15 November

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

1914 (Sunday)[edit | edit source]

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "Lonsdales beat the great 'Bighill United F.C.' Whitehaven by 5 goals to 1 yesterday, in the new shirts. 41 recruits, grand fellows, came in last night....1109 all ranks – I have also probably up to 70....and weed out undesirables as much as possible....I am assured by the men that we could raise another Battalion if we wanted to, but the men won’t hear of anything but the Lonsdales. After....Parade today I told them that we had raised the Battalion with their cooperation and it was their cooperation we relied upon to enable us to run it. It occurs to me that you might like to let the W.O.[n 1] know that obviously the way to get recruits is to send the men home on weekend pass and tell their friends the facts....The 4 London sergeants are grand they teach their men as much and more in an hour as others do in a week. Heavy snow today." [1]

1915 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Codford Camp: ‘The undermentioned men had sore feet yesterday caused by wearing one pair of socks in boots intended for two pairs. It is obvious that boots intended for two pairs of socks will rub if worn with only pair ... any man who is unable to obtain a sufficient number of pairs of socks will ask to see the O.C. of his Company ..." [2]
  • Instructions are given on the care of arms and the cleaning of rifles. [2]
  • Lt-Col. Machell: "...The badge approved by the Army Council and presented by the Earl of Lonsdale was in silver & cost 3/6. As men realised that the time of their departure was approaching they sent these badges home as souvenirs, and I arranged for the supply from a private source, of a bronze replica ... which has now been issued and which I beg to request may be adopted as a free issue to this Battalion in future. ..." [3]

1916 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at Black Horse Bridge. Orders are received to dump packs etc., then paraded in Battle order.
  • At 2pm the Lonsdales march to Englebelmer, arriving at 5pm.

1917 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated at 'Road Camp' involved in training.
  • The Divisional Commander inspects camp.

  1. War Office.
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/144
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/246
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 November), 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.