This Day In History

1914 2nd East Lancashires embark on the liner Dover Castle at Cape Town, under orders for Britain and thence to France. Battalion comprises 21 officers and 851 other ranks, with 5 officers' wives and 9 children, and 49 soldiers' wives with 73 children. Before they leave Wynberg Camp, near Cape Town, they carve the name of the Regiment and the dates of its 3 tours of duty there (1806, 1859-61, and 1911-14) into a large rock. Reportedly it is still there.
1918 In what proves to be their last major attack, 11th East Lancashires (the Accrington Pals) clear German strongholds to the north of Ploegsteert Wood and take 17 machine-guns, a field gun, an anti-tank gun and many prisoners at the cost of another 353 casualties
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The Lancashire Infantry Museum currently has the following vacancies:

Volunteers

Position The Role
Volunteer Guides
  • We currently need volunteer guides to help us look after our increasing numbers of Saturday and weekday visitors and family researchers.
  • If you have an interest in military history and enjoy meeting people; are confident and capable of guiding people of all ages; and can act independently and without supervision; we would welcome hearing from you.
  • Duties include:
    • Escorting visitors into and out of the museum
    • Helping with enquiries
    • Handing out hand held guides
    • Assisting with shop purchases
  • Full training will be given
  • Service in one of the armed forces, especially one of our regiments, is desirable but is by no means essential
  • Saturday volunteers will be asked to take part in a roster which requires attendance at the museum approximately one week in four. Timings are 10.00am to 16.00pm. 
  • Weekday guides are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can volunteer for one day or one half day a week.
  • For further information please contact us via the e-mail address below, or for a chat about becoming a volunteer guide and joining our enthusiastic and friendly team please contact Tom Mallinson on (01772) 260584 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays only.

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For further information, please contact us on enquiries@lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk

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With over 15,000 visitors a year, the Lancashire Infantry Museum is one of the country’s leading Regimental and Military Museums. It is located in an attractive Grade II listed building  in a mid-Victorian British Army barracks on the outskirts of Preston. Fulwood Barracks is recognised as the finest example of mid-Victorian military architecture left in the country. There is easy access by public transport and ample free car parking available within the Barracks.