14 December

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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:14 December.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 14 December.


  • Enlistments: Thomas Nichol (17374 Pte.)
  • Letter to Lt-Col. Machell: Daily News Army and Navy Xmas Pudding Fund....at the request of Lord Lonsdale we....forward 10 cases each containing ten 8lb tins and one containing five 8lb tins of Xmas Puddings....on the basis of half-a-pound of pudding per man, this consignment will provide for 1680 men in all. [1]


  • Right half Battalion returns to Bouzincourt from the trenches near Albert.[2][3]
  • Officers and NCO’s of left half of Battalion are attached for instruction in the trenches to garrison the F1 and F2 sub-sectors.[2]
  • They are in very good form, and prepared to look smiling under all possible circumstances. I had a talk yesterday on the futility of grousing and the necessity of making the best instead of the worst of everything. Sandbags much wanted. I have been in the trenches a lot to-day, and see how useful a private supply would be. Difficulty in keeping the walls standing, owing to the quantity of water, and there is nothing like sandbags.Lt-Col. P.W. Machell [3]


  • Battalion situated at Berteaucourt involved in bombing and Lewis guns instruction. Companies parade for physical drill under Company arrangements.[4]


  • Battalion situated at 'Dambre Camp' involved in training.[5]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.