17 September

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 17 September.

1914[edit]

  • Approval of the Army Council is given (War Office letter No. 20/Gen. No./3162 (A.G.1) and an Executive Committee is formed.
  • Earl of Lonsdale and the Executive Committee decide to raise the "Lonsdale Battalion" in three detachments: Carlisle, Kendal and Workington.[1]

1916[edit]

  • In reserve line billets (Harley Street). Finds working parties [2] for the front line trenches and Royal Engineers.[3]

1917[edit]

  • In the front line. Encounters a raid on 'C' Company's lines about 3:30am with one other rank killed and one wounded.[4]
  • Heavy hostile bombardment on left sub-sector (St. Georges and Lombardzyde) during the afternoon.[4]
  • One enemy soldier, who is wounded during raid on 'C' Company, is brought into 11th Border's lines.[4]
  • Deaths: Fred Clancey (28832 Pte.).[5]

References / notes[edit]

  1. There were four companies in the three detachments: A and B Companies from East and North Cumberland were based at Blackhall Racecourse in Carlisle, C Company from Westmorland was based at Kendal, and D Company from West Cumberland was based at Workington.
  2. A group of soldiers (or prisoners) that are assigned to perform manual tasks or duties, for their own or other units.
  3. 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1916
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 11th Battalion War Diary, September 1917
  5. Soldiers Died in the Great War (1921) cross referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.