15 January

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 15 January.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:15 January.

1915 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • 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)[edit | edit source]

  • 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)[edit | edit source]

1918 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
Various sources contemporary to the war have been used to compile The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day. The majority of the events shown on this day (15 January), including any supplementary notes, enlistments and statistical data etc., have been primarily sourced from the Lonsdale Battalion War Diary (November 1915 to June 1918), Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) and abridged material from Timeline and Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915), which are sourced from the original DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Events from that chronology are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther (2016). They are identified and referenced separately by their unique DLONS numbers. Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate. All casualty names, numbers, ranks, date of deaths and places of burial/commemoration have been sourced from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database respectively.