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The 30Foot raised in 1696, the 59th Foot in 1741, they became the 1st & 2nd Battalions The East Lancashire in 1881.

1881.07.01 The East Lancashire Regiment
organised as the county regiment of East Lancashire , encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1st Battalion, redesignation of 30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot
2nd Battalion, redesignation of 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot

1958.07.01 amalgamated with The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
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The East Lancashire's distinguished themselves in 1944 when liberating the Dutch city of Hertogen-bosch, a five day battle with 25per cent casualties.

The Colours are in Blackburn Cathedral. In 1958 they were amalgamated with the South Lancashires to form The Queens Lancashire Regiment.

Battle Honours WW1

The Great War [17 battalions]: Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, Armentières 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres 1915 '17 '18, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Pozières, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916 '18, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 '18, Arleux, Oppy, Messines 1917, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai 1918, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Kosturino, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18, Helles, Krithia, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Rumani, Egypt 1915-17, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-17

Battle Honours WW2

The Second World War: Defence of Escaut, Dunkirk 1940, Caen, Falaise, Nederrijn, Lower Maas, Ourthe, Rhineland, Reichswald, Weeze, Rhine, Ibbenburen, Aller, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Madagascar, North Arakan, Pinwe, Burma 1944-45

Victoria Crosses by Iain Stewart

Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, Preston (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)

Deployment

1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment
1881 India: Bengal
1885 Ferozepore
1891 Lucknow
1896 Burma
1895.03 Chitral expedition
1895.08 India
1897 England: Portsmouth
1898 Jersey
1900.02 South Africa 15 Bde
1902 Ireland: Dublin
1905 Curragh
1908 England: Woking
1911 Colchester
1914.08 France and Flanders 4 Div
1918.02 France and Flanders 34 Div
1918.05 France and Flanders 61 Div
1919 West Indies
1922 Malta
1924 Egypt/Sudan
1925 India: Quetta
1929 Poona
1931 Bombay
1932 China: Shanghai
1933 England: Catterick 13 Bde
1934.12 Germany: Saar International Force supervising plebiscite (13 Bde)
1935.01 England: Catterick 13 Bde
1935 Northern Ireland: Belfast
1939.09 UK 42 Inf Div
1940.04 France & Belgium
1940.06 UK
1941.09 UK 6 Bde
1941.10 UK 42 Support Gp
1942.06 UK 71 Bde
1944.06 NW Europe
1944.08 NW Europe 53 Inf Div
1945 Germany
1947 UK
1948.07.31 amalgamated with 2nd Battalion without change of title
1950 Sudan
1951 Egypt
1953 UK
1954..02 Germany: Hubblerath 4 Gds Bde
1957.01 England: Brentwood
1957.12 Hong Kong
1958.07.01 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), to form 1st Bn, The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)

1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment
1881 England: Gosport
1883 Dover
1885 Ireland: Enniskillen
1888 Newry
1891 Mullingar
1893 Gibraltar
1895 England: Aldershot
1897 India: Rhaniket
1898 Chakratta
1901 Jullunder
1903 Poona
1907 Karachi
1909 Mhow
1911 South Africa
1914.11 France and Flanders 8 Div
1915.10 France and Flanders 23 Div
1916.07 France and Flanders 8 Div
1919 Ireland: Buttevant
1923 England: Bordon 3 Bde
1927 Pembroke Dock
1929 Catterick
1933 Hong Kong
1937 India: Ambala
1940.09 UK 29 Bde
1942.03.21 at sea 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.04.22 South Africa 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.04.28 at sea 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.05.05 Madagascar 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.08.20 at sea
1942.08.26 East Africa 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.09.05 at sea
1942.09.10 Madagascar 29 Bde, Force 121
1942.10.16 at sea 29 Bde
1942.10.24 South Africa 29 Bde
1943.01.08 at sea
1943.01.26 India
1944.09 Burma/India 36 Inf Div
1945 Burma
1947 UK
1948.07.31 disbanded (technically "amalgamated" with 1st Battalion)

 


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