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The following pages are new or have been updated.
Added to the website: Crimean Regimental Lion on rock from Sebastopol. Nov 2017
The museum's Annual Report for 2016-17 has been added to the website. Nov 2017.
A brief report on the Exploration Day, 30th September 2017.
August 2017 has seen lots of additions to our website, including digital copies of letters, photographs of cemeteries and graves, colour images from slides and transparencies in the museum's collection. These are spread throughout our website.
We're adding photographs of Second World War Graves to the website. Added Jul 2017
The accidental death of Private James Heaton, December 1919. Added Jun 2017
Information from the 2017 Exhibition, Boomtown, From Front Line to White Lund. Added Jun 2017.
Pages on regimental history and heroic deeds reported in Comics. Added Jun 2017
Photographs of the Regimental Depot, Bowerham Barracks, in the 1920s and 1930s. Added Mar 2017
Listing of books in the museum's collection. Added Jan 2017.
Records of General Court Martial held in India in the 1840s. Added Jan 2017
Read about Private John Henry Rutter who missed out on a Victoria Cross in the First World War. Jan 2017.
New Events for 2017 have been added. Dec 2016
List of residents in 1933 of the War Memorial Village, Lancaster. Added Dec 2016
Roads of Remembrance Committee Plaque to Captain Ralph D’Albini Morrell, of the 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Added Dec 2016
The Museum's Annual Report for 2015-16 has just been published. Added Nov 2016.
Details of the now complete Recommissioned project. Added Nov 2016
Scrap album relating to Chaplain Kevin Wilson, who was Padre to the 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment circa 1917-1918. Added Oct 2016
Material relating to Private Herbert J Royle, 2nd Battalion, King's Own, 1944. Added Oct 2016.
Material relating to Sergeant William Wilson Rennie, 1st King's Own, 1930s-Second World War. Added Oct 2016.
Material relating to Private James Hall, number 240507, 1st/5th King's Own. Added Oct 2016
Material relating to Private Archie Roddis, number 15884, 8th King’s Own. Added Aug 2016
Photo of Private Percy Harper, 2nd/5th Battalion, King's Own, First World War. Added Aug 2016
Material relating to 2nd Lieutenant George Rowland Paget Howson, 1st Battalion, King’s Own, First World War. Added Aug 2016.
Text from the 141 Days: The Battle of the Somme Exhibition. Added Aug 2016.
Material relating to Lance Corporal Alfred John Ling, number 26816, 7th Battalion, King’s Own, First World War. Added Jun 2016
Material relating to Private William Lawson Wright, number 4433 & 241832, 2nd/5th Battalion, King’s Own, First World War. Added Jun 2016
Pen and ink sketch of an unknown Captain of the King's Own, 1941. Added Jan 2016
Album of unknown soldier in Hong Kong, 1954-55. Added Nov 2015.
Photographs of Drummer James Lord in Hong Kong, 1954-55. Added Nov 2015.
Photographs from Private Jack Ellel in Germany and Korea, 1953-55. Added Nov 2015.
Items relating to Captain Albert Holland, 8th Battalion, King's Own, First World War. Added Oct 2015.
Photograph of Colour Sergeant William Breen and his wife is acquired to go with his medals already in the collection. Added Oct 2015.
Collection of Private Henry George Crook, 2nd Battalion, King's Own, 1934-1940. Added Oct 2015.
The Museums Annual report has just been published: Annual Report 2014-2015 Added Oct 2015
Photographs of Lance Corporal Charles Smith who served 1957-1959 in Barnard Castle, Kenya and Aden. Added Aug 2015.
Collection relating to Colour Sergeant Albert Hawkins, Depot & 1st King's Own, 1920s-1940s. Added Aug 2015.
Collection of Lance Corporal Sidney Cartmell, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own, First World War. Added Jul 2015.
Information and grave of Colonel Henry Moore, King's Own. Added Jul 2015.
Material relating to Sergeant Danny Cross of the King's Own Royal Regiment, Special Air Service and King's Own Royal Border Regiment. Added Jul 2015
Material relating to Private Henry John Pidgeon, number 25661, 9th, 3rd and 1st/4th King's Own, First World War. Added Jul 2015.
Photographs and documents relating to the service of Private Edward Wildman, 2nd Battalion, King's Own, Second World War. Added June 2015.
Additional information on Lieutenant Thomas Charles Victor Todd, 5th Battalion, King's Own, Second World War including material as prisoner of war after May 1940. Added June 2015.
Postcards and information on Private Tom Walton, 5th Battalion King's Own. Added June 2015.
Album of photographs of Signaller Thomas Venterman, 3707487, 1st Battalion, King's Own, Egypt and Sudan 1930. Added May 2015.
The letters of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan have been fully transcribed and added to our website. May 2015
Collection of postcards and photographs from Private Tom Willetts, 4th and 2nd/5th Battalions, First World War. Added Apr 2015.
We have expanded the 1914 news section with more accounts of life in Lancaster District in 1914. A whole series of articles, accounts and letters also tell the soldiers' story of the life and actions of the 1st Battalion in 1914.
First World War advertisements for sweet heart badges and cap badges etc.
The museum's opening hours will change from the 1st February 2015.
From Sunday 1st February 2015 Lancaster City Museum and the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum will open on Sundays from 10am to 5pm, but close on Mondays. The opening times will be Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
365 photographs of India, Palestine and Egypt from the albums of Sergeant Ernest Hilton. Added Dec 2014.
The text and photographs from our WAR! 1914 Exhibition. Added Dec 2014
The 2013-14 Annual Report has been published. Added Nov 2014.
Collection relating to Sergeant John Thomas Riley Beresford, Second World War. Added Oct 2014.
Account by Major Matson on the action at the Battle of the Somme. Added Oct 2014.
Details of Private Edmond Lombardi, the inventor of Appletizer. Added Oct 2014.
Collection relating to Private John Wilkinson, 4th Battalion, who died in January 1915. Added Aug 2014
Stop Press News: Lancaster City Museum buys rare Silver Edward Medal
Photo galleries for South African War 1899-1902. Added Jul 2014
East African Railways, Kenya, knife, fork, menu and tickets. Added Jun 2014.
Latrine/toilet paper and rations information. Added Jun 2014.
Worsley Family photographs and items. Added Jun 2014.
Autograph album of officers of the 1st/4th Battalion, King's Own, April/May 1915. Added May 2014.
Gradwell Cup Medal to Gunner E J T McCalmont. Added May 2014.
Documents relating to Lance Corporal Herbert Dunkley, 1st Battalion, First World War. Added May 2014.
Medals and documents of Private Edwin Seddon, including a Bickerstaffe Parish Medal. Added May 2014.
The Hara Mura Star. Added May 2014.
Soldiers died of the 1st Battalion, August to December 1914. Added Apr 2014.
The poem "Just like Clutterbuck!" 26th August 1914. Added Apr 2014
Account of the action at Le Cateau, 26th August 1914. Added Apr 2014
New letters are being added to the Colonel Charles Bevan pages. Added Mar 2014.
Photographs of Standfast and Barracks, Caton Road, Lancaster, to compare with the site in August 1914.
Sports medals of Warrant Officer Class 2 John Bamford, number 3701381, 1st King's Own. Added Dec 2013.
Collection of Sergeants Mess plate. Added Dec 2013
Photographs of some of the regimental graves in Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq. Added Nov 2013.
Photographs of the regimental graves in Nicosia War Cemetery. Added Nov 2013
Photographs of the Greek island of Leros including the cemetery. Added Nov 2013.
Photographs of 2nd Battalion, King's Own in Palestine, 1938-39. Added Nov 2013.
Photos of Graves in Aldershot Military Cemetery. Added Nov 2013
Photos from the album of Private Harry Burrow, 1st/5th King's Own, 1914-15. Added Nov 2013
Photos from the albums of Private George Smith, 1st and 2nd King's Own, 1926-1933. Added Nov 2013.
Photo gallery page 'Sons of the Regiment' started. Added Nov 2013
Information on the Golden Roll of Honour. Added Nov 2013
The 2012/13 Annual Report has been published. Added Oct 2013
Photographs and information on Springfield Barracks, Lancaster. Added Sep 2013
Photographs and information on the use of the land along side Caton Road, Lancaster, in the First World War. Added Sep 2013
Photograph and information on 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Edward Pennington DCM. Added Sep 2013
Hockey Medal awarded to Lance Corporal Frederick Weaver. Added Sep 2013
Account of the 1st Battalion on the Greek Island of Leros, November 1943. Added Sep 2013.
Memorial to Private James Booth, 8th King's Own, 1917 in Burnley Cemetery. Added Sep 2013.
The Story of Lieutenant Francis Maguire and the Forlorn Hope at San Sebastian. Added Aug 2013
Collection of postcards of places where the 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own was billeted or served on the Western Front. Added Aug 2013
Photos of Private Robert Duncan, Depot, King's Own, 1957-59. Added Aug 2013.
Photos of Trooping the Colour, 1st King's Own, Shorncliffe, 1924. Added Aug 2013.
Collection of photos, 1st King's Own, Southern India, late 1930s. Added Aug 2013.
Collection of Private John E Davies, number 3710556, 2nd and 1st King's Own, circa 1934-39. Added Aug 2013.
Photos of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of the Raising of the Regiment. Added Aug 2013.
Restoration of 1799 Colour at Yately, July 1927. Added Aug 2013.
Photo collection of Private G A Abbot, 1st King's Own, 1920s. Added Aug 2013.
Collection of photos relating to Lieutenant A S Latham, 1st/4th King's Own as prisoner of war, First World War. Added Aug 2013
Photographs in the collection of Private John Leslie Wiggins, number 3711355, 1st King's Own, 1936-40. Added Aug 2013
Photograph collection of Private Patrick James Dolan, number 3708566, 1st King's Own, 1930s. Added Aug 2013.
Events in August and September. Added Jul 2013
Collection of items relating to the 1st/4th Battalion, 55th West Lancashire Division and the service of Lieutenant Thomas Henry Charles William Pritchard MC, in the First World War. Added Jun 2013
Items relating to the service of Private John Baines, MM, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own. Added Jun 2013
More than 230 photographs from the Album of Charles Leslie Roberts of the 7th and 10th Battalions of the King's Own and Machine Gun Corps, which includes photographs of the King's Own at Tidworth, and School of Musketry at Hayling Island and Machine Gun Corps at Grantham. Added Jun 2013
Details of Remembrance Service to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Campaign in Leros. Added Jun 2013
Collection of Sergeant Frederick Winterburn, 1st King's Own and 159 Railway Construction Company, 1931 to Second World War. Added June 2013
Information on and exhibits relating to Private John Willshaw, 1st/4th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, First World War. Added June 2013
Photo of Private James Herbert Wright, 9th Battalion, King's Own, First World War. Added June 2013
Collection of Captain Geoffrey Randall, 56th Anti-Tank Regiment RA TA, Second World War. Added May 2013
Collection of Sergeant John Lacy Rowlandson, King's Own and 107th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps 1928-1946. Added May 2013.
Collection of items from Joe Hodgson. Added May 2013
Information on the 55th West Lancashire Division. Added February 2013
The diary of Lance Corporal Robert Higginson, 1st/5th King's Own, First World War. Added February 2013
The entire collection of photographs of the 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own 1914-1916 in Major Fawcett's collection:
Photos from an album from Ripon Army Camp, First World War. Added January 2013
The majority of the photographs in the collection of Sir Thomas Harley, who served with the 9th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, during the First World War. Added January 2013.
Our new modern army display. Added January 2013.
List of The Lion and The Rose in the museum's collection. Added January 2013.
Postcards sent home by Sergeant John Miles Read, 1st/5th King's Own, in the First World War. Added January 2013.
Images from "Reminiscences of the War, 2nd Battalion, The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, 1914-1918" by Lieutenant Colonel Bois, complied from his notes, illustrations & photographs in 1937 added: Page One - France; Page Two - Egypt & Salonika; Page Three - Salonika. Added January 2013.
Photographs from the Collection of Bandsman Thomas Hunt, Trieste, Italy & Austria, 1946-47. Added December 2012
Over two hundred images from an album covering the 2nd Battalion in the First World War have been added. Added December 2012
New section added to Photo Gallery: Depot, Peace and Medal Presentations, 1919. Added December 2012
More details about the War Memorial Village, Westfield, Lancaster. Added December 2012
Photographs relating to Colour Sergeant John Preston of the volunteers and 4th Battalion, King's Own, who served between 1897 and 1917. Added December 2012.
Photographs and information about Private Harold Gordon Cooper, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own, First World War and Post Office Home Guard, Second World War. Added December 2012
Photographs from the album of Corporal William Alfred Morris, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own, 1914 onwards. Added November 2012.
Photographs of Private James Radcliffe Mawson, son of Thomas Mawson a landscape architect whose book 'An Imperial Obligation' spoke of 'homes for heroes' an idea from which Westfield War Memorial village grew. Added November 2012.
Visit of Lord Roberts to Lancaster, July 1904. Added November 2012.
Photo Gallery of King's Own Royal Border Regiment, 1959-2006 started. Added November 2012
More photographs have been added to various pages through out the website, bringing up to date new acquisitions etc. Added November 2012
The Museum's Annual Report for 2011-2012 has just been published. Added October 2012
Letters and recollections of the Crimean War by Major James Paton. Added September 2012
Useful Military Definitions and Abbreviations from 1918. Added September 2012
Maps of the Abyssinian Campaign, 1868. Added August 2012
The Mysterious Story of King Theodore's Drum of Gold. Added August 2012
Following on from the donation of his medals, the museum has now received (from a car boot sale in Yorkshire!) a commemorative plate to Lance Corporal William Rossall, 1st/5th King's Own. Added August 2012
Gallery of photographs of regimental graves and memorials. Added August 2012
Railway tickets. Added August 2012
Fortnum and Mason's Jubilee 2012 Tin. Added August 2012
Full record of acquisitions from 1929 showing basic details of items acquired and details of donor etc. Added August 2012.
Account of Spion Kop by Private Cosgrove. Added July 2012.
Photographs of unknown soldiers of the Regiment. Added July 2012.
Message in a bottle, August 1914. Added July 2012
Some of the pages have been re-organised and new medals have been listed, including decorations and foreign awards. Added Jun 2012
War Memorial Group at Westfield War Memorial Village. Added Jun 2012.
Check out our Events in August and September. Added Jun 2012
Photo Gallery: Royal Connections to the King's Own. Added Jun 2012
Account by William Moss of the action on Leros, November 1943. Added Jun 2012
'Abyssinia' silver piece. Added Apr 2012
Boer War Biscuit. Added Apr 2012
Gifts sent home by soldiers - Private Ernest Hodgson, from Hong Kong, 1955-56 Added Apr 2012
Photos of the visit of HRH Prince of Wales to Barrow in Furness, July 1927. Added Apr 2012
War trophies at Lancaster Castle in the 1920s and 1930s. Added Apr 2012
Puggarree Badges of the King's Own. Added Apr 2012
Cap badges of the Regiment. Added Apr 2012.
Details of the Rangoon War Memorial. Added Mar 2012
Information on The Colours of the Regiment. Added Mar 2012
Information on Soldiers of the Regiment:
The King's Own - The National Service Years 1945-1959 Special Exhibition. Added Nov 2011
Storey of Lancaster's Roll of Honour. Added Nov 2011
Photograph of the SS Saturnia. Added Nov 2011
The Museum's Annual Report for the year 2010/11 has just been published. Added Nov 2011
Over one hundred black and white illustrations of regimental uniform by Mrs LI Cowper represent the uniform of the King's Own, Militia and Volunteers between 1680 and 1910. Added Oct 2011
holders in the King's Own Royal Regiment. Added
The museum has now re-opened (25th January 2011) following the
planned temporary closure whilst ceiling repairs and redecoration took
place. Come along to our refreshed gallery!
Photographs of post-war Ypres and area, circa 1919. Added Jan 2011
A Soldier of the 4th Foot, 1842. Added Dec 2010
The Story of Douglas and Eva Blake. Added Sep 2010
Boy Scouts on
Imperial Service, an exhibition to mark the Centenary of the
Lonsdale District Scouts. Added May 2010.
Photos of the 2nd Battalion in Jersey
1908-12. Added October 2008
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