Private John Chadbond – 1st Battalion

We are researching the stories of the soldiers that served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the First World War. This website is a place to share the stories and preserve the memory of these men. We will also include other articles of interest about the Regiment during the War of 1914-18.

We are researching soldiers from all Battalions of the Loyal North Lancs Regiment in WW1.

If you have an interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during WW1, would like help researching your own ancestors, or have any other comments about the website please get in touch.

To date we have published 1,428 articles and biographies of Loyal North Lancashire Regiment soldiers who served during the period 1914 – 18 and have received 1,025 comments from our readers. We are working hard to ensure that these brave men are not forgotten, and as always we appreciate your support.

Interpreting LNL Photographs

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A guide to understanding the details found within photos of Loyal North Lancashire Regiment soldiers. This resource will help you date your photos, identify which Battalion a soldier was in and reveal other important information based on what may appear to be the smallest of details.

Your Photos & Information Wanted

The main aim of this website is to give family members a place to remember their ancestors. If you have information, photographs or stories about soldiers of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment please contact us and we will publish them here creating a lasting memorial in their memory.


15954 Serjeant Joseph Daly of the 9th Battalion.

The portrait of 15954 Serjeant Joseph Daly (9th Battalion) was submitted by a family member in March 2014. Joseph Daly was born in Glasgow and enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Manchester. Joseph was mortally wounded on the 7th June 1917 during the capture of Messines Ridge and died the next day. He was buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord.

The photo below was taken during the farewell concert performed by the band of the 4th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston Market Place on 12th August 1914. The 1st Battalion were leaving for Le Havre (France), they landed the next day.

Preston Market Place, August 12, 1914


Regimental History 1914 – 1919

by Colonel H. C. Wylly

The Regiment served in virtually every theatre – the Western Front; Gallipoli; Egypt; Palestine; East Africa and Macedonia; – and this book tells the story of them all. The First Battalion of the regiment were in at the first – taking part in the defence of Ypres at Langemarck and Gheluvelt; and were in at the finish – participating in the breaking of the Hindenburg LIne. In between, they fought at the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge in 1915; the Somme in 1916; and the battles of Arras and Passchendaele in 1917. The 2nd Battalion was sent to East Africa and took part in the disastrous attack on Tanga and the subsequent frustrating campaign against that guerrilla leader of genius, General Von Lettow-Vorbeck. Towards the end of the war, the battalion served in Egypt, Palestine and on the western front. The regiment’s 1st/4th and 2nd/4th (territorial) battalions fought at Festubert in 1915 and then on the Somme and in the Ypres salient and Passchendale, and took part in the breaking of the Hindenburg line. A comprehensive, plain and unvarnished history of the regiment’s huge contribution to the world war, this book, fully illustrated with maps and photos, and with appendices covering awards, uniforms, colours and honours, is a book that all lovers of Lancashire and all interested in the history of the Great War will treasure.  Available Now from


A group of soldiers of the 4th Battalion

We are keen to find more photographs and postcards of soldiers from the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. If you have any pictures that we can use in our gallery please let us know.



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