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1914 2nd East Lancashires embark on the liner Dover Castle at Cape Town, under orders for Britain and thence to France. Battalion comprises 21 officers and 851 other ranks, with 5 officers' wives and 9 children, and 49 soldiers' wives with 73 children. Before they leave Wynberg Camp, near Cape Town, they carve the name of the Regiment and the dates of its 3 tours of duty there (1806, 1859-61, and 1911-14) into a large rock. Reportedly it is still there.
1918 In what proves to be their last major attack, 11th East Lancashires (the Accrington Pals) clear German strongholds to the north of Ploegsteert Wood and take 17 machine-guns, a field gun, an anti-tank gun and many prisoners at the cost of another 353 casualties
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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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