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For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:17 March.

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 17 March.

1915 (Wednesday)[edit]

Events preceding the Lonsdales' arrival in France
  • John Hill (19438) and F.W. Hodgson (19439) enlist to E Company.[1]
  • G. Fawcett (15417) is forfeited pay.[1]

1916 (Friday)[edit]

  • Battalion relieves the 17th Highland Light Infantry in the E1 sector near Hénencourt.
  • One other rank is wounded.

1917 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Le Quesnel: In Brigade Reserve.
  • Retirement of German Army; the Division moves forward and the Lonsdales parade in fighting order, marching to Rouvroy and remaining there for the night.

1918 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Situated in Brigade Reserve. Men resting by day and preparing to move forward into the line again.
  • Four officers and 60 other ranks are chosen to carry out a future raid. This detail moves to 'Abri Wood' at 8pm.
  • The Lonsdales relieve the 10th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; relief completes at 11.15pm.
  • Raiding Officers patrol over the area to be covered by the raiders.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/137


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 (17 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.