12 January


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 12 January.
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1915 (Tuesday)

  • 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)

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

1917 (Friday)

  • 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.


1918 (Saturday)

  • 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
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