12 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 12 January.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:12 January.

1915 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "The War Office letter authorising first 1 Depot Company which we are rapidly completing....we have just got started again, & men are coming in splendidly – all I want is to let them go on coming in until we have got the two double companies, and then shut down – this recruiting, as far as the Lonsdale Battalion is concerned works on ‘snowball’ lines – the more we get the more come – I know Lord Kitchener wants them and propose to carry on....Today only 65 are required to complete establishment of 1st Depot Company, and over 20 recruits again will be coming in this afternoon." [1]
  • "In future, only Civilian Instructors & Staff Sergeants will sleep in the Sergeants Room. All ... officers ... will occupy the bunks which have been specially prepared for them." [2]
  • Sixteen new recruit enlistments to E Company:[a]

1916 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Aveluy:In the F1 sector. The day is quiet.

1917 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • Serre: On the front line near Serre. Enemy Artillery is very active.
  • Battalion is relieved by the 17th Highland Light Infantry and moves into billets in Courcelles.

Deaths[edit | edit source]

1918 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Tournehem: Involved in defensive training and Lewis guns on range.

  1. The following men enlisted into E Company of the Battalion:
    • K. MacDonald (17490)
    • R.H. Nichol (17491)
    • J.T. Mounsey (17492)
    • W.L. Williams (17493)
    • C.J. Stevenson (17494)
    • H. Doran (17495)
    • William Kirkbride (17496)
    • A. Hackett (17497)
    • T.B. Wilson (17498)
    • Robert Dixon (17499)
    • T.P. Millican (17500)
    • George Kidd (17501)
    • Isaac Irving (17502)
    • John Haydon (17503)
    • J.R. Anderson (17504)
    • D. Barnes (17506)
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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 (12 January), 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.