11 March

March
Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 11 March.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1915 (Thursday)

  • Revised programme of work: daily: 7:45-9:45am physical drill, 10:00am-12:15pm and 14:00-17:00 training including entrenchments, musketry, rifle exercises, bayonet fighting, company, platoon and section drills, outposts, map reading, scouting, night operations.[1]
  • Battalion Orders: ....a scheme of distribution of the Field Glasses presented or lent for the use of NCO’s. In addition to the 13 pairs of Glasses originally provided by the National Service League, 50 pairs have now been received, besides £26 6s in cash, with which it is hoped to purchase glasses if any can be procured.[2] Captain Rivington assumes responsibility for providing field glasses for the NCO’s of his own Company.[3]

1916 (Saturday)

1917 (Sunday)

  • Situated in the Support Intermediate Line (Kuropatkin).
  • Working with the Royal Engineers on working parties in the trenches.

1918 (Monday)

  • Battalion in the line. A party of 150 of the enemy armed with revolvers raid No.15 Post. Covered by a machine gun barrage, they sweep into the post taking 4 prisoners. One man escapes with a Lewis gun.
  • Enemy quiet by day but active on tracks with machine guns by night.
  • Three officer patrols leave Posts 19, 15 and 11, proceeding along the roads and obtained useful information regarding enemy wire and machine guns.
  • Aircraft very active. Wiring by night.
Notes
References
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/185
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
Acknowledgements
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 (11 March), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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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