16 March

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 16 March.

1915[edit]

  • 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]
  • E. Sykes (13366) is appointed as Lance Sergeant in A Company.[3]

1915[edit]

1916[edit]

  • Battalion situated in billets in Albert providing working parties[6] for the Royal Engineers.[7]

1917[edit]

  • Battalion situated at Le Quesnel in Brigade Reserve involved in parades of training and working parties.[8]

1918[edit]

  • Battalion 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.[9]
  • Conferences are held concerning projected raid.

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.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/13/13/108
  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.
  6. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  7. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1916
  8. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1917
  9. 11th Battalion War Diary, March 1918