18 March

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 18 March.


  • Letter from Brigadier Collings to Lt-Col. Machell: Your men are accommodated in huts and the Racecourse building. Please let me know how many in each, and if the accommodation is sufficient for your requirements, also terms you hold the buildings on that is tied or free & when hiring terminates. I see your depot remains at the Racecourse on the battalion proceeding to a training centre. If congestion is the reason you could I suppose easily camp out a company. [1]
  • Copy of Lt-Col. Machell’s reply: One company is located in the various rooms of the Grandstand, one in the stables, which have been specially adapted, and two Companies are in hutments which have been constructed for the purpose. The Camp is situated at a distance of 2 miles from Carlisle. We have no telephone. [1]
  • Letter from B.L. Montgomery to Lt-Col. Machell: I was talking to General Caunter at Command Headquarters today on the telephone and he said that from now on we were to consider you as belonging to our 112th Brigade.[2]
  • Battalion Orders: The attention of all ranks ... is called to the urgent necessity of keeping all gates on the racecourse closed, in order to avoid damage to the cattle and sheep of the grazing tenant. [3]
  • The new Khaki Uniforms will be taken into wear for walking out and otherwise when specially ordered and the clothing of each NCO and soldier is passed. [4]
  • F. Bradshaw (19440) enlists into E Company.[5]


  • Battalion situated in the E1 sector near Hénencourt. Front very quiet.[6]



  • Battalion situated in the line. All is quiet except for trench mortars 'Egypt Ho' and machine gun fire on tracks during the night.[9]
  • A and D Companies hold outpost line from area near 'Turenne Crossing' and 'Colombo Ho'. C Company stays in support whilst B remains in reserve. Each post is held by 1 NCO and 6 men.[9]
  • No movement during the day; wiring and working during the night. Hot food carried up twice nightly to all posts by B Company.[9]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.