14 April

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 14 April.


  • Letter from E Company written on Y.M.C.A. paper:
After parade today....the Coy held a meeting, to ask you whether Sergeant Major Oliver has to stay with E Coy or the boys have to be bullied to death through him as the company have no heart to work when he is in sight and we also agreed not to do fatigue work after five o'clock as all the Battalions were to blame and not us only as was stated. We understood that when we enlisted in the Lonsdale Battalion that we would be trained to be soldiers not slaves and would be very pleased if you would do something for us. This letter is instead of that Post Card which you will very likely receive. [1]
  • Y.M.C.A. post card reads: We think it is time that Sergeant Major Oliver was shifted as we have no heart to work through his bullying. [1]


Dear Star Man, I now take the pleasure of writing and acknowledging the parcel of smokes forwarded on to me, and I must take this opportunity of thanking the customers of the Royal Hotel, oh! to have a night with them! Well we have been back a bit, but they have moved us up again, and we expect to go in the firing line in a couple of days time. I saw in your paper where the 5th Border were grumbling about hard work, but I think all the Border men are alike. If there are any fatigues in our Division it’s “send for the 11th Border.” Thanking you and your subscribers for their kindness towards me, and trusting you will convey my thanks to the customers of the Royal Hotel, not forgetting Jack Bates himself, through your valuable paper.
P.S. – As regards the fatigues our fellows have to do, they have got a little rhyme up, and it can be seen any time you have a mind to have a walk up the communication trench to the firing line. It runs as follows:
The Lord made the bee,
The bee made the honey;
The Border do the work,
And the R.E.’s get the money. [4]



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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/131
  2. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  3. 3.0 3.1 11th Battalion War Diary, April 1916
  4. Been Back a Bit, but Moved Up AgainWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian. Published 28 April 1916.