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Battle Honours

The award of a Battle Honour is the system by which the Sovereign recognises the presence of a regiment at, and its contributions to, a particular battle or campaign. It provides, also, a means by which the Regiment’s past glories are brought to mind and preserved.

The rules covering the granting of Battle Honours have varied greatly over the years and have at times been capricious. Some of our Lancashire Regiments most prized Battle Honours, such as Gibraltar and Quebec, were not authorised until many years after the event, while many hard-fought victories, such as Namur 1695, Germantown 1777 and Alkmaar 1799, have never been honoured. Nevertheless, the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment was entitled to 203 Battle Honours, of which five (marked * below) are unique in the British Army and others changed the course of world history.

The selected Battle Honours shown below in bold type were borne on the Colours of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. For the sake of brevity regiments and battalions are indicated up to 1914 by their pre-1881 numbers and subsequently by abbreviated titles as follows

E Lan R

S Lan R 


–        The East LancashireRegiment

–        The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers)

–         The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment & The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)



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