15 January


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 15 January.
For events that took place elsewhere, see our sister project The Great War On This Day

1915 (Friday)

  • R.H. Hodgson of Workington: "... by far the best way of obtaining recruits, I feel sure if you could send a number of good men to say – Workington, Maryport and Cockermouth & perhaps to a few of the larger villages, the results would be good..." [1]
  • Battalion Orders: On and after Sunday 16th every man leaving camp for the purpose of proceeding to town will be required to carry a cane of regulation length. [2]
  • Deserter Isaac Parker (16286) of C Company is struck off.[3]
  • Punishments: R. Rumney (13845) of D Company is given 28 days’ detention.[3][a]
  • Joseph Henry Dowson (17518 Pte.) enlists into A Company.
  • Fourteen new recruit enlistments to E Company: [3][b]

1916 (Saturday)

  • Bouzincourt: In rest billets.
  • Private R. Pearson writes to the Workington Star and Harrington Guardian: "Dear Sir – I take this opportunity of thanking you for the splendid gift of cigarettes, which were delivered to me in the trenches. We are at present resting in a village behind the firing line. We are billeted in old barns, which are over-run with rats. Thanking you and your readers once again, and wishing your valuable paper, every success." [4]

1917 (Monday)

1918 (Tuesday)

  • Tournehem: Parading on 'B' Range and carrying out firing practices.


  1. Private Rumney is disciplined/detained on at least two other occasions, those on 23 January and 6 March, 1915.
  2. The following men are enlisted into E Company:
    • H. Routledge (17506)
    • R. Turnbull (17507)
    • John Quinn (17508)
    • J.W. Robinson (17509)
    • Thomas Irving (17510)
    • Richard Woods (17511)
    • W.G. Kirkham (17512)
    • Cecil Crane (17513)
    • J.A. Bell (17514)
    • J.H. Bragg (17515)
    • George Sproat (17516)
    • Gilbert Messenger (17517)
    • J.H. Dowson (17518)
    • N.L. Cook (17519)


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/199
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
  4. From the newspaper article Overrun with Rats.
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