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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action (KIA) in France and three more men (including the Bn. Adjutant) die of wounds (DOW) sustained earlier. The 2nd Battalion had one man DOW that were inflicted during the Battle of Tanga the day before.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

1st Battalion

Battalion War Diary

4th November 1914- Captain and Adjutant Allen was wounded by shrapnel which burst in HQ. I think this is the heaviest shrapnel and other artillery fire we have as yet had to put up with since the commencement of the War.

5ht November 1914 – It is with deep regret we hear of the death of Capt J. F. Allen who died of his wounds at 01:30 AM this morning. He was much beloved and admired by the whole Regiment. He allowed himself no rest and the capable manner in which he took over the adjutancy under most trying circumstances after the Battle of the Aisne enabled the Battalion to maintain its efficiency.

Captain JOHN FRANCIS ALLEN Mentioned in Despatches (DOW)jfallen

11093 Corporal THOMAS BOARDMAN (DOW)
1761 Private JAMES CARSON (DOW)

2nd Battalion

The Battle of Tanga (A.K.A The Battle of the Bees)

The Battle of Tanga was an unsuccessful attack by the British Indian Expeditionary Force “B” under Major General A.E. Aitken to capture German East Africa in concert with the invasion Force “C” near Longido on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the first major event of the war in German East Africa and saw the British defeated by a significantly smaller force of German Askaris and colonial volunteers.

At noon on 4th November 1914, Aitken ordered his troops to march on the city. Well concealed defenders quickly broke up their advance. The fighting then turned to jungle skirmishing by the southern contingent and bitter street fighting by the harbor force. The Gurkhas of the Kashmiri Rifles and the 2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment of the harbour contingent made good progress and entered the town, captured the customs house and Hotel Deutscher Kaiser and ran up the Union Jack. But then the advance was stopped. Less well trained and equipped Indian battalions of the 27th Bangalore Brigade scattered and ran away from the battle. The 98th Infantry were attacked by swarms of angry bees and broke up. The bees attacked the Germans as well, hence the battle’s nickname.


“Battle of Tanga, 3rd-5th November, 1914” (Germans on the left, British on the right). Martin Frost (1875-1927).


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 288 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 2
1/5th Battalion: 3

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 1
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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