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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The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was formed in 1881 as part of the Cardwell reforms of the British Army. Its title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in 1921.

The Regiment was formed initially with two battalions, the 1st Battalion being created from the former 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, and the 2nd from the former 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regimental Depot was at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, creating a link which has continued unbroken to the present day.

The Regiment recruited primarily from the towns of Central Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley, Bolton and Wigan.

During World War I the Regiment expanded to a total strength of 21 battalions. They served on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, and in Macedonia, Palestine, East Africa, and Mesopotamia. They were awarded a total of 80 Battle Honours. The Regiment suffered a total of 7590 casualties. Three members of the Regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War I, click HERE)

The Regiment was again expanded in World War II, to a total of 10 battalions. They served in North West Europe, Malaya, North Africa and Italy. One member of the Regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross.

(For a detailed summary of the full part played by the Regiment in World War II, click HERE)

On 25th March 1970 the Regiment amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers), to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.