17 October

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 17 October.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:17 October.

1914 (Saturday)[edit | edit source]

  • Four men are recruited at Warwick Bridge; a further 15 men are recruited at Carlisle Cross and 7 Devonshire Street.[1]
  • Recruiting Office sent 5 attestations to Blackhall Camp.[2]
  • Enlistments: William Airey (15295).
  • Lt-Col. Machell, along with the Orderly Room Staff and Lieutenant and Quartermaster Dawson, move from Penrith to Blackhall Racecource, Carlisle.[3][4]
  • Letter from Dr. Morland: "Owing to the development of varicose veins in both legs I consider Private J. Colman to be unfit for Military Service. While on duty the condition became gradually worse." [5]

1916 (Tuesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion leaves Monchy Breton at 7am in full marching order.
  • Arrives Moncheaux at 3pm.

1917 (Wednesday)[edit | edit source]

  • Teteghem: B, C and D Company are at the disposal of Company Commanders for physical drill and musketry training.
  • A Company goes on 6 mile route march.
  • Recreation takes place in the afternoon.

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 October), 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 Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate.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.