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The Lancashire Fusiliers was a British infantry regiment that was amalgamated with other Fusilier regiments in 1968 to form the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Some of the Regiments most famous soldiers are Edward Cornwallis, James Wolfe, John Parr, Robert Ross and J. R. R. Tolkien.


The Lancashire Fusiliers raised seventeen battalions for service in the Second World War.

1st Battalion

After recovering its numbers from the First World War the battalion spent the interwar years based in various garrisons around the British Empire. In 1939 the battalion was based in India. During the Burma Campaign the 1st Battalion fought with various units until 1943 when it became a Chindit formation with the 77th Indian Brigade under Brig. Orde Wingate. The battalion was involved in both major Chindit operations suffering many casualties before the war ended.

1st/5th Battalion

In 1941 this Territorial Army (TA) Battalion was converted to armour as 108th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (Lancashire Fusiliers). Units converted in this way continued to wear their infantry cap badge on the black beret of the RAC.

1st/6th Battalion

In 1941 this TA Battalion was converted to armour as 109th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps.

1st/8th Battalion

This TA battalion began the war in 125th Brigade, but while in France with the British Expeditionary Force it exchanged into the Regular 2nd Infantry Division.During Battle of France, the 1/8th Lancashire Fusiliers, along with battalions of the Royal Norfolks and the Royal Scots, were overrun on 26–27 May 1940 around the village of Locon, 2 kilometres north of Bethune by advancing German troops. Several massacres of Allied prisoners took place shortly thereafter, primarily by the German SS Totenkopf Division. Later the battalion served in the Burma Campaign.

2nd Battalion

The last surviving member of the 2nd Battalion, Wallace Jackson, died on Thursday 12 November 2009 aged 89 years.

2nd/5th Battalion

This Second-Line TA Battalion was part of the 197th Brigade, once again the Second-Line duplicate of 125th (Lancashire Fusilier) Brigade. It served in 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division (also known as the Pit-head Division) which was formed in 1939. They first saw action in early July 1944 at Malon on North West outskirts of Caen as part of Operation Charnwood. They also took part in Operation Pomegranate and the battles on the Orne River. Of all the Companies in this Battalion B Company stood out for the most Officers killed (in just two months B Company lost three Commanding Officers, and ALL Officers on a company attack just outside of Vendes). However, by the 26th of August 1944, the 59th division was disbanded in order to provide replacements for other Regiments, and the Companies of the Battalion were dispatched to different Divisions in France.

2nd/6th Battalion

This Second-Line TA Battalion was part of 197th Brigade in 59th (Staffordshire) Division until 1942.

2nd/8th Battalion

This Second-Line TA Battalion began the war in 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division and later transferred to 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division. It did not eave the UK.

7th Battalion

In 1936 this TA battalion was converted into 39th (The Lancashire Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Engineers, based in Salford. In the summer of 1940, while serving in 53 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, covering the North Midlands, it was transferred to the Royal Artillery. In May 1943 it converted back to infantry as 7th Lancashire Fusiliers

9th Battalion

This battalion was raised in 1940 and in 1941 was converted to armour as 143rd Regiment Royal Armoured Corps.

10th Battalion

This battalion was raised in 1940 and served for a year in 208th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home). In 1942 it was shipped to India and fought in the Arakan Campaign 1942-1943 as part of 7th Indian Infantry Division.

11th Battalion

This battalion was raised in 1940and served in the garrison of Malta during the Siege. In August 1944 it transferred to 1st Division in Italy, where it took part in the fighting on the Gothic Line. Early in 1945 it was transferred to Palestine



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