19 March


Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 19 March.
For events that took place elsewhere, see 19 March on The Great War wiki.

1915 (Friday)

  • 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]

1916 (Sunday)

  • Front very quiet.
  • Lonsdales situated in the E1 sector near Hénencourt.

1917 (Monday)

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

1918 (Tuesday)


  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/114
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/135
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