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A daily listing of movements, actions, events and political involvements of the Lonsdale Battalion that took place this day between 1914–1918. (This information refreshes daily.)

On this day in history (26 March)


  • The General Officer Commanding in Chief was very much pleased with his inspection this morning. He is well aware of the difficulties under which you formed your Battalion, and he considers very great credit is due to you for the efficient training and administration of which he saw such evident proof...He is confident that wherever you go you will sustain the credit of the Western Command, and he wishes all ranks of your Battalion to be informed accordingly. He will watch their military career with the greatest interest. [1][2]
  • It is probable that all men in billets will be moved into Camp during the month of April. Any claims for alleged damages should be submitted forthwith, as no subsequent claims can be considered. [3]
  • The Commanding Officer has received the following gifts of socks: St. Stephen’s Church Sewing Guild - 110 pairs; Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild (through Lady Valda Machell) - 10000 pairs; Lady Valda Machell - 41 pairs. [4]
  • Battalion order: Until further orders, besides being worn on guard & when walking out, Khaki uniforms, as fitted to each soldier, will be worn by him on leave, & on Saturdays & Sundays at all times, except on Fatigues & dirty work of any kind. [5]
  • Letter from Alfred Hall, head teacher of Seaton: ....seeing that the Battalion is one raised in Sporting Counties with one of our greatest sportsmen at its head, and also that Coursing appeals to the majority of men of Cumberland & Westmorland, I shall be pleased to make the Battalion the present of the pure bred red Greyhound dog “Hayes Gaffer” [6]
  • Lt-Col. Machell: ....the special modified course of Musketry with 10 Service Rifles at Burgh-by-Sands is now concluded. [7]
  • Twenty six men are discharged.[8]




  • The Lonsdales leave Canal Bank at 9.30am and entrain for Elverdinghe about 11am. Battle stores are issued before departure. They arrive at Aubigny at 9 p.m. Transport leaves by road at 12 noon. The men march to Wanquetin about 9 miles during aerial bombardment and encamp in huts.[12]

References / notes

Material from Timeline/Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915) are sourced from the DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Entries from this timeline are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther and are not available under the license of this site. Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.

  1. D. Macindoe. Captain for General Staff, Western Command.
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/58
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  5. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  6. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/127
  7. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/83
  8. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/137
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1916
  10. Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) - In France
  11. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1917
  12. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1918

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