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The Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, London, 1925
The Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, London, 1925
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Honouring the fallen

After the First World War, British society had to come to terms with the loss of huge numbers of its service personnel. Across the country, people found ways to commemorate the fallen at a local and national level.

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Soldiers of The 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) defending the Colours at Albuera, 1811

Save the Colours!

Colours have been the focus of some of the most bitter fighting and magnificent acts of heroism in British Army history. Soldiers often fought to the last to preserve them in battle, and they continue to hold totemic significance for regiments today.

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Royal Army Temperance Association medal for 20 years' abstinence awarded to Private J H Smith, The Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1915 

‘Watch and Be Sober’: The story of Army temperance

This collection of Army temperance medals demonstrates the efforts made by officers and soldiers in the 19th and early 20th centuries to resist the temptation, and avoid the perils, of the demon drink.

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The 3rd Light Dragoons at Ferozeshah, 21 December 1845

First Sikh War

In 1845-46, the British fought a war against the Sikh Empire in the Punjab. After several bitterly fought battles, the conflict ended with the British taking partial control of the Sikh territories.

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The Battle of Chillianwala, 13 January 1849

Second Sikh War

In 1848-49, British-Indian forces were once again at war with the Sikh Empire. The campaign that raged across the Punjab eventually led to the region's full annexation by the British and the removal of one of the last Indian powers able to challenge British control of the subcontinent.

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Cap badge, The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, c1980

The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1970 and continued in British Army service until 2006 when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

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Lapel badge, War Widows Association of Great Britain, 2018

War Widows Association: Supporting the families of the fallen

Today, the UK government makes financial provision for the spouses and partners of soldiers who have died in the line of duty. But this has not always been the case, and there have been a number of changes along the way.

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Cap badge, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), c1940

The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

This infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It continued in service until 1970, when it amalgamated with The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) to form The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

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Glengarry badge, 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

47th (The Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry regiment was raised in 1741. It served in many campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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Glengarry badge, other ranks’, 81st (Royal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot, c1874

81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers)

This line infantry regiment was raised in 1793 and continued in British Army service until 1881 when it was merged into The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

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3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) keeping fit on board HMT 'Orion' en route to Egypt, 1941

The Sale Collection: Voyaging to war

In the third instalment of this series, we explore the exploits of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in 1941 as they travel around Africa en route to the desert war in Egypt and Libya.

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The coffin of the Unknown Warrior borne in a wagon with a guard of Allied soldiers, 10 November 1920

The Unknown Warrior: A mystery solved

The grave of the Unknown Warrior contains the remains of an unidentified British serviceman, interred in 1920 to honour the fallen of the First World War. The selection of the Warrior was a secretive event and remains shrouded in mystery.

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Cap badge, other ranks, The East Lancashire Regiment, c1914

The East Lancashire Regiment

This infantry regiment was created in 1881. It continued in service until 1958, when it was amalgamated with The South Lancashire Regiment to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers).

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