15 May

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

1915 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • The Lonsdales move to Brigade Camp at Prees Heath, Shropshire, (124th Brigade). The people of Carlisle give a mighty send off. Bands play and crowds cheer all the way along the rail lines to Oxenholme.

1916 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion is situated at Contay Wood involved in training.
  • Lieuts. G. Spring-Rice and C.W. Fowke[1][2] report their arrival.

1917 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion leaves Offoy at 4.15am and marches to Puzeau via Nesle and Corcny. Arrive at 8.45am.

1918 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Maisinieres: Training the Cadre[note 1] in their duties and waiting for 328th U.S. Infantry Regiment to arrive.[note 2]
  1. The Battalion war diary states that at midnight on 9/10 May, 1918, the 5th Border Regiment and 11th Border Regiment were amalgamated. After amalgamation a training cadre of ten officers and 51 other ranks was formed and retained the Lonsdale title of the 11th Battalion the Border Regiment, which continued as a training cadre until total disbandment on 31 July, 1918. The remaining cadre then joined the 1/5th Border Regiment and the Lonsdale Battalion ceased to exist.
  2. Additionally, during the period 1319 May, 1918, the Lonsdales were under the administration of 198 Infantry Brigade. On 20 May they were transferred to the 199 Infantry Brigade.
  1. From the Supplement to The London Gazette, 11th August 1915: Temporary Lieutenant C. W. Fowke, from 9th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), to be temporary Lieutenant. Dated 21st July, 1915, but with seniority from 2nd November, 1914.
  2. From the Supplement to The London Gazette, 1st November 1920: Labour Corps, The undermentioned temp. Capts. relinquish their commissions on completion of service, 2 Nov. 1920, and retain the rank of Capt.: C.W. Fowke.
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 May), 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.