This Day In History

1775 Just one week after the Battle of Bunker’s Hill outside the city, 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) disembarks in Boston to reinforce the British troops fighting the American colonists, who are now in open revolt. For many in the Regiment it is a return to their homeland, the 40th having spent the first 47 years of its existence in North America. It had been on home establishment in Ireland for only 10 years.
1814 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) arrives in Quebec to fight the Americans in The War of 1812. After four hard years of fighting in Spain, they were transported directly from France following the defeat of Napoleon.
1861 Under orders for Canada, the 30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires) embarks at Liverpool for Halifax, Nova Scotia on Brunel’s enormous SS Great Eastern, the first charter of an ocean liner for the movement of troops. The huge ship carries an unprecedented 3,031 passengers and crew, and 200 horses, and Colonel Mauleverer of the 30th commands the troops.
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Future Battlefield Tours

To assist with long-term planning, the Friends of the Museum have announced details of their future annual Battlefield Tours. Please note that all dates are PROVISIONAL at this stage and may change once detailed planning  begins.

2012 – “Jacobite Rose” – Scotland and “The 45” – For full details see Forecast of Events – bookings now being taken

2013 – “Spanish Rose II” – Wellington in the Pyrenees 1813 –  A return to Spain to study the later stages of the Peninsular War – September 11-19 (provisional).

2014 – “Flanders Rose” – Mons to Ypres 1914 – On the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I, it is fitting that the Friends should once again return to Flanders to study the early stages of the Great War – September 10-18 (provisional).

2015 – “Waterloo Rose” – Waterloo 1815 – On the bicentennial of the iconic battle, where else could we go but back to the hallowed ground where the future of Europe was changed forever? – May 30 – June 6 (provisional)

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