This Day In History

1915 2nd East Lancashires and 1st Loyals part of assault on Aubers Ridge which fails bloodily against strong German defences and well-sited machine guns. The British bombardment, though ineffective against the enemy trenches, inflict heavy losses on the East Lancashires, who suffer 449 casualties this day, while the Loyals’ losses amount to 243.
1915 1/4th and 1/5th East Lancashires land under fire at Cape Helles as reinforcements for the allied troops on Gallipoli. The invasion has made such little progress since the initial landings 14 days before that the whole beach-head area, including the landing beaches, is still within range of the Turks.
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The 1914 Christmas Truces

The unofficial truces which broke out all along the Western Front at Christmas 1914, the first Christmas of the war, have grown in myth and legend in the 100 years since, no doubt because people desperately seek any signs of grace and compassion in that most terrible of wars.

It has been estimated that over 100,000 men from both sides took part in the spontaneous events. Three of our antecedent battalions were on the Western Front at the time –  the 1st and 2nd East Lancashires, and the 1st Loyal North Lancashires – with the 1st East Lancashires being most directly involved.

On the 100th anniversary, our good friends at the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper told their story. Please click on the pictures below to get the full articles, reproduced here by kind permission of the Editor.

 

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