Warrington, Cheshire, UK. 24th Feb, 2019. 24 February 2019 The sun shone strongly on the annual parade and service to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle for Pieter's Hill on 27th February 1900 by the 1st Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment (PWV) took place in The Queen's Gardens, Palmyra Square, Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK Credit: John Hopkins/Alamy Live News

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Warrington, Cheshire, UK. 24th Feb, 2019. 24 February 2019 The sun shone strongly on the annual parade and service to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle for Pieter's Hill on 27th February 1900 by the 1st Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment (PWV) took place in The Queen's Gardens, Palmyra Square, Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK Credit: John Hopkins/Alamy Live News
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The Bronze portrait statue in Queen’s Gardens, Warrington, is of Lt Colonel W McCarthy O’Leary, South Lancashire Regiment This officer commanded the 1st Battalion when it left Preston for South Africa to take part in the Boer Warrington At the siege of Ladysmith, when the British Garrison was besieged, great efforts were made to bring about a relief but difficulties constantly stood in the way. The Tugela River formed an admirable line of resistance for the Boers and the Tugela Heights had to be taken before Ldysmith could be approached It was Pieter’s Hill in the Tugela Heights that the 11th (Lancashire) Brigade specially distinguished itself for its action at this central elevation when the attack was successfully carried by the South Lancashire Regiment led by Lt Colonel McCarthy O’Leary in a charge of the utmost resolution and courage Lt Colonel O’Leary’s words as he led the charge have forever become part of the Regiment’s tradition and history. “Remember, men”, he called out, “The eyes of Lancashire are watching over you”. The Colonel fell dead with three of his men in the moment of Victory on 27 February 1900 The relief of Ladysmith was assured and the South Lancashire Regiment added one more inscription to the long list of Battle Honours Since the monument was erected and unveiled by General Sir Redvers Bullen KCB on 21 February 1907, many commemoration parades have been held
Location: Queen's Gardens, Palmyra Square, Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK

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