10 April

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 10 April.
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1915 (Saturday)

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: We did not leave on 7 April - the move is in abeyance. I believe the reason is the filthy condition of the Camp at Grantham – our advanced party is busy cleaning our part & I hope we may be able to go soon. It is time we got into Brigade so as to go ahead with our training exactly on proper lines.[1]
  • Lieut. Harrison’s writes lengthy report on [the state of] and plan of Belton Park, Grantham.[2]
  • Letter to Lt-Col. Machell from B.L. Montgomery: The move is hung up for the present; they are talking about reconstituting the 37th Division and until they have finished arguing about [that] we shall have to sit where we are. This is private. Meanwhile, the General does not want any time to be wasted, but training to go on as usual. I will wire you as soon as ever I know any definite re the move. If they do reconstitute the Division they may move battalions about into different brigades, but your battalion will remain anyhow, for which I am glad....I hope you are going on well.[2]

1916 (Monday)

  • Senlis: Situated in billets involved in training.

1917 (Tuesday)

  • Holnon: Battalion (less one company) remains in support to two battalions in the front line.
  • Time is spent improving shelters etc.
  • Relieves the 17th Highland Light Infantry in the front line. Relief complete at 10.30pm.
  • John Edward Steele (28154) dies of wounds.

1918 (Wednesday)

  • In the Line: Day quiet. Enemy appear to be registering tracks and woods.
  • Patrols locate enemy posts. Good results obtained from observation post.
  • 90 coils of wire put out at night.
  • Deaths: Ernest Graham (17570 Pte.) of C Company is killed in action, aged 23.
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/116
Various sources contemporary to the war have been used to compile The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day. The majority of the events shown on this day (10 April), including any supplementary notes, enlistments and statistical data etc., have been primarily sourced from the Lonsdale Battalion War Diary (November 1915 to June 1918), Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) and abridged material from Timeline and Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915), which are sourced from the original DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Events from that chronology are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther (2016). They are identified and referenced separately by their unique DLONS numbers. Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate. All casualty names, numbers, ranks, date of deaths and places of burial/commemoration have been sourced from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database respectively.
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