16 April

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 16 April.


  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: When we go to Grantham our Depot here has got to come under the Border Regiment at Carlisle....I am advised to ask you to be so kind as to write to Sir H. Mackinnon to tell him that you desire the Lonsdale Depot to remain under me, as long as we are in England, for all purposes....otherwise our recruiting will be completely killed....My Brigadier asks if I can get a couple of dummy machine guns made for training purposes. It is evidently impossible to obtain real machine guns, but dummies are equally good for training purposes. Could you ask Vickers Maxim or other firms if they will supply? [1]
  • Copy letter from Lt-Col. Machell: I have succeeded in obtaining the loan of 14 more service rifles, making 24 in all, and another 2000 rounds of ammunition.... [2]
  • Lt-Col Machell on Ceremonial Parade: The Battalion will parade at 7 a.m. tomorrow to Ceremonial....Dress Dill Order, Khaki. Companies will fall in on their private parades at 6.45 and after being sized from the flanks to centre will be told off into platoons of equal strength, before marching on to their right markers in Battalion. Early tea will be served at 6.20. There will be no Kit inspection tomorrow. Companies will devote such time as may be necessary to satisfying themselves that the method of softening new leather is thoroughly understood and regularly put into practice. Through Platoon and Section Commanders they must also satisfy themselves as to the condition of socks, shirts and boots. There will be no saluting drill tomorrow. [3]
  • Telegram to Lt-Col. Machell: Instructions from Western Command your battalion will not proceed to Grantham....your advance party at present at Grantham will be relieved....when relieved they will return Carlisle by ordinary train service. [4]



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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/83
  3. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/118
  4. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/116
  5. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  6. 11th Battalion War Diary, April 1916
  7. Percy Bowe (20287 L/Sgt.) is listed as having 'died of wounds' this day in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database and on 15 April in Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment.
  8. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) / Commonwealth War Graves Commission