have claimed his 2 x war medals and together with an army photo of him I have had them mounted and framed. I also have his pay book and some discharge papers, I would be interested in finding out anything else about his army career and I would consider donating them to your museum if you would be interested in displaying them.

(75) wilde
Thu, 19 June 2014 18:24:34 +0000

SQMS H. Wilde my father served with the (East Lancs./144 RAC) from 1931 until 1945. I recently donated his army paybook to the Bovington Tanl Museum Dorset. I have photos taken before the war! I see his group photographed during the invasion included in Blue Flash by General Sir Alan Jolly

(74) Jean Ferguson
Mon, 9 June 2014 15:37:25 +0000

I hope to visit the museum soon to research my Fathers time in the 13th Para's. He was Sgt Eddie Walsh from Stockport and he survived D-Day and the subsequent fighting in Ranville, before being wounded and returned home on 10/6/45. He joined the regiment again on Christmas Eve 1945 during the liberation.
I wonder if there is a record of any other local families researching their ancestors service record, I particularly remember my Father visiting a colleague Danny Holland.

(73) Glenn Livesey
Wed, 21 May 2014 13:03:14 +0000

My grandfather Herbert Marsden served with 4th East Lancs in WW1. Unfortunately we are unable to obtain his records due to bombings in WW2. He joined at beginning of war aged 33, and was a private in May 1915, then a Sargeant in 1917 (daughters birth certificates). We have a photo of him with 5 other Sergeants date unknown. He has a ribbon on uniform. Would love to know where he served.

Great website.

(72) Sue Griffith
Wed, 16 April 2014 03:07:32 +0000

Message for Jean French re. her grandfather, James Greer (her message of 29 Jan 2014). If I have the correct James Owen Greer, we are 3rd cousins -- and your great grandmother (Margaret Hughes) was the sister of my great-grandmother (Elizabeth Hughes). My uncle knows of the guest house Jimmy and Millie Greer ran in Victoria Drive, West Kirby. Would love you to get in touch so we can share information (

(71) Frank Hudson
Sat, 29 March 2014 16:39:32 +0000

Is there any plans to transfer your archives to an electronic searchable data base.
I am x RN but now a pensioner and house bound but my paternal grand father served in the Loyals in the 1st.ww and an uncle in the 2nd.ww my dad how ever served in the East Lancs. in the 2nd.ww in India & Burma
If you ever want volunteer's to transcribe records into digital form I can willingly help
( what ever happened to "never volunteer for anything ??? ) please give me a shout
( not a Sargent major thank you ) your site is very good I enjoyed reading
Frank Hudson

(70) pat o connor
Sun, 16 February 2014 23:34:13 +0000

My relation Martin Connor 10458 South Lancashire Regiment 6th Bn.
I recall my grandmother having a beautiful scroll with the Regimental crest on outlining his place and date of death.
Is it possible to get a copy of it?
Are there any photograps from WW1?



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.

(69) Steven Kirby
Wed, 5 February 2014 17:23:46 +0000

Thank you for the great efforts you have put in, to keep the memories alive of the various Lancashire Regiments & Battalions.
My Great Grandfather Robert Bainbridge served with the South Lancs in various stages before & during WW1, and even trying to sign up for WW2 in his early 70's, and not being too pleased at being turned down the chance of serving his country again.
I will contact you further about records & photos that I'm willing to share to keep the memories alive.