12 March

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 12 March.


  • Forfeiture of pay: J. Cunningham (16422)[1]
  • Enlisted to E Company: Tom Teasdaler (19437)[1]


Dear Sir, Just a line to say that I received your parcel of cigarettes and twist, and also matches, which prove to be very serviceable here, and useful, as you will no doubt be aware that French matches are absolutely useless, and beyond the means of the soldiers here. I am sure it speaks highly of you and your readers who subscribe so magnificently to your fund to provide smokes for those who are enduring the state of things in this country. I am pleased to say we are all quite well at present, and we are out of the trenches for a few days, but will not be long till we are back again. I am sorry to say that we lost some very fine chaps last week, including our Platoon Officer. You might find room in your valuable paper for these few lines, and to thank Mr. J. Sherwen, of Distington, for his kindness. I ask him to accept my kind regards and good wishes, and success to your valuable paper. [5]


  • Battalion situated in the Support Intermediate Line (Kuropatkin). The Lonsdales and Royal Engineer working parties[6] in the trenches during the day; relieves the 17th Highland Light Infantry in the front line trenches.[7]


  • Battalion situated in the line. Artillery activity above normal. Enemy shells 'Egypt' and 'Ajax Ho' and Allied artillery retaliates effectively on enemy machine guns during the night. Two officer patrols leave Posts 11 and 19 and gain valuable information. Further officers patrols leave Post 3 and proceed along the railway and obtain useful intelligence there.[8]
  • Deaths: Joseph Oliphant (241653 Pte.)  •  Edward Neal (4968 L/Cpl.)[9]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. 1.0 1.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/137
  2. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  3. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1916
  4. Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) - In France
  5. Lonsdales Lose Some Fine ChapsWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 24 March, 1916.
  6. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1917
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1918
  9. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) / Commonwealth War Graves Commission