The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum The Museum celebrates the history of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and its antecedent regiments and the current Regiment, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

It also houses an extensive archive, frequently used by researchers and those in search of family history. The Museum is on a working barracks, is free of charge and has plenty of parking spaces.

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The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
17/08/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day.
Hostilities with Japan ended on the 15th August 1945. However, for those men of the 2nd Battalion, The Loyal Regiment, who had been held in captivity since Singapore fell on the 15th February 1942, freedom did not come straight away.
The Loyal Regiment had been imprisoned at first in Changi and then later, the vast majority of men, were imprisoned in Keijo Camp, Korea.
Although Keijo was a Japanese ‘show camp’ the conditions for the men were still harsh. They lived under the constant fear of death. Weight loss and malnutrition were significant problems.
Lieutenant Lever in his diary, which is held in The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum, recorded that ‘men were now changed so much that they were unrecognisable as the same people they had been before the surrender.’ He later went on to say that ‘body and soul were often kept together by the rare red cross parcel which was deemed infinitely better than the eternal, infernal, rice and stew.’
As the Russians were approaching Keijo, in a last act of defiance and cruelty, the Japanese guards threatened to shoot all the Officers imprisoned there. The Officers were only saved by the dropping of the second atom bomb and the consequent surrender of Japan.
The survivors left Korea and embarked for the Philippines. From there they went on HMS Implacable to Vancouver and eventually reached England in October 1945 where they were reunited with friends and family.

#NeverForgotten #VJDay75

Commemorating VJ Day 75
13/08/2020
Lancashire Infantry Museum August 2020 VJ Day Newsletter

Commemorating VJ Day 75

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, w...

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
13/08/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August 2020 commemorating the end of the Second World War.
Ten battalions of our predecessors fought in the gruelling Burma campaign. Ahead of the anniversary we salute those who took part.

The Loyal Regiment fought several rearguard actions against the Japanese in Malaya and together with the The Manchester Regiment, remained in action on Singapore Island until ordered to capitulate. 18th Recce Regiment (formerly the 5th Battalion, The Loyal Regiment) arrived in Singapore without equipment in time to share their fate and the survivors of all three battalions suffered cruelty in captivity as Japanese POW’s.

The Loyal Regiment were mainly incarcerated in Keijo, Korea. The 18th Recce mainly were set to work on the Thai-Burma Railroad.

Brigadier Elrington (2 Loyals), in his reminiscences about life as a POW, stated ‘It will be remembered that after VE Day there was no prospect of an immediate end to the war in the Far East. After the reaction of VE Day our morale ran so high that we chafed as each day went by. But, our captors not only chafed, they trembled. Their paramount fear was not of defeat, or death, but of war with Russia. They had no illusions about the Russians, and no power to stay their advance.’

As the Russians were approaching Keijo, in a last act of defiance and cruelty, the Japanese guards threatened to shoot all the Officers imprisoned there. As the Japanese were to die at their posts then the Allied Officers were as well. The Officers were only saved by the dropping of the second atom bomb and the consequent surrender of Japan on the 15th August.

‘After the unbelievable news of VJ Day had turned to weeks of impatient waiting for deliverance, the great moment for us arrived on the 9th September. Amid tremendous excitement and noise of tanks, trucks, bewildered Japanese and frantic soldiery, a very large and confident American Company Commander sought out our CO, saluted smartly and shouted, “Say, Colonel, who d’ya want shot?”
#LionsOfEngland #VJ75 #VJDay75 The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum

FEPOW Artwork
08/07/2020
FEPOW Artwork

FEPOW Artwork

2 LOYALS’ COLLECTION: LANCASHIRE INFANTRY MUSEUM FULLWOOD BARRACKS, PRESTON By Jane Davies, Curator of the

03/06/2020
Chester Zoo

Hi All - If you feel able, you may wish to help out Chester Zoo. George Mottershead, the founder, was a member of the South Lancashire Regiment during WW1.

🐘🐢 SAVE OUR ZOO 🦁🐧

As the UK’s biggest and most popular charity zoo, we’ve tried to stay positive during this pandemic.
Our conservationists have continued to prevent extinction, our virtual days have cheered up the nation, and our learning resources have helped thousands of home-schooling families.

We wanted to remain a beacon of hope.
We really tried.

But now, as the government has ordered that we may have to stay closed indefinitely, it hurts us to say that this crisis has left us fighting for our future.

Not being able to open, despite being a huge outdoor site with all the necessary safety measures in place, is having a devastating impact on our much-loved zoo. We’re heading towards debt in excess of £24m by the end of 2020 – this will financially cripple us. We need to raise £1.6m each month to keep going.

Meanwhile, we’re having to sit back and watch as people are piling onto beaches and into public parks, where there is no way of controlling numbers, no way of guaranteeing people are socially distanced and no way of ensuring safety. We, can do all of this.

We look on as, from this week, private gardens open up, while our own 128 acres of gardens and 16km of pathways remain closed, and under enormous financial pressure.

We REFUSE to cut corners when it comes to caring for the animals ❤️
We REFUSE to give up on our fight to prevent extinction 🌎
And because of that, we’ve now reached the point where we desperately NEED YOUR HELP 🙏

We need you to SAVE OUR ZOO...

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/ChesterZooFuture

For anything else go to www.chesterzoo.org/saveourzoo

03/06/2020

A message to our volunteers for #nationalvolunteersweek Thank you for continuing to support the Lancashire Infantry Museum!

03/06/2020
Thank you!

Thank you to all our volunteers for your continued support of the Lancashire Infantry Museum

01/06/2020
Blackburn Museum

On the 80th anniversary of the actions for which Ervine-Andrews was awarded his Victoria Cross, Blackburn Museum shares with us this account. Our online exhibition about Dunkirk can be seen here https://sway.office.com/AB1W4Sgu69uCda2h?ref=Link&fbclid=IwAR29S1mzPRgh-8RWT-5fRopBdO4uzCpNRyl1KSbZjCnvcVxX0hHHDV1dLKU

Marcus Ervine-Andrews defended the Canal de Bergues near #Dunkirk in 1940 #OnThisDay and recieved the Victoria Cross for valor for his service. On loan from the @LancsInfantryMuseum in Preston.

29/05/2020
Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

It's been 80 years since the evacuation of allied soldiers from the shores of Dunkirk. To mark the occasion, we hosted a video call between Lewis, 100, and Alf, 98, two veterans who were both rescued during the operation and are two of only a few remaining survivors. Meeting for the first time on the call the pair shared their stories and talked about what they witnessed. “We had a lovely chat, and we can’t grumble because we’ve no right to be here, really! I am very grateful to the Royal British Legion for putting us together,” Alf said. “Lewis was an infantryman, a proper soldier, and I’m only a youngster compared to him! It was Lewis’s units that helped us to get away.” Lewis had been wishing to speak to another Dunkirk veteran since his childhood friend Joe, who he fought alongside during the war, passed away. “It was good to speak to someone who was also there and swap stories,” Lewis said. “A lot of lads weren’t so lucky as us, but we remember them.”

As the Nation commemorates #VEDay75 the Lancashire Infantry Museum presents our first online exhibition. Due to the curr...
08/05/2020

As the Nation commemorates #VEDay75 the Lancashire Infantry Museum presents our first online exhibition. Due to the current situation we are unable to open up the museum to showcase our temporary exhibition "Dunkirk at 80. Remembering the Evacuation". However, we have teamed up with students from UCLAN (thank you Abigail, Ryan and Hannah) to present video, audio, archival material and three talks about Dunkirk on line. To see the exhibition go to https://sway.office.com/AB1W4Sgu69uCda2h?ref=Link

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
08/05/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Today, on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, we salute and remember those who took part.

Breakout and toward Germany.
Following a rapid advance across France and Belgium the Allies attempted to force a series of river crossings in Holland and 1st (AIRBORNE) Battalion, the Border Regiment, in its glider role, shared in the famous Market Garden operation at Arnhem, holding the Airborne perimeter around Oosterbeek until ordered to withdraw, while the East Lancashires carried out an assault crossing of the Albert Canal.
The East Lancashires took part in subsequent operations to widen the Market Garden corridor and played important parts in the capture of s’Hertogenbosch, Overloon and Venraij, while 7th Manchesters took part in operations to capture the Scheldt estuary islands of Walcheren and South Beveland. The East Lancashires were then rushed south to counter the German offensive in the Ardennes where they fought costly but successful winter battles at Grimbiemont and Bure.

Into Germany 1945.
The Regiment was involved in bitter fighting to clear the west bank of the Rhine, particularly in the Reichswald and Hochwald and at Weeze before crossing the river and advancing across the North German Plain to capture Hamburg and Bremen. In the course of this advance there were a number of stiff fights, notably at Ibbenburen and at the crossing of the Aller and other water obstacles. 5th King’s also played an important, and unusual, part in the closing stages of the campaign, providing the main component of T Force, which was tasked to secure ‘special intelligence’ targets and took the surrender of part of the German Navy.
For their contributions to the liberation in North West Europe our predecessors were awarded 28 battle honours.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
#VE75 #VEDay75 #LionsOfEngland #ThisIsYourVictory

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
07/05/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Ahead of the #VE75 anniversary on Friday we salute those who took part in the War in Europe.
On 6 June 1944 Allied forces launched Operation ‘Overlord’, a plan to liberate the Normandy area of France from occupation by Nazi forces.
A battalion of the South Lancashires were one of the two assault battalions in of 3 Div who captured the initial beachhead and earned the battle honour Normandy Landing. The 5th, 8th King’s and 6th Borders were also present acting as Beach Groups; while the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion, previously a South Lancashires battalion were the first to drop in Normandy. Later in the battles to break out from the bridgehead, battalions from the East and South Lancashires and Manchesters all fought and won a further six battle honours.
#LionsOfEngland #VEDay75
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
Painting depicts the Assault troops of the South Lancashire Regiment of the British 3rd Infantry Division storm ashore at Sword Beach.

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
06/05/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Ahead of the #VE75 anniversary on Friday we salute those who took part in the War in Europe.
In Italy 1943-45 battalions from the King’s Own, the King’s, Border, Loyals, and Manchesters all took part in the Italian campaign, playing a decisive part in holding the Anzio bridgehead in January 1944 and then advancing through Rome, Florence and the Gothic Line to Monte Grande, where they also saw action.
A posthumous GC was won in Italy by Corporal Horsfield of the Manchesters, attached SAS.
#LionsOfEngland
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The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
05/05/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

This week, as we mark 75 years since the end of the War in Europe we salute those who took part.

At Dunkirk in 1940 seventeen battalions drawn from all our predecessor regiments, less King’s, went to France in 1939-40 and were involved in the retreat to Dunkirk, fighting rearguard actions on the Dyle and Escaut and around Arras until outflanked by the French and Belgian collapse. The 30th, 40th and 47th particularly distinguished themselves in covering the evacuation and a VC, the only one at Dunkirk, was earned by Captain Ervine-Andrews.
The battalions were among the very last to leave the beaches of France, just as four years later they would be among the very first to return. 4th Border, cut off from the main evacuation, continued in bitter fighting on the lower Somme and did not depart, through Cherbourg and Brest, until 18 June.

The painting depicts Captain HM Ervine-Andrews VC at Dunkirk on 1st June 1940.
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum

#VE75 #LionsOfEngland

A message from the ABF
30/04/2020

A message from the ABF

Royal British Legion
23/04/2020
Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

For the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we have created a range of free and fun educational resources for children and families to explore and find out about the experiences of the WWII generation.

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
21/04/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
#LionsOfEngland #Kingsman The Royal Family

Great work 👏👏👏
19/04/2020

Great work 👏👏👏

Soldiers from 1 LANCS have been helping to set up the Nightingale NW hospital in Manchester. Built in just two weeks the hospital is now open and treating COVID-19 patients.
#LionsOfEngland #InThisTogether

If you would like to sign up for the museum's monthly newsletter, please email curator@lancashireinfantrymuseum.org.uk t...
15/04/2020

If you would like to sign up for the museum's monthly newsletter, please email [email protected] to do so. If you would also like to write a short article for inclusion in it, please email the same address.

Former Assistant Curator, Dominc Butler, is raising money for Combat Stress by walking 22 miles from Arromanches to Pega...
02/03/2020
Read Dominic's story

Former Assistant Curator, Dominc Butler, is raising money for Combat Stress by walking 22 miles from Arromanches to Pegasus Bridge. If you would like to help him fundraise £1,000 click on the link below!

Dominic is raising money to help Combat Stress

Great exhibition on at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool looking at art created by British Far East Prisoners o...
17/02/2020

Great exhibition on at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool looking at art created by British Far East Prisoners of War 1942 to 1945. We have loaned some drawings by Harry Kingsley and Donald Teale (2nd Loyals). It's on until 20th June 2020 and is free.

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment
13/02/2020

The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment

RHQ and the The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Lancashire Infantry Museum were today honoured to meet Sgt Johnson Beharry VC.
PWRR - The Tigers

Stop The Press, Part II. This one page spread coming from Thursday 6th edition of the Blackpool Gazette.
11/02/2020

Stop The Press, Part II. This one page spread coming from Thursday 6th edition of the Blackpool Gazette.

Read all about! Two page feature in yesterday's Lancashire Evening Post.
04/02/2020

Read all about! Two page feature in yesterday's Lancashire Evening Post.

An excellent opportunity to undertake a Collaborative PhD with the University of Salford and the Lancashire Infantry Mus...
14/01/2020

An excellent opportunity to undertake a Collaborative PhD with the University of Salford and the Lancashire Infantry Museum! The University of Salford is currently looking for candidates for a fully funded PhD Scholarship in History - 'Fulwood Barracks and the 'Garrison Town' of Preston: Lancashire Regiments, Regional Identity and Social Change, 1848 to 1948.'

Details on how to apply are below.

Are you a veteran who served in WW2?  If so you may be interested in the events organised by the British Legion to comme...
09/01/2020
VJ Day 75

Are you a veteran who served in WW2? If so you may be interested in the events organised by the British Legion to commemorate VJ Day 75. In particular, they are funding the travel and accommodation costs for a series of tours for veterans of the Asia-Pacific campaign, to key commemorative, and CWGC sites, across South and South East Asia. Descendants of veterans are welcome to also come on these tours but will need to fund their own travel and accommodation.

See the link below for details.

If you served with one of our antecedent Regiments during WW2, the Lancashire Infantry Museum would also love to hear from you.

The Legion is announcing that in partnership with the CWGC and RCEL we will be funding a series of tours for veterans of the Asia-Pacific campaign across South and South East Asia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Are you a veteran who served in WW2?  If so you may be interested in the events organised by the British Legion to comme...
09/01/2020
VE Day

Are you a veteran who served in WW2? If so you may be interested in the events organised by the British Legion to commemorate VE Day 75. In particular they are planning to host 750 veterans from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion, to attend the VE 75 events programme in Central London over the period 8-9 May 2020. Their invitation includes a fully funded plan for transport, meals and accommodation; veterans will travel to London courtesy of the National Rail Group on Thursday 7 May 2020 and returning home on Sunday 10 May 2020.

They are encouraging applications from all of those who contributed to victory in Europe 75 years ago, including spouses and civilians from reserved occupations across the UK and Commonwealth.

See the link below for details.

If you served with one of our antecedent Regiments during WW2, the Lancashire Infantry Museum would also love to hear from you.

The Legion will be hosting a fully funded three-day event over the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 in London for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

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#VolunteersWeek Big shout out and thank you to all the volunteers, and Friends, of Lancashire Infantry Museum.
£5 go's to the Queen's Lancashire Regiment memorial fund
what a great group of people you have there...Thank you so much with moving our research on with info regarding Fepow J S Dunne. Well done your a credit to the Museum and the Regiment, xx
Sadly Charles Rodaway of 2nd Battalion, North Lanc, the FEPOW Battalion, died last night. I think he was the last FEPOW. There will be a short memorial service at Carleton, Blackpool next