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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(48) Russell McEwan Davies
Tue, 4 June 2013 15:55:34 +0000

I haven't been to the museum but I've just heard on Radio Lancashire that it has won an award and I will visit the Museum soon. My Grandfather was in the 1st Batt. East Lancs Regt; sadly he was posted as missing on 18th Oct 1916. I visited the actual spot, or near enough were he still lies, last June, maybe the museum might have something of him.

(47) Sandy Lord
Sun, 2 June 2013 16:41:10 +0000

My Great Grandfather Ernest Harry Clerc (Clarke) was born in Dover, Kent and joined the East Lancashire regiment as a 13 year old drummer boy. He is on the 1881 census as residing in the Dover Union workhouse. We are not sure what happened to his single mother. We do have some records of his military career which spanned over 21 years. He married and lived with his wife Bertha at the barracks in Preston (now Fulwood?) Ernest's daughter, my Grandmother was also born at the barracks. Ernest retired as a Sergeant drummer around 1904. He was awarded the GC medal. We dont have any medals but we do have a wooden piccolo that belonged to him. (very old) We also some terrific photos of him in uniform which we would love to share with the museum. How do we do this?
We know that he served in India.
I live in Adelaide, Australia so am unable to visit the museum in person. The website is interesting Thanks!
Thank you for your kind comments. It would have been in Fulwood Barracks that your Great Grandfather lived with his family. We would be very pleased to have copies of any photographs you may have. If possible, please e-mail them as JPEG attachments to

(46) S Waldock
Wed, 22 May 2013 18:04:29 +0000

My Great Grandfather Harry Gentle was posted to Fullwood Barracks in October 1919. He had served with the Devonshire Regiment, the Borders Regiment and the RAMC.

We will visit when we are in the area.

(45) Nicholas Haynes
Tue, 14 May 2013 13:39:52 +0000

For those interested in the history of the 47th Foot during the Peninsular War and in the period after, and for those with a specific interest in Major General Sir Henry Oglander, much information is available from his papers which are in the Record Offices of the Isle of Wight and Cornwall. I have not yet examined these papers in any detail but from what I've seen of his in the IoW and elsewhere, it is thorough and meticulous so further study should be rewarding.

(44) Nick Haynes
Wed, 8 May 2013 14:57:39 +0000

Please direct me to the answer to my enquiry.
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

(43) Nicholas Haynes
Mon, 29 April 2013 11:54:58 +0000

Did you receive the information about the papers of Henry Oglander which I found in the Isle of Wight Record Office? These include meticulous journals from 1813 - 1818 when he was with the 47th Foot. There are brief journals of his time in the 43rd - 1807 - 1809 - covering Copenhagen, the Corunna and Walcheren campaigns. In the Napier MSS in the Bodleian library is a journal from 1810.

I had two questions for you. First, what, if any papers do you have of his (plus unidentified MSS from the period); second, do you have any images of him. He ended up a Maj Gen and dieid at sea in 1840. He lost his left arm at Badajoz I assume having just transferred to the 47th.

I look forward to hearing from you. Nick Haynes.

Regret we can find no record of any previous communication from you. 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.

(42) Karen Clayton
Tue, 16 April 2013 22:36:07 +0000

In memory of our great grandfather Robert Eccles. Loyal North Lancs 9th Regiment. Honoured at Ploegsteert memorial. Died 11/04/1918.

(41) dennis barker
Mon, 15 April 2013 13:13:41 +0000

My father was in south lancashire regiment from1914 and serverd in the 1st and 2nd world wars we are planing to come and visit the museum in the near future

Mon, 1 April 2013 21:15:21 +0000

Visited on Easter Bank Holiday Saturday, was blown away with all the memorabilia, Fantastic volunteers, very helpful (Joe McKenna and a young lad whose name escapes me). I have some LNLR photos left to me when my mum passed away, would love to send copies to you. Highly recommended
Very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Yes, we are all very proud of our Museum and welcome any opportunity to show it off to visitors. Thank you for your kind comments, they will be passed on to Joe McKenna. Yes, we would be interested to see your Loyals photographs, please either e-mail or post them to Jane Davies, Curator, at the Museum.

(39) Wayne Patrick Hulme
Sun, 31 March 2013 14:57:04 +0000

Having been a EX member of 1 QLR for 16yrs I was unaware of this site and i find it very interesting. Loyally We Serve.