This Day In History

1755 Seven Years War. French fortress of Beausejour, on the isthmus joining Nova Scotia to the Canadian mainland, captured by British force which includes the 40th and 47th Foot (later 1st South Lancashires and 1st Loyals)
1815 Two days before Waterloo, the 30th Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires) earn high praise for beating off repeated attacks by French Cuirassiers at the Battle of Quatre Bras, despite having been marching and fighting for 2 days, without food
1915 4th South Lancashires, the Warrington Territorials, fight their first major engagement when they take enemy trenches near Hooge on the Bellewaarde Ridge, and later beat off the enemy’s counter-attack. The anniversary of this fight, which cost 276 casualties, was afterwards commemorated annually by the 4th South Lancashires with a ceremonial parade.
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Caring Bank Staff Clean Historic Uniforms

Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber.

Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber.

Three bank staff from Bolton have been pitching in at the Museum. The mission of the three, normally based at the Yorkshire Bank in Bolton, was to take part in a special ‘Give and Gain Day’ and so on Friday 15 May, they reported for duty at the Lancashire Infantry Museum in their own special uniforms with the ‘We Care About Here’ logo. Their mission, set by Museum Curator Jane Davies, was to help with cleaning historic scarlet uniforms from the Museum’s collection from The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, the East Lancashire Regiment and the South Lancashire Regiment, all ancestors of today’s Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. ‘The historic uniforms are too precious to wash – so we use special chemical pads to keep the material clean and ready for display’ said Jane. ‘It is wonderful to have extra hands for task like this, and we are most grateful to the Bolton bank team’.

Andrew Gleave, Commercial Manager at the branch added that the programme was part of the bank’s special business week of giving things back to the community. ‘It’s been a great privilege to work here’, he said ‘– and probably the first time that Yorkshire’s White Rose has cleaned Red Rose uniforms! ‘ Picture shows (L to R) Andrew Gleave, Rachael Jackson and Keith Smith with the scarlet uniforms they have helped preserve in the museum’s Council Chamber. Behind are the colours of the 4th Battalion, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, which are laid-up in the care of the Museum.

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