19 March

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Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 19 March.


  • Lt-Col. Machell’s draft letter to Henry Mackinnon, Western Command: I hear that we are probably to assemble at Grantham early in April. As regards strength almost up to 1350, all ranks, but we are now weeding steadily & recruiting has checked since we had to close our private recruiting office. Today our strength is 29 officers, 1302 NCO’s & men. I am collecting officers gradually, and I think I can get the men. It did us so much harm before having to turn men back. I am sorry to say we still have only our 400 old rifles, and 10 new miniature, but I have borrowed 10 service rifles & collected 2500 rounds of ammunition. [1]
  • The miniature [firing] range is at the disposal of Companies who have not yet completed the group shooting practice; will later do fire the timed application practice.[2]


  • Battalion situated in the E1 sector near Hénencourt. Front very quiet.[3]


  • Division continues its advance and the Lonsdales march to Herley, which was completely destroyed by retiring enemy. They remain there the night.[4]


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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.