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.
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Histories of The East Lancashire Regiment

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By Lieutenant Colonel Neil Bannatyne

 

First published in 1923.  A century and a half of successful service in every quarter of the globe presents a glorious history in itself, and the high character gained in Egypt, in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, has been maintained on the bloody fields of Alma and Inkerman. This is the history of the 30th regiment, from its early beginnings in 1689 all the way to its amalgamation in 1881 with the 59th foot to form the East Lancashire Regiment. The Old Three Tens travelled widely and saw action on many bloody fields, particularly during three significant European wars: the War of Spanish Succession, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the Crimean War.

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By Major General Sir Lothian Nicholson KCB CMG

 

This History, first published in 1936 and compiled by the then Colonel of the Regiment, draws its strength and authenticity from the unvarnished first-hand accounts of the men who were themselves involved.

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First published in 1953.

 

“Every battle recorded in this History is described by one who took part in it; what the narrative thereby loses in continuity of style and treatment it gains in truth and vividness” – Brigadier J W Pendlebury DSO MC, Colonel of the Regiment 1953

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By H.L Kirby and R.R. Walsh

 

The story of  ‘Joe’ Bent of the East Lancashire Regiment, who won the VC as a young drummer, went on to become RSM, and remained a popular  and familiar legend in his Regiment throughout his long life.

Regret not currently available due to Museum closure because of the Corona Virus  

By Henry L. Kirby

 

‘Jock’ Young rescued his Sergeant from No-Man’s Land, then walked half a mile to the dressing station with a shattered jaw and a bullet in his chest. Tragically, he was to die under anaesthetic while they tried to fix his face, thus becoming the only VC winner to die and be buried in Britain during the WWI. This is his story.

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Regret not currently available due to Museum closure because of the Corona Virus