This Day In History

1918 Battle of the Selle. In a carefully-planned attack, rehearsed over 5 days, 5th East Lancashires mount a remarkably successful night assault near Briastre. They move off at 2 a.m., in a heavy downpour which lasted throughout the engagement, to the sound of the Regimental March being played by the battalion band. Met by heavy machine-gun fire and an artillery barrage which causes 50 casualties, they charge through with a yell and are on their final objective well before the 7 a.m. deadline set, taking 300 prisoners in the process. Casualties are 2 officers and 13 men dead, and 6 officers and 109 men wounded. Some 22 German dead were counted on the battalion front. Study of the ground the next day shows that the battalion had gone through no fewer than 6 defensive belts, including a very strongly-held railway embankment, before reaching its final objective. The 300 prisoners were ‘of far better physique and appearance’ than any of the enemy previously encountered, and turn out to be picked troops. They said that they were members of Kaiser Wilhelm’ bodyguard; that they had never before known defeat; and that they had been sent to hold the line at all costs.
We are funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

Please help by clicking the buttons below.

Please donate

Chairman’s Annual Report 2014

Report to the Annual General Meeting Thursday 11th December 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the AGM of the Friends for 2014.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the committee members for their support and input throughout the year.

On behalf of the Friends Management Committee I can report on another successful year full of events for the Friends.

Again with the help of the Committee we can present what we believe to be an interesting list of events for 2015, with the Battlefield Tour for 2015 concentrating on the Battle of Waterloo with three of Marlborough’s Battles completing the package.

We have been pleasantly surprised at the interest in the proposed tour and already have 20 deposits on hand, for those who are still undecided you need to know that it will be first come, first served!

As a Committee we are always open to suggestions for topics/issues that our members would like to hear about, or even present, at our Friday evening sessions. Please do let us know what you want or would like us to look at.

For 2016 we are considering that the Battlefield Tour will involve Gibraltar and Southern Spain but we have yet to arrive at a definitive decision on this. Again suggestions are most welcome for future tours.

There has been one change to our Committee since last year with the arrival of Lynn Turp, we wish her well as I am sure you all do.

However for Lynn to arrive someone had to leave and, very sadly, earlier this year we lost Joe McKenna.

Joe was a true stalwart of the Friends and was always prepared to pitch in as needed. Who will ever forget his contributions to our Raffles and the small army of Meer cats that resulted from his enthusiasm. His was an unstinting contribution to the Friends and Museum, freely given, would that others would take a leaf out of his book.

In closing may I thank on your behalf all the members of the Friends Management Committee for their time, effort and input into making 2014 a successful year and I would like to thank you, the Friends, for your continued enthusiastic support.

The committee would like to wish everyone the complements of the coming festive season and hope that you all enjoy your lunch here today.

D A Rogan


11th December 2014