The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) was an infantry regiment of the British Army.
It was formed, as a consequence of defence cuts implemented in the late 1950s, by the amalgamation of the 1st Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment and 1st Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) on 1 July 1958, forming the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers).
The Regiment was first based in Hong Kong where both of its predecessor regiments had been based when they amalgamated. In 1961 the Regiment arrived in Hilden, West Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine. The Regiment arrived in Swaziland in late 1964, shortly after Swaziland’s first-ever elections. The Regiment remained in that country until early the following year when it returned to Britain, being based in Catterick.
In 1967 the Lancashires arrived in Aden in the Middle East a number of months before Aden gained independence from the British Empire. The Regiment saw active involvement in the efforts to quell the numerous guerillas, some of which were Egyptian-backed, and sustained a number of casualties in the process. During their tour of Aden the Regiment accumulated the largest amount of operational awards given to units that participated in the Aden Crisis. The Regiment left Aden two months before it gained its independence on 30 November. In 1968 the Regiment was posted to the garrison in Malta. The following year the Lancashires again returned home to the UK.
On 25 March 1970, after a relatively brief existence, the Regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), to form the 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.
Memories of Lancashire Regiment
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
1st Battlion East Lancashire Regiment in 1939
Written by Nancy Eastwood
Anyone, veteran remember being stationed at Belsay Hall at Ponteland Northumberland. Near Newcastle-Upon Tyne.
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, in 1958
Written by Roy Dawson-Savage
Bugle Practice on the main field at the Ipoh Barracks, I recall that occasionally we would swap our Bugles for the Cavalry Trumpets that the Ghurkas used and that were much easier to blow.
Running up a huge bill at the Charwallahs
for cold very weak orange juice and Egg Banjo’s that decimated my wages at weekend.
Dressing in Whites and using the Silver Drums From the Officers Mess for a Queens Birthday Parade or Regimental parade on the field.
Watching the head of Schofield’s Tenor Drum Stick Sail over the heads of the Officers as they sat on their Dias for a regimental parade!
Seeing men cry on because they were leaving their mates as they boarded the trucks on the MT park to take them to singapore for demob
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, in 1956
Written by John Varley
No doubt whatsoever! sailng into Singapore, and seeing thousands of SPARROWS flying around. Never dreamed that they would be half way round the world.
, Queens Lancashire Regiment, Northern Ireland 1987 in 1987
Written by Shaun Metcalfe