16 March

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 16 March.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:16 March.

1915 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Sergeant Peter Crilley is convicted of being drunk and disorderly in Carlisle and fined 10s [50p] and asked to revert to the rank of Corporal. Private Robert Carruthers is convicted of being drunk and capable and fined 5s [25p].[1]
  • Battalion Orders: The Miniature Range this week will be at the disposal of Companies for snapshooting ... practice will be carried out lying down over sandbags, 5 seconds allowed.[2]
  • "Officers Commanding Companies must be very particular to see that no alterations are made in the new Khaki Clothing ... There is always a tendency for young soldiers to desire to have their clothing made so tight as to make it impossible for them to move their limbs freely. This is harmless if it is merely 'walking out dress,' but it is absolutely fatal to attempt to make "service dress" fit closely. Very real soldier endeavours to have his service dress as easy and comfortable as possible, and service dress made too tight only makes the wearer look ridiculous." [2]
  • S. Bryan (13294) is promoted to Sergeant in A Company.[3]
  • Edwin Sykes (13366) is appointed as Lance Sergeant in A Company.[3]
  • The Lonsdales are transferred to the 112th Brigade, under Brigadier-General Mackenzie.[4][5]

1916 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

1917 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • Le Quesnel: in Brigade Reserve involved in parades of training and working parties.

1918 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Situated in Brigade Reserve. Two companies work on 'Corps Line' during the day, the other two bathe during the afternoon and worked on 'Corps Line' near Ney Farm during the night.
  • Conferences are held concerning projected raid.
  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/108
  2. 2.0 2.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/136
  3. 3.0 3.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/137
  4. The Lonsdale Battalion Border Regiment, September 1914 to June 1915. The date in this source conflicts with Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) - In England by two days (18 March)
  5. The Lonsdales had been previously attached to the 124th Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brigadier-General Collings.
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 (16 March), 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.