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8th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment served with 25th Division, II Anzac Corps near the Ontario Farm mine, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.

The 8th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was a Kitchener Regiment raised in Preston in September 1914. After training at Boscombe, Bournmouth, Romsey and Aldershot, they proceeded to France landing at Bologne on the 16th of September 1915 with 25th Division. They saw action at Vimy Ridge and on the Somme in 1916.

The 25th Division arrived in the Ploegsteert Sector at the end of October 1916.

After dark on the 6th of June 1917, the men of the 8th Battalion took up their positions as part of the 7th Brigade on the left of the 25th Division's sector, just to the south of the Wulverghem to Wytschaete road, with the 74th Brigade on the right and the 75th in support behind them.

The attack was launched at 3.10am on the 7th of June with the detonation of 19 huge mines beneath the German lines along the nine mile ridge between Hill 60 near Ypres and St Yves near Plogsteert.

Into the dust filled, dimly lit battlefield the 8th Loyals moved swiftly from the assembly trenches and crossed the dry bed of the Steenbeck to reach their objective, the St Eloi to Messines Road capturing the high ground and driving the enemy back to his support lines.

A few days later the battalion took part in the second advance, the 7th Brigade being located to the East of Messines, pushing the enemy back to Gappard. The Division was withdrawn on the 7th of July and began preparations for teh next offensive, the Battle of Passchendaele.

8th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Ormerod  
  • James Pte.
  • Owen  
  • William Alfred Pte.
  • Patten
  • William Henry Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Ramsay  DSO MID
  • Stuart Cptn. d.2nd June 1917

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