19 November

November

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

1914 (Thursday)

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: "the blankets have not actually arrived[a], but I have a notice today that a large quantity was despatched yesterday, so I expect we shall have them very soon. All going well – I had a special little parade at noon today....which went off well."[1]

1915 (Friday)

  • "It is possible that Battalions disembarking at Boulogne may remain in the Rest Camp for any period up to 24 hours. Battalions leaving Boulogne take the unconsumed portion of the current day’s ration with them. The following day’s ration is loaded in bulk on the train from Havre with the Transport portion."[2]

1916 (Sunday)

  • Battalion is situated at 'Wagon Road' in same position as yesterday. No other action is taken by the enemy except for heavy shrapnel and a high explosive barrage causing several casualties.
  • During and after the attack, when the men were holding onto ground taken, the enemy used surprise tactics. Whilst coming out unarmed with their hands up, Lonsdale men leave the safety of the trenches to capture enemy prisoners. In doing so the 'surrendering' enemy drops suddenly and Lonsdale men are shot by concealed gunmen further on.
  • A little after noon the Battalion is relieved by the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers.
  • James Maclagan (17577) of B Company dies of wounds at a casualty clearing station.[b]

1917 (Monday)

  • Battalion situated at 'Road Camp' involved in training.


Notes

  1. From Machell's despatch on 17 November asking for "six hundred blankets required to give each man three owing [to the] severe cold."
  2. James Maclagan was just 21 years of age. He is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery.

References

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/279
  2. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/144
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