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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Preston Pals Remembered

some years ago a letter in the Lancashire Evening Post asked why there was no memorial to the Preston Pals. It sparked local businessman Andrew Mather into action and on 22 July 2012, exactly 96 years less one day after D Company (the Preston Pals), 7th Loyals, suffered grievously in their first action at Bazentin-le-Petit, a memorial to their memory was unveiled on the platform at Preston Station from which they departed to war. The Museum provided enthusiastic support to the project, especially via our late, much-lamented Friend Joe Hodgson, without whose encyclopaedic knowledge the Memorial would never have come to fruition.

The Memorial

Preston businessman Andrew Mather, the driving force behind the creation of the memorial, outlines the history of the project.

Colonel Steve Davies, Deputy Colonel (Lancashire) of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, examine the memorial after the unveiling.

 

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