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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, 1914-1918
Captain D. Pennington led a party, which he had previously
trained with great care, in a raid. Success was due to his courageous
leadership and skilful planning.
Second-Lieutenant B. H. Stott was severely wounded in an
attack, but rallied his men and led a second charge, when he was
again hit, receiving in all fifteen wounds.
FINALE
On the 4th July, 1918, the I2th Lancashire Fusiliers, under
orders for France, paraded for their farewell visit from their Com–
mander-in-Chief, General Sir G. F. Milne, K.C.B., D.S.O. Here is
the War Diary account:--
"The C.in-C. ·inspected the Battalion in Light Marching Order at
1800 hours. The Battalion was drawn up in mass and the C.-in-C.
carefully inspected all ranks. After the inspection all the officers and
W.Os. were formed up in front and the C.-in-C. wished each one
'Goodbye' afterwards presenting the Ribband of the Military Cross
to Capt. F. Franks and the Ribband of the ·Meritorious Service
Medal to 2/Lieut. P. MorrisoD, A.S.C., late C.Q.M.S. of this Battalion.
The Battalion was then closed up and the C.-in-C. made the following
speech :--
" 'Lancashire Fusiliers, before you leave this country
1
want to
thank you specially for the excellent work done and the magnificent
discipline maintained during the time you have been out here.
1
know that at one time you suffered more from malaria than any
other regiment, but
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am very glad to see how well you are looking
now.
" 'You are going to France because your own County troops,
the West Lancashire Division, have suffered severe losses and need
reinforcements. You are going as a Battalion, to take the place of
other Battalions that have been practically wiped out, but the same
spirit that has been shown by the splendid troops in France has
ALWAYS been shown by the Lancashire troops in this country.
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con–
gratulate you on it.
" 'I
am very sorry you are going, but it is for the good of the
country.' "
With this farewell message from their Commander-in-Chief the
record of the 12th Lancashire Fusiliers in the Great War may well
close. Directly afterwards the battalion went to France and was
incorporated with the 6th Battalion of the Regiment. No further
Order of Battle showed its name, but its spirit lived on and was
renewed in the battalions raised in its native Lancashire in later
years.