Happy Lancashire Day!

Having a wife from the fine county of Lancashire, I could hardly ignore this special day – even though it took BBC Radio to tell me that such a day actually existed! Still, it’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves of the contribution of Lancashire’s many splendid regiments to the British Salonika Force.

  • 2nd Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) – 83rd Brigade, 28th Division
  • 9th (Service) Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) – 65th Brigade, 22nd Division
  • 12th (Service) Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers – 65th Brigade, 22nd Division
  • 9th Service Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment – 65th Brigade, 22nd Division
  • 9th Service Battalion, Prince of Wales’s (South Lancashire Regiment) – 66th Brigade, 22nd Division
  • 12th (Pioneers), Loyal North Lancashire Regiment – 26th Division Pioneers
  • 13th (Service) Battalion, Manchester Regiment – 66th Brigade, 22nd Division
  • 1st Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment – 83rd Brigade, 28th Division

In case you are wondering, Greater Manchester was not created until 1974, so most of the city was in Lancashire before then. If we also consider the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) – 14th (Service) and 2nd (Garrison) Battalions – and the Cheshire Regiment – 2nd and 12th (Service) Battalions – we can see that the north-west made a considerable contribution to the BSF.

Band of the 12th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers at Daudli, summer 1916.
Band of the 12th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers at Daudli, summer 1916. © IWM HU 82014

Author: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

2 thoughts on “Happy Lancashire Day!”

  1. My Grandfather Robert Thornley was in the 12th service battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. France in 1915, shipped to Salonika then back to France for 1918. He never spoke to me about his service. Died in the late 70’s. I was born in 1958 and spent a lot of time with him but Salonika was never mentioned. He was born in 1896 in Little Hulton, Bolton Lancs from a mining family. Father Samuel Thornley, brother John who died in a mining roof collapse in 1906. My Grandfather worked for LMS railways until his retirement.

    1. Dear John, thank you for sharing this story of your grandfather. Many men never mentioned their service to family members, either because of painful memories or just that it was something they had done ‘back then’ and thought no one would be interested (or would understand) in later years. They were only really happy talking about the old days with former comrades. My grandfather did talk a bit about his wartime service, but was much happier telling stories of his pre-war soldiering.

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