The East Lancashire Regiment [UK]
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The  East Lancashire Regiment
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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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:
1958.07.01 amalgamated with The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
The East Lancashire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The East Lancashire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    30th Regimental District at Burnley [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 (5th Royal Lancashire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1953]
  4th Battalion [planned 1881 but not formed]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  2nd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1921, 1939-1958]
  4th/5th Battalion [1921-1939]
  5th Battalion [1908-1921]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1918]
  4th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1919]
  2/5th Battalion [1914-1918]
  5th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  5th Battalion [1939-1947]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  7th Battalion [1940-1941]
  8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  8th Battalion [1940-1941]
  9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  10th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) [1914-1919]
  12th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1916]
  13th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
  30th Battalion [1941-1943]
[combined battle honours of 30th Regiment and 59th Regiment, plus:]

Gibraltar 1704-051, Belleisle2, Chitral, South Africa 1900-02

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

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

1.  Granted 1909 for services of 30th Regiment.
2.  Granted 1951 for services of 30th Regiment.

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: 1881-1953: scarlet; facings: white
1953-1958: blue; facings: white; piping: white
headdress: construction sign
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir George Vaughan Maxwell, KCB
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Henry Eyre
1889.04.11 Gen. Sir Edmund Augustus Whitmore, KCB
1890.12.15 Lt-Gen. Thomas Henry Pakenham, CB
1913.02.21 Lt-Gen. Sir Percy Henry Noel Lake, KCB, KCMG
1920.05.20 Maj-Gen. Sir Cecil Lothian Nicholson, KCB, CMG
1932.12.24 F.M. Sir John Greer Dill, GCB, CMG, DSO [also Col. Cmdt. Para Rgt; CIGS]
1944.11.06 Maj-Gen. Hugh Tennent MacMullen, CB, CBE, MC
1946.01.01 Brig. James Willie Pendlebury, DSO, MC
1956.01.01 Maj-Gen. William Harold Lambert, CB, CBE [continued 1958 in Lancs Rgt]
vc Victoria Crosses [East Lancs Regt], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).  
vc VCs in the Queen's Lancashire Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Spectemur agendo
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: Somme (18 June)
Freedoms: Blackburn (17 Apr. 1948), Burnley (6 June 1953)
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Australia flag 59th Battalion (The Hume Regiment) 1926-1951,
swords [no external sites have been found]
monument Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
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)
monument Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
book 1st Bn: The XXX.
book 2nd Bn: The lilywhite gazette.
book East Lancashire regimental journal. Vol. 1. no. 1 (Feb. 1931)-v. 8. no. 5 (Sep. 1939 ; new series, Vol. 1. no. 1 (Jan. 1955)-v. 4. no. 16 (Dec. 1958). Aldershot, 1931-1939; Preston, 1955-1958.
Full Histories:
book James. F.M. Annals of the "Five and Nine" : being the history of H.M. 59th Regiment (2nd Nottinghamshire), now the Second Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. Poona : S. Shalom & Bros., 1906.
book Lewis, A. S. (Adrian Steven). The Lilywhite 59th : the 2nd Nottinghamshire & 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. Blackburn : Published for the East Lancashire Regiment Museum by Blackburn Recreation Services Dept., 1985.
book Downham, John. Red roses on the Veldt : Lancashire Regiments in the Boer War, 1899-1902. Lancaster : Carnegie Pub., 2000. ISBN: 1859360750
Short Histories:
book History of the East Lancashire Regiment, XXX and LIX, 1702-1902. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1919.
book A pictorial souvenir and history of the first battalion the East Lancashire Regiment, (late 30th Foot), Poona, India, 1929 : Lieut.-Colonel W.J. Cranston, D.S.O., commanding. Blackburn : T.H.C.L., 2003. ISBN: 0948494913
book Wood, F.W. The recruits' history of the regiment : the East Lancashire Regiment. Preston : [s.n.], 1927.
book 1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment, Saar plebiscite, 1935. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1935.
book Wood, F.W.; Green, R.E.D. The East Lancashire Regiment, a short history of the regiment, with additions for the Great War. Preston : T. Snape & Co., 1938.
book A short history of the East Lancashire Regiment. Preston : T. Snape & Co., 1952.

First World War:

book Nicholson, Cecil Lothian, Sir. History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War 1914-1918. Liverpool : Littlebury Bros., 1936.
book Edward Campbell. Spectamur agendo: 1st Battalion, the East Lancashire Regiment, August and September, 1914. [Cambridge, Eng.] Privately printed (Heffer & Sons), 1926.
book Turner, William. Accrington Pals trail. Barnsley : Cooper, 1998. (Battleground Europe) ISBN: 0850526361
book Turner, William. The "Accrington Pals" : the 11th (Service) Battalion, (Accrington), East Lancashire Regiment : a pictorial history. [Preston] : Lancashire Library, 1986. ISBN: 0902228587 (pbk)
book Turner, William. Pals : the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment. Barnsley : Wharnecliffe Pub., 1991. ISBN: 0950789240
book Turner, William. The Accrington Pals : the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment : a pictorial history. 2nd ed. Preston : Lancashire County Books, 1992. ISBN: 1871236169 (pbk)
book Turner, William. Pals : the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington), East Lancashire Regiment. [new ed.] Barnsley : Pen & Sword, 1998. ISBN: 0850523605
book Garwood, John M. Chorley pals. [s.l. : s.n.] [Y Company, 11th Battalion]

Second World War:

book Burden, G.W.P.N. (ed.) History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the War, 1939-1945. Manchester : H. Rawson, 1953.
book Pendlebury, J.W. 1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment, France 1940. 2nd ed. Ringwood : Brown & So, 1946.
Special Topics:
book Walsh, R. R. (R. Raymond) ; Walsh Jean M. East Lancashire Regiment: list of cemeteries and the number of East Lancashire soldiers at rest in each of them : Part one, 1914 to 1918 ; Part two, 1939 to 1945. Blackburn : T.H.C.L. Books, 1999. ISBN: 0948494832
book Walsh, R. R. (R. Raymond) ; Walsh, Jean M. Roll of honour the Great War 1914-1918 : the East Lancashire Regiment (covers the period 1914 to 1921). Blackburn : T.H.C.L. Books, 1999. ISBN: 094849476X
book Walsh, R. R. (R. Raymond) ; Walsh, Jean M. The inauguration and dedication of the memorial to all members of The East Lancashire Regiment Who Fell on 12th August 1944, in the Attack on the village of Bois Halbout, and to all others who fell elsewhere, for 1939 to 1945 in North-West Europe. Blackburn : THCL, 1998. 0948494743
book Walsh, R. R. (R. Raymond). Roll of honour 1939-1945 : East Lancashire Regiment. Blackburn, T.H.C.L. Books, 1998. 0948494727