The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) [UK]
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Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 09.07.2006
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The  Loyal Regiment
(North Lancashire)
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards & Guidons
  Uniforms & Badges

  Biography & Gallantry Awards
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1881.07.01 The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
organised as the county regiment of north central Lancashire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1921.01.01 The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
1970.03.25 amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), to form
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
pip The Loyal Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
pip The Loyal Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    47th Regimental District at Preston [1881-1905]
    D Group at Carlisle [1946-48]
    Lancastrian Brigade at Preston [1948-1968]
    King's Division at York [1968-1970]
    1st Battalion [1881-1970]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1949]
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (3rd Royal Lancashire Regiment of Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own) [1881-1953]
4th Battalion [1881-1896]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1940]
  5th Battalion [1908-1941, 1947-1967]
  Lancastrian Volunteers [1967-1970]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1919]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1919]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  4/5th Battalion [1915-1916]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th Battalion [1939-1941]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  7th Battalion [1940-1941]
  • True Loyals (7th Battalion, 1940-1946), by Tom McCarthy.
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  8th Battalion [1940-1941]
  9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  9th Battalion [1940-1941]
  10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  10th Battalion [1940-1942]
  11th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  1/12th (Service) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/12th (Reserve) Battalion [1916-1916]
  13th (Home Service) Battalion [1916-1918]
  14th Battalion [1917-1917]
  15th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
  30th Battalion [1945-1946]
  31st Battalion [1945-1946]
  No. 1 Independent Company [1946-1948]
[combined battle honours of 47th Regiment and 81st Regiment, plus:] 

Louisburg1, Quebec 17591, Nive2, Defence of Kimberley, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [21 battalions]:  Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 '18, Aisne 1914 '18, Ypres 1914 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Givenchy 1914, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Bazentin, Pozières, Guillemont, Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Messines 1917 '18, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Lys, Estaires, Bailleul, Kemmel, Béthune, Scherpenberg, Soissonais- Ourcq, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1917, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1916, Gaza, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18, Kilimanjaro, East Africa 1914-16

The Second World War:  Dunkirk 1940, North-West Europe 1940, Banana Ridge, Djebel Kesskiss, Medjez Plain, Gueriat el Atach Ridge, Djebel Bou Aoukaz 1943 I, Gab Gab Gap, North Africa 1943, Anzio, Rome, Fiesole, Gothic Line, Monte Gamberaldi, Monte Ceco, Monte Grande, Italy 1944-45, Johore, Batu Pahat, Singapore Island, Malaya 1941-42

1.  awarded 1882 for service of 47th Regiment.
2.  awarded 1910 for service of 47th Regiment.

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: 1881-1953: scarlet; facings: white
1953-1970: blue; facings: white; piping: white
headdress: construction sign
1953.06.02 HM Queen Elizabeth II
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir William Sherbrooke Ramsay Norcott, KCB [also Rifle Bde]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Henry Renny, CSI [also 35th Foot]
1885.09.14 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Richard Thomas Farren, GCB [also R Sussex Regt]
1909.12.31 Maj-Gen. Hugh Thomas Jones-Vaughan
1916.04.12 Gen. Sir James Willcocks, GCB, GCMG, KCSI, DSO
1926.12.19 Lt-Gen. Sir Gerald Francis Ellison, KCB, KCMG
1931.08.18 Brig-Gen. John Bayford Wells, CMG, CBE, DSO
1945.11.01 Brig. John Percy Delabene Underwood, DSO
1949.02.14 Brig. George Giffard Rawson Williams, MBE
1959.02.14 Brig. Geoffrey Ackworth Rimbault, CBE, DSO, MC [to 1970]
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
pip Nominal Roll in South Africa 1899-1902, by Kevin Asplin
Motto: Loyauté m'oblige
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Anniversaries: Kimberley (15 Feb.), Quebec (13 Sept.)
Freedoms: Preston (7 Aug. 1952)
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Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Loyal Edmonton Regiment
South Africa flag The Kimberley Regiment
Australia flag 47th Infantry Battalion (The Wide Bay Regiment)
Malaysia flag 2nd Battalion, The Royal Malay Regiment 1954?-1970
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monument Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, Preston (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Lancashire County and Regimental Museum, Preston (Simonides listing)
monument Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, Preston (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
book The Lancashire lad.
Full Histories:
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Downham, John. Red roses on the Veldt : Lancashire Regiments in the Boer War, 1899-1902. Lancaster : Carnegie Pub., 2000. ISBN: 1859360750
Short Histories:
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First World War:

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Second World War:

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