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.