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First World War

1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

4 August 1914

Mobilised for service at Dover, England with the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division
The first shots of the war - The Drummers in Dover
Message from the King
Lord Kitchener's Advice to Troops

23 August 1914

Arrived in France at Boulogne on board SS Saturnia
Message in bottle

August 1914

Retreat from Mons

26 August 1914

Battle of Le Cateau
Captain Henry Clutterbuck at the battle.
Soldier's Stories as reported in Lancaster newspapers

7-10 September 1914

Battle of The Marne

12-15 September 1914

Battle of The Aisne

13 October - 2 November 1914

Battle of Armentieres

13 October 1914 Capture of Meteren
21 October 1914 Battle of Armentieres
August - November 1914 Soldier's Stories as reported in Lancaster newspapers
List of soldiers died August - December 1914
22 April to 25 May 1915 2nd Battle of Ypres
2 May 1915 Repulse of Gas Attack (Wieltje Farm)

24 May 1915

Repulse of Gas Attack (La Brique)

24-25 May 1915

Battle of Bellewaerde Ridge

12 April 1916

Raid at Rausart

1 July to 18 November 1916 The Somme
1 July 1916 Assault of North of Beaumont Hamel (Serre)
Major Henry Dearden Matson at the battle.
Message from Lieutenant General Hunter Weston

1-13 July 1916

The Somme: Battle of Albert

23 October 1916 Capture of Spectrum Trench

9 April - 4 May 1917

The Battles of Arras

9 April 1917 Capture of Fampoux

11 April 1917 to 11 May 1917

Capture of Roeux

3 May 1917 Attack near Fampoux
September to October 1917 3rd Battle of Ypres
9 October 1917 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of Poelcappelle
12 October 1917 3rd Battle of Ypres: Battle of Passchendaele
Capture of Poelcappelle
28 March 1918 Defence of Arras - Battle of River Scarpe

29 March 1918

Repulse of German attack River Scarpe

April 1918

Battle of Lys

18 April 1918

Battle of Bethune
Loss and Recapture of Riez du Vinage

2 September 1918

3rd Battle of the Somme
Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line

October to November 1918

Advance to Victory

27 October 1918 Capture of Querenaing
2 November 1918 Battle of Valenciennes and Capture of Querenaing and Presseau.
21 June 1919 Return to England

Message in a bottle: Well on the way to the front.  Just seen the last of England.  Mean to fight like Britons.  Hope to see Leicester square again shortly.  From the boys of the King's Own (R.L.R.), Dover, SS Saturnia.  2nd August 1914

Photographs: 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

bulletSS Saturnia, 23rd August 1914
bullet1st Battalion, King's Own in 1914 - Page One
bullet1st Battalion, King's Own in 1915

A digital version of the Battalion War Diary is available on cd-rom from the Museum Shop.

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