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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The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life (For Kings Own Royal Border Regiment), Carlisle
Museum of the Manchester Regiment
Museum of Liverpool (King’s Regiment)


Museums Affiliated to The Lancashire Infantry Museum

Blackburn Museum Items and information relating to the East Lancashire Regiment
Towneley Hall, Burnley Items and information relating to the East Lancashire Regiment
Warrington Museum Items and information relating to the South Lancashire Regiment


Sites of Special Regimental Interest

The Accrington Pals The story of the 11th (Service) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, better known to history as “The Accrington Pals,” has come to represent the tragedy of all the WWI Pals Battalions.
Carole Divall Carole has made a special study of the 30th Regiment of Foot in the Napoleonic Wars. There is no better source of information on the regiment at that time.
Colonial Re-Enactment Society & 40th Regiment of Foot A re-enactment society based in Melbourne, Australia, which has researched and published a wealth of material relating to the 40th Foot’s time in Australia and New Zealand in the mid-19th Century
Chorley Pals Memorial Dedicated to the memory of the Chorley Pals (Y Company, 11th (Service) Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment – the Accrington Pals)
Preston Pals War Memorial Dedicated to the memory of the Preston Pals (D Company, 7th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and the creation of a Memorial in their memory on Preston Station.
The Wrecking of the Sea Horse, Lord Melville & Boadicea The Regiment’s greatest tragedy, when 510 men, women and children from the our antecedent regiments, the 59th and 82nd Foot, lost their lives in three shipwrecks on the Irish coast in 1816. Ivan Fitzgerald, of Dublin, has studied the disaster for many years, and reports his findings here.


Military & Related Museums


Army Museums Ogilby Trust
National Army Museum


North West

The Fusilier Museum, Bury Tells the story of The Lancashire Fusiliers
Cheshire Military Museum, Chester Represents the regiments of Cheshire
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester  



National Archives Records relating to all regiments. Some personnel records, medal rolls, war diaries etc
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records for every serviceman killed in either WWI or WWII
North East Medals – Medals of the Regiments Individual regimental histories by campaign and battle honour


World War I

The Long , Long Trail Excellent information on all aspects of the British Army in WWI

Visiting  The Lancashire Infantry Museum

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