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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(68) Rebecca Eversley
Mon, 3 February 2014 00:01:31 +0000

Hi all, i have narrowed down the regiment of which i have many pictures and its the 2nd battalion loyal regiment in shanghai. If anyone would like to see them i am happy to share. Many men named.
Thanks for getting in touch again. The Museum would welcome copies of any photographs, especially if they have captions. We will be in touch separately.

Wed, 29 January 2014 18:32:32 +0000

My Grandfather JAMES GREER (1889-1965) was Private 9048
in 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancs Regiment. He is first recorded in 1909, when he qualified as a 'Mounted Infantryman'. Thus it was, his Medal Card records him in the BEF
1914 and landing in France on 12th August 1914, with the 1st Loyals.
He took part in the very early battles and held the 1914 Mons Star as proof of that.
Heavy losses and subsequent replacements, saw him later as Private 34666 in the Monmouth Regiment and even later, as Private 77364. Manchester Regiment.
He was said to be at 'The Somme' and was gassed and wounded, losing a heel.
As one who "never talked about it" his descendants have had to piece together, what little they know today. The dates of "changing regiments" seem unobtainable ??
He survived WW1 and was later c 1925, at Catterick as a civilian Officers Cook.
In WW2 he was Chef at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and later at West Kirby with a Guest House post war. The MoD supplied his 'special boots' right up till his death in 1965.
ONE QUERY `: Where were the 1st Loyals stationed, at time of 1911 Census ???
I would be grateful for any leads !! Thank you in anticipation.! Jean French.
From 1911 to 1914 the 1st Loyals were stationed at Aldershot.

(66) Norman Williams
Sat, 28 December 2013 13:58:01 +0000

As an ex-serviceman 1 LANCASHIRE REGIMENT(P.W.V.) and 1 QUEENS LANCASHIRE REGIMENT I was trained in Fulwood Barracks in the 60s. Serving in ADEN in 1967 In actual fact it was my honour to carry the Regimental Colours as part of my hand luggage out to Radfan Camp for the Waterloo Day Parade. I did not take part in it as it was days after my arrival. Having lost my Campaign Medals during a marital breakdown I have felt left out on service day Parades. I am now about to obtain copies from Bigbury Mint near to were I now live, ready for 2014 when I hope to visit my Grandfathers brothers grave in Sandgatte, suitable dress and medals as I lay a Poppy Cross. My visit to this site brought back many memories. I hope one day soon I can get there for a personal visit.

(65) dwight donaldson
Thu, 19 December 2013 07:31:17 +0000

Just learning about my grandmother's uncle Robert James price kia somme

Old letters between long lost relatives


(64) barry wilson
Thu, 12 December 2013 21:43:21 +0000

would just like to say as an ex serving member of the Q.L.R that i enjoyed reading about them as i served with them from 1970/1979 cpl wilson 24221558
barry wilson.

(63) John Young
Sun, 10 November 2013 20:19:40 +0000

Many years ago a friend of the family gave my daughter a 'death plaque penny' to play with. After a while it was put away and forgotten about for quite some time. On rediscovering it, I tried to find out what I could about it. With the name of Rennie Shackleton I thought it shouldn't be too difficult.
A search of the CWGC site provided a possible identification. The information given said that he was No 5751 Pte Rennie Shackleton of the 1st Bn East Lancs Regt and was killed in action on 01/07/1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
If this proves to be the case, is this plaque something the museum would be interested in having? It is still in what I believe to be the original packet. Perhaps there might even be family who would want it back?
Thank you for your very kind offer. Private Shackleton was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the worst day in the history of the British Army. We would very much welcome having his Memorial Plaque as part of our collection. We will contact you separately by e-mail..

(62) Terry M Whittaker
Wed, 6 November 2013 21:22:02 +0000

I am trying to find out my father's experiences in WW II. He served, I believe in the East Lancashire Regt, serving in Dunkirk, North Africa, Sicily, before being wounded in Italy, and being honourably discharged some time in 1945.
I found your website very useful and informative

(61) brian roffee
Tue, 22 October 2013 11:23:31 +0000

excellent site...question there any where I can find out a list of soldiers names who served in the 1/4 battalion 1914-1919. I am trying to research one or two soldiers who served throughout that period, my grandfather being one of those.

many thanks

Thank you for your note. It is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that we may be able to provide further information 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.

(60) Wayne Niiddery
Fri, 18 October 2013 01:46:06 +0000

I am transcribing for publication some writings of my grandfather, J. M.Tym, who served with the 2/4, 57th division, landing in France in February, 1917. I found your site while doing some basic research from his notes.

(59) Patrick Mulcahy
Wed, 16 October 2013 05:51:38 +0000

My granduncle James Mulcahy served as a CSM with the Loyals. I never met him but would have liked to.
Patrick Mulcahy