The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) [UK]
navigation bar logo
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 14.07.2006
crest and tie
The  South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards & Guidons
  Uniforms & Badges

  Biography & Gallantry Awards
  Associations, Forums, Re-Enactors
  Museums, Monuments, Memorials

How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1881.07.01 The Prince of Wales's Volunteers  Regiment (South Lancashire Regiment)
organised as the county regiment of south central Lancashire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1938.11 The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
1958.07.01 amalgamated with The East Lancashire Regiment, to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
pip The South Lancashire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
pip The South Lancashire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    40th Regimental District at Warrington [1881-1905]
    D Group at Carlisle [1946-48]
    Lancastrian Brigade at Preston [1948-1958]
    1st Battalion [1881-1958]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (4th Royal Lancashire Regiment of Militia (The Duke of Lancaster's Own)) [1881-1953]
4th Battalion [planned 1881 but not formed]
Territorials and Volunteers:
1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Battalion [1908-1958]
5th Battalion [1908-1940]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/4th Battalion (Pioneers) [1914-1919]
4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
2/4th Battalion [1939-1943, 1945-1947]
2/5th Battalion (Pioneers) [1914-1918]
5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
6th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
7th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
7th Battalion [1940-1946]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
8th Battalion [1940-1943]
9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
9th Battalion [1940-1946]
10th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
11th (Service) Battalion (St. Helens Pioneers) [1914-1919]
12th (Service) Battalion [1915-1916]
13th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
14th Battalion [1917-1919]
15th (Transport Workers) Battalion [1916-1919]
16th (Transport Workers) Battalion [1917-1919]
17th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
18th (Service) Battalion [1918-1918]
30th Battalion [1941-1943]
50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
[combined battle honours of 40th Regiment and 82nd Regiment, plus:]

Louisburg1, Martinique 17622, Havannah2, St. Lucia 17782, Corunna3,Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

Great War [20 battalions]: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Messines 1914 '17 '18, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17 '18, Nonne Bosschen, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Mount Sorrel4, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Bazentin, Pozières, Guillemont, Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917 '18, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Drocourt Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18, Suvla, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1916, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916-18, Baluchistan 1918

Afghanistan 1919

Second World War:  Dunkirk 1940, Normandy Landing, Odon, Bourguébus Ridge, Troarn, Falaise, Venraij, Rhineland, Hochwald, Bremen, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Madagascar, Middle East 1942, North Arakan, Mayu Tunnels, Kohima, Meiktila, Nyaungu Bridgehead, Letse, Irrawaddy, Sittang 1945, Burma 1943-45

1. awarded 1882 for service of 40th Regiment.
2. awarded 1909 for services of 40th Regiment.
3. awarded 1908 for service of 82nd Regiment.
4. awarded in error and withdrawn 1925.

flag construction sign
Badges: construction sign
Uniform: 1881-1933: scarlet; facings: white
1933-1953: scarlet; facings: buff
1953-1958: blue; facings: buff; piping: buff
headdress: construction sign
1923.02.09 F.M. HM King Edward VIII
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Augustus Halifax Ferryman, CB [also R Irish Fus]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. William Samuel Newton
1889.10.17 Gen. Sir Henry Bates, KCB [also Norfolk Regt]
1893.03.03 Lt-Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox-Pitt-Rivers
1900.05.05 Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick Richard Solly-Flood, KCB
1909.11.26 Maj-Gen. Euston Henry Sartorius, VC, CB
1921.05.01 Maj-Gen. Arthur Solly-Flood, CB, CMG, DSO [also 4th/7th Dgn Gds]
1940.11.15 Gen. Sir Harry Beauchamp Douglas Baird, KCB, CMG, CIE, DSO [also 4th Bn, 5th Mahratta LI]
1948.01.01 Maj-Gen. Edmund Charles Beard, CB, CBE, MC
1957.10.07 Brig. Joseph Henry Whalley-Kelly, CBE [to 1958]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the South Lancashire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Ich dien
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: Warrington (17 Sep. 1947)
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Princess of Wales's Own Regiment
Canada flag The Annapolis Regiment
Canada flag The West Nova Scotia Regiment 1936-1958
Australia flag 40th Infantry Battalion (The Derwent Regiment) 1930-1945,
Australia flag 12th/40th Infantry Battalion (The Tasmania Regiment) 1948-1952
New Zealand flag 9th (Wellington East Coast) Regiment
New Zealand flag The Hawke's Bay Regiment 1921-1958
swords [no external sites have been found]
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:
Regimental chronicle.
Full Histories:
book construction sign
Downham, John. Red roses on the Veldt : Lancashire Regiments in the Boer War, 1899-1902. Lancaster : Carnegie Pub., 2000. ISBN: 1859360750
Short Histories:
book construction sign


book construction sign


book construction sign

First World War:

book construction sign

Second World War:

book construction sign