19 November

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 19 November.


  • Lt-Col. Machell to Lord Lonsdale: ....the blankets have not actually arrived [from 17 November's despatch], 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]


  • Battalion 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.[2]
  • 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 left 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.[2]
  • A little after noon the Battalion is relieved by the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers.[2]


  • Battalion situated at 'Road Camp' involved in training.[3]

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 Please do not publish these extracts on other publicly visible media without prior permission from the copyright holder.