15 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 15 January.


  • 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]
  • Enlistments: Joseph Henry Dowson (17518 Pte.)
  • Enlistments to E Company: [3]
  • 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)


  • In rest billets at Bouzincourt.[4]
  • Private R. Pearson writes: 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. [5]



  • Battalion situated at Tournehem. Parading on 'B' Range and carrying out firing practices.[8]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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. 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. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1916
  5. Overrun with RatsWorkington Star and Harrington Guardian, Published January, 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, January 1917
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918