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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 11 September.

1914[edit]

  • Enlistments: Thomas Edwards (16300 Pte.).
  • Letter from D. Morphy & Co, Kendal: We have secured sufficient Army Grey Flannel to make 1000 men’s shirts, & can make & deliver these next week. [1]
  • Notes of the Week: In the meantime recruiting is progressing fairly briskly, and it seems that Lord Kitchener will easily raise half a million men – or more – if he needs them. And he says he does need them. But such posters as that now on the hoardings, bearing Lord Lonsdale’s name, will not do any good. To ask “Are you a man or mouse?” will, I fancy, be taken as an insult by most men.
There are many good men – and quite as loyal as Lord Lonsdale – who, for various reasons – cowardice not being one of them – cannot see their way to joining the Colours just now; but that is no reason they should be called mice. No doubt the poster was issued with a good intention; but – well – we are told that a certain main road is paved with good intentions. My own opinion is that the poster ought to be looked upon as a specimen of zeal over-running discretion; but I know a good many men who don’t take that view of it. [2]

1916[edit]

  • Battalion Companies at the disposal of Company Commanders during morning; afternoon is given up to recreation.[3]

1917[edit]

References / notes[edit]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/70
  2. Published in the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, 11 September 1914.
  3. 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1916
  4. 4.0 4.1 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1917
  5. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  6. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.